DB4 GT Zagato Barchetta Replica
DB4 GT Zagato Barchetta Replica

DB4 GT Zagato Barchetta Replica

(2002)

This pretty creation gives an clear impression of how Zagato may have developed the concept of an open version of the DB4GT Zagato. It has been named as a Barchetta which is Italian for little boat although you could equally call it a 'Speedster'

 

DB4 GT Zagato Barchetta Replica

This ambitious project was undertaken by the Derby based company Aston Engineering, based on a standard DB4 chassis and a sketch provided by owner. This was substantially re-engineered with a shortened wheelbase and substantial strengthening to improve torsional rigidity following the removal of the roof. No fabric roof appears be have been made for the car – if it rains, the driver and passenger will get wet, much like the similar DB AR1.

The engine was uprated to 4.2 litre specification and with tuning, the straight 6 cylinder produces around 350 bhp. The finished car is about 25cm shorter and 130 kg lighter than the donor car, so with the 4.2 engine, the Barchetta is a more than a match for the regular Zagato

Just to be clear – this is not an actual period Aston Martin model or indeed built by Zagato but is a wonderful way of taking a poorly DB4 and making something different from the normal ‘replica’ that has become rather too commonplace.