A 1962 Aston Martin DB4/GT Zagato has become the most expensive British car ever sold at auction, fetching £9.45 million at an event in New York run by RM Sotheby’s. However, that price doesn’t even get it on to the list all-time list. Here we look at the most expensive cars ever sold at auction and the reasons they’re worth so much.
With its four-speed manual gearbox and 240lb ft of torque, the 1,225kg Zagato could accelerate from 0-60mph in 6.1 seconds, and had a top speed of 153mph.
Much of the interior, including the seats and doorcards, is wrapped in green leather, but lacks the patina that some find so desirable in a car of this era. The thin, wood-rimmed steering wheel is another period feature, hiding behind which is an instrument binnacle containing the speedometer and rev counter, plus gauges for fuel level and oil pressure.
The car in question is number 14 of only 19 DB4/GTs created by coach builder Zagato, and was originally delivered to Australia, where it competed in various motorsport events. Its first owner, Laurie O’Neill from New South Wales, is reported to have also owned various Ferrari and Porsche racing cars, as well as grand prix cars.