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Icon 4x4 Remakes Aston Martin’s DB4GT Zagato as a Roadster

Matthew Phenix

There are few stars in the automotive universe that have shone more brightly than the Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato. Revealed at the London Motor Show in 1960, the Italian-ized DB4GT wore curvaceous bodywork by Ercole Spada (the young designer’s first work for Zagato; he went on to pen such classics as the Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato and BMW’s E32 7 Series and E34 5 Series models). Aston Martin produced a scant 19 examples of the DB4GT Zagato—cars that today, on the rare occasion one crosses the auction block, command upwards of $4 million.

California-based Icon, a company whose praises we’ve been singing for years for its finely crafted and peerlessly capable retro off-roaders, is revisiting Spada’s masterful design and—with the assistance of the 74-year-old designer himself—creating the DB4GT Zagato that might’ve been: the Roadster.

Icon calls its DB4GT Zagato Roadster a “Reformer,” describing it as “Concours quality restorations hiding modern chassis engineering.” The classically styled roadster will hide a trove of modern mechanicals, including Aston Martin’s superb 6.0-liter V-12, likely producing well in excess of 500 hp. Performance should be brisk. The original DB4GT, which made use of a 3.7-liter in-line 6-cylinder engine producing 314 hp, tipped the scales at just 2,700 pounds. At this point, Icon is tight-lipped as to when we’ll see a finished product and how much one will cost; the company has so far only teased us with the drawing you see here. Consider us intrigued. We’ll keep you posted. (icon4x4.com)

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