OUR FIRST RELEASE IN 2015
Many thanks are due to Aston Martin Lagonda Limited and its Heritage Center for their generous advice and support while CMC was developing a high-end replica of the world-famous DB4 Zagato – the M-132 model you see here.
Such advice and support are invaluable since there are many variations on the nineteen original DB4 Zagatos. In fact, each of these originals is known to be unique on its own. Even if we had adhered to a particular original, it could have assumed different looks at different points in time. Historic accuracy, therefore, is relative and may well be elusive in this case.
At the recommendation of our licensor, CMC decided not to base its replica on any one particular chassis of the nineteen originals. Rather the replica is designated to capture what is most reminiscent of the defining characteristics of the DB4 Zagato and its historic involvement in international racing. Representativeness rather than “historic accuracy” was a top priority.
We are especially obliged to the Aston Martin Heritage Center for providing us with access to such an exemplar, which is on display at Verkehrshaus Lucerne (Lucerne Museum of Transport). Mr. Ercole Spada, chief stylist of the Zagato studio house in the 1960s, is known to have scanned this exhibit digitally and found it “identical” to what he had had in mind when designing the famous DB4 GT Zagato.
The M-132 replica that CMC has developed is approved by Aston Martin. It is a powerful reminder of the DB4 Zagatos in terms of its characteristically neat styling, cutting-edge mechanics, and historic involvement in international racing (i.e. Aston Martin racing green and engine hood latches, etc.). We hope customers will find in their hearts appreciation of this approach, as well.
What serves as a powerful reminder of Aston Martin? Simply put, the DB4 GT Zagato, which has become one of the most sought-after sports cars in the world today. By adopting a soft design language that accentuates the styling of curves, Gianni Zagato succeeded in tailoring an imaginative body for the car. Interestingly all the nineteen original cars are a little different form each other, as Zagato graciously accommodated customer preferences in detailing the body of each car.
Aston Martin’s immediate goal was to compete against the dominant Ferrari 250 GT SWB and even outpace it. The DB4 GT Zagato was famous for its light-weight body. This was achieved by wise choice of materials (e.g. thin aluminium plates) and removal of body trimmings and unnecessary luxuries so that the weight of the DB4 GT was reduced by more than 100 kg. But even this radical “body slimming” and the maximum output of 314 hp were not enough to clinch the success that Aston Martin had hoped for. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1961, two Zagato’s from the Essex Racing Stable of Great Britain raced with the license plates “1 EV” and “2 EV,” but they failed to break the dominance of the Ferrari cars. Even seasoned pilots like Jim Clark, Roy Salvadori, and Innes Ireland had to concede to the Ferrari dominance in subsequent races, which saw them each drive a Zagato.
CMC based its replica on the 19 original Zagato’s and has it painted in “Aston Martin racing green.”
Maximum output: 314 hp at 6,000 rpm
Displacement: 3,670 ccm
Top speed: 246 km/hr
Bore x stroke: 92 x 92 mm
Wheel base: 2,363 mm
Track front / rear: 1,372 / 1,359 mm
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