CMC Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato #1, 24H France, 1961
Limited Edition 2500 pcs.
Big-name manufacturers of racing cars were always eager to meet the challenge of the endurance race of the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 1961 French private drivers Jean Kerguen and his co-pilot Jacques Dewez joined the race with their Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, and they faired very well until bad luck struck at the last minute.
CMC replicated their creamy white DB4 Zagato with starting number 1 and a prominent red/green race stripe as a high-end model.
Jean Kerguen, one of the best private race drivers of France in the late 1950s, qualified to participate in the 1961 Le Mans with his Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. While preparing for the race, he won the support of Marcel Blondeau, the official Aston Martin dealer in France and owner of Garage Mirabeau. Especially helpful was Des O´Dell, an Aston Martin expert on the Mirabeau team who was experienced in race car development and had an excellent grasp on the Le Mans racing scene. Jean Kerguen and his co-pilot Jacques Dewez (nickname “Franc”) were well-prepared when they took off from the front row of the first grid and were joined by two more Aston Martin cars from the British racing team ERS.
The start was excellent for Kerguen’s Zagato. To the delight of the pilots as well as the whole racing team, the subsequent racing proved to be a smooth run, as well. The only mechanical intervention that had to be made was a change of the brake pads after 14 hours and then clutch adjustment after 16 hours. When Kerguen made his last pit stop after 23 hours of racing, he was in the 9th position. Jacques Dewez was to take over and race the remaining 50 minutes. But much to his horror, no matter how he pushed the starter button, the car wouldn’t start! Quick checks performed by Des O´Dell couldn’t identify any apparent problems with the battery, cables, or starter. Deeply disappointed, the team had to throw in the towel after 286 laps with only 50 minutes remaining before the end of the race.
Before the team had to withdraw, its Zagato was in the 3rd position of the GT-class, which made it the best-accomplished British car in the field. In the wake of this race, an extensive inspection was conducted of the car, which turned to be in a perfect condition, except for a starter that broke down during the final pit stop.
- Hand-mounted precision metal model, composed of 1,800 single parts, of which 1,366 parts are made of metal
- Body design featuring the light-weight construction technology patented by Zagato
- Nicely-recreated front end with a characteristically Aston Martin grille, sophisticated head-lights and auxiliary lamps
- Finely-replicated wiper on the driver’s side with a real rubber blade
- Hinged engine hood with a functional support rod to keep the hood open
- Functional trunk-lid. In the trunk is a removable spare wheel, normally held in place by leather belts
- Functional doors
- Finely-recreated wheels with stainless steel spokes and nipples. Borrani central locking nuts with right- and left-hand thread (side-dependent).
- Twin fuel tank fillers situated in the right and left rear fenders with functional caps
- Highly-detailed 6-cylinder in-line engine with all aggregates, pipes and cabling
- A cockpit recreated true to the original. Seats are covered with real leather
- Wrinkle-finished dashboard with all instruments and control switches
- Elaborate replication of the underbody with a detailed display of the exhaust pipe system
- Brilliant creamy white finish with red/green race stripes and black encircled starting numbers
- Red pit-stop light on the right rear fender (a Le Mans accessory), plus rear and lateral starting numbers with lighting units
TECHNICAL DATA (ORIGINAL VEHICLE)
- Two-seater with an aluminium coupé body and space frame
- 6-cylinder in-line engine, mounted behind the front axle with two overhead cam shafts
- Three Weber dual carburetors 45DC0E4; double ignition, two distributors
- Two overhead camshafts
- Construction period / quantity: Dec.1960 till June 1963 / 19 units
|Maximum output:||314 hp at 6,000 rpm|
|Top speed:||246 km/hr|
|0 to 100 km/hr in:||6.2 seconds|
|Bore x stroke:||92 x 92 mm|
|Wheel base:||2,363 mm|
|Track front / rear:||1,372 / 1,359 mm|
|Vehicle width:||1,676 mm|
|Vehicle height:||1,321 mm|
|Vehicle length:||4,353 mm|
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