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)