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1962 Aston Martin goes for more than Rs96 crore

A classic Aston Martin has become the most expensive British car ever sold at auction, fetching £9.45 million (approximately Rs96.39 crore), <I>The Telegraph</I> reported.
The DB4/GT Zagato, which cost £5,470 when it was built in 1962, was sold at RM Sotheby’s Driven By Disruption event in New York on Thursday.

The price marks a record for a British car at auction, though it fell short of the £10 million some had predicted. The previous record was held by a McLaren F1 that went for £8.8 million earlier this year.

The DB4/GT was originally built to allow Aston Martin to take on Ferrari in the World Sports Car Championship, but with its Italian rival having a competitive edge Aston sent its car to Carrozzeria Zagato, with instructions to maximise its performance.

As such, it not only gained a slippery new body shape, but its weight was reduced by 50kg and an additional 12bhp was found from the 3.7-litre straight-six engine, taking the total to 314bhp.
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, behind which is an instrument binnacle containing the speedometer and rev counter, plus gauges for fuel level and oil pressure.

With its four-speed manual gearbox and 240 lb ft of torque, the 1,225kg Zagato could accelerate from 0-60mph in 6.1 seconds, and had a top speed of 153mph.
The car in question is the fourteenth of only 19 DB4/GTs created by coachbuilder 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.