It's been 50 years since Aston Martin first teamed up with Italian coachbuilder Zagato to produce the iconic Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, a lightweight, racing version of the DB4GT coupe. To help celebrate that milestone, the two will formally unveil their latest collaborative effort later this month at the Villa D'Este Concours in Italy. While all that's been officially released for now is this intriguing teaser image, several British automotive magazines indicate the vehicle that will be displayed will be a Zagato-bodied racing version of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage.
So far, Aston Martin has only confirmed that this lightweight one-off will be entered in several motorsport events, including the annual 24-hour enduro at the Nurburgring in June. However, the automaker plans to use the car's various public appearances to gauge potential customer interest in a limited-edition series-build version of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Zagato, which seems likely to enter production next year. Beyond turning out 19 of the iconic DB4GT Zagato racers, Aston Martin and Zagato have joined forces for several other projects in the past, including the 1986 V8 Vantage Zagato and the 2002/2003 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato and U.S.-only DB-AR1 (American Roadster 1).
In commenting on the start of this latest cooperative effort, Aston CEO Ulrich Bez said: 'The DNA of both Aston Martin and Zagato has combined successfully to make some of the world's most desirable collector cars in the past and in this special anniversary year of the DB4GT Zagato it is appropriate to explore a modern collaboration. Now is the right time for a new Aston Martin Zagato and in combining our design intelligence I think we can create something fitting of the iconic DB4GT Zagato that has gone before and since established itself as one of the most famous Aston Martins of all time."