Continuing our coverage of Assouline’s amazing new book The Impossible Collection of Cars, we bring you an ultra-rare Aston Martin from 1961.

Not a big success when first unveiled, only 19 were built, but in the decades since the DB4 GT Zagato has emerged as the most desirable British GT of the era.

Many consider it the most beautiful Aston Martin ever built.

Due out next month, the book imagines the world’s ultimate assemblage of automobiles.

Many consider it the most beautiful Aston Martin ever built

Below is another gorgeous British dark horse of the Sixties, the 1966 Jaguar XJ-13, a mid-engine V12 prototype created to compete at Le Mans.

The limited edition volume which sells for $650 is printed on cotton paper and comes in a black rubber presentation box with a cutout metal plate in a custom tote bag.

Author Dan Neil notes the vehicles chosen embody a will to “explore the limits of what is possible in speed, luxury and decadence.”

That, of course, should be your mission in life….

Photo © Michel Zumbrunn, courtesy of Assouline; click to enlarge