Italian coachbuilder Zagato will work with Aston Martin to develop a new car, previewed by this teaser photo. As is typical of Zagato, the new car will likely be a restyled version of an existing Aston production car. According to both firms, the new car will celebrate 50th anniversary of their first collaboration, the DB4GT Zagato.
The DB4GT was a higher-performance, lightweight version of Aston’s DB4GT. It debuted at the 1960 London Motor Show and went into production in 1961, although just 19 copies were built (a handful of continuation cars were built in the early 1990s). In 1986, Zagato and Aston Martin paired up again, this time building the V8 Vantage Zagato and V8 Zagato Volante. Most recently, the 2002 Paris Motor Show was the debut location for the DB7 Zagato, of which 100 production models were produced.
Little is known about the new car, but it is set to be revealed at the Villa d’Este Concours in Italy on Sunday, May 21. Later in May, a race version of the new car will compete at Germany’s Nürburgring. Aston Martin will use the Italian unveil to gauge customer response to the car and, if the feedback is positive, may put the new car into production sometime in 2012.
We’re just happy to see Zagato keeping busy once again. In addition to the Aston project, the company’s recent works include the custom-bodied Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa, the road-going TZ3 Stradale (built atop a Dodge Viper chassis), and a modified Fiat 500 coupe.
Source: Aston Martin