Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato ‘Chequered History’

Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato ‘Chequered History’

Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Le Mans 24-Hours 1961 (Fairman / Consten). ‘1VEV’ in action at the ‘61 Le Mans, down the pit straight, passing the sister no.3 car as it pulls into the pits, seen in the bodywork reflection. One of the most prominent & important Astons, chassis #182. One half of the famous pairing of ‘1VEV’ & ‘2VEV’; both cars were entered into the 1961 Le Mans by John Ogier’s Essex Racing Stable. Unfortunately both cars retired within laps of one another with blown Head Gaskets. 1VEV would go on to beat it’s main automotive rival; the Ferrari 250GT SWB, at the ‘61 Tourist Trophy, quite a feat given that the DB4s were skittish, tricky to handle & much heavier then the Ferrari. Despite its flaws the Zagatos were brilliantly noisy & great fun to throw around in the hands of skilled drivers, which gave the car immense appeal with race drivers at the time, as well as spectators.

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Motorsport Artwork from Automotive Designer; Pete Clarke. Artwork created using mixed techniques including pencil sketch, marker, oil and finished digitally in Photoshop.

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