Aston Martin Zagato on the Furka Pass
We head to Bond’s stomping ground in Goldfinger to test a very special Aston
Posted: 01 Oct 2012
A couple of bends below the Belvedere hotel, I turn into a blind right-hand hairpin to find myself being passed on the left and right by a pair of splay-legged buffoons... as another half-dozen appear from the other direction, knee-down, wrong side of the road. I wince, close my eyes and somehow avoid an impromptu round of Ducati dominoes. I am left a) very glad Aston doesn't have to rewrite its press releases to announce a limited run of just 149 V12 Zagatos and b) trying to remember why we're here.
In fact, we're here with good reason: the Furka has its own Aston connection. Three years after Zagato first laid hammers to the DB4, Sean Connery's James Bond duelled in another modified Aston with Tilly Masterson's Mustang convertible on this very road in 1964's Goldfinger. OK, so Connery's Aston wasn't a DB4 but a DB5 (packing machine-guns, rotating plates and an ejector seat), and modified by MI6 not Milan, but, like Zagato's back catalogue, the Furka is a vital chapter in Aston's rise to the epitome of Cool Britannia.