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Peter Anderson | May, 30 2012 | 0 Comments

The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is one of the rarest, prettiest and most valuable breeds of classic supercar.

There are just twenty-five of the Italian-designed beauties, built in three batches: 1963, 1991 and 2000.

Hand-made, no two DB4 Zagatos were identical. And in the case of the Sanction II and Sanction III runs of 1991 and 2000 respectively, different engines and components were featured.

Any of the nineteen 'original' 1963 models can fetch more than US$9 million, according to various auction house websites.

The less (but still very) desirable Sanction II and Sanction III models, made from leftover bodyshells and not built by Zagato, are significantly less expensive at a mere US$1.9 million.

For those of us not quite in that league, there is a solution, in the form of British coachbuilder Evanta Motor Company.

Evanta builds modern replicas of Aston classics - the DBR1, DB4 Barchetta and the DB4 Zagato.

Evanta will build you a replica from the ground up, using a kevlar monocoque wrapped in a GRP or aluminium body, with 'endless' engine choices.

Unique to the DB4 Zagato, Evanta will also convert a DB7, and a 1999 V12 donor car can be sourced from as little as $31000.

This means you can have your replica with airbags, an automatic transmission and ABS.

Better still, the 6.0 litre V12 punches out 420 horses (306kW) - over a hundred more than the original Zagato's straight six.

The Evanta website does not reveal the cost, but the DB7 conversion is likely to be cheaper than what they call the 'traditional build.' Auction house Coys put a guide price on an Evanta replica of £80,000 (around $130,000).

Australian availability of an Evanta is entirely limited to the size of your wallet and the extent of your patience with customs and your local roads authority.

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