It was a helluva choice, lemmeetellya. My job was to select one car to receive the Motor Trend Classic Choice trophy at the recent Desert Classic Concours. In spite of so many great Corvettes, musclecars, Jags, and other finery, it was this Italian bodied Aston Martin that really spun my beanie the most. And why not: its one of the original, real 1961 cars built, it has serious racing pedigree, its an Aston Martin, it wears Zagato aluminum tinwork so tightly stretched over its chassis that it fairly pings when you touch it. And oh by the way, its supermodel gorgeous, in case you didn’t notice. These cars were built to take on Ferrari’s all conquering 250 GTO of the early 60s, and it fought them hard, if not ultimately successfully. The big V-12 ferraris usually won, but if there was no GTO in a given race, the DB4GT Zags almost always rose to the top. Here, Ron Morse accepts the MTC crystal cup from me, on behalf of the car’s owner Peter Read of Pebble Beach, California. Morse fettles the car, schleps it to races and car shows, and represents it very knowledgeably. Nice!