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It took around 4,500 hours to build.

Last year, Aston Martin announced plans to revive the legendary DB4 Zagato to celebrate the coachbuilder's centenary this year. It will be sold with the new road-legal DBS GT Zagato as part of the DBZ Centenary Collection for a staggering $7.8 million and is being billed as Aston Martin's most expensive new car.

Aston Martin recently gave us a sneak preview of the DB4 Zagato Continuation's meticulous building process, but now the covers have come off the first completed car ahead of its public debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race this weekend. And it looks breathtakingly beautiful. According to Aston Martin, the first completed DB4 Zagato Continuation took around 4,500 hours to build, and it shows.

Finished in Rosso Maja red paint, the car's exterior color has been matched to original masters created by Max Meyer & ICI, the paint suppliers for the original cars. Inside, the car is trimmed in Obsidian Black leather, which covers the pads in the carbon fiber race seats, door cards, headliner and rear environment, and features Black Wilton carpets finished in Obsidian Black leather trim stitched in matching Obsidian Black thread. A rollcage is also equipped as standard.

Under the hood, the new model boasts a larger capacity 4.7-liter version of the straight-six cylinder gasoline engine found in the DB4 GT Continuation tuned to produce over 390 horsepower, which is sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential.

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"The development and successful creation of this latest Continuation car is an achievement that should not be underestimated. Indeed, it could well be argued that we are making history with these new cars," said Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer. "Celebrating our brand's deep and enduring partnership with Zagato in this, their landmark year, by launching the DBZ Centenary Collection has been a mammoth undertaking and I'm personally extremely proud of the results in the shape of this new DB4 GT Zagato."

Production of the DB4 Zagato Continuation will be limited to just 19 units, just like the original race car that challenged Ferrari in the 1960s. Customer deliveries will start in Q3 2019 for the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and in Q4 2020 for the DBS GT Zagato. The DB4 Zagato Continuation is Aston Martin's latest continuation car following the success of the 25 Aston Martin DB4 GT Continuation models sold in 2017. Aston Martin is also building a series of Goldfinger DB5 Continuation cars complete with working gadgets.

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