Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Aston Martin revives DB4 GT for $1.9m

One of Aston Martin is reviving its iconic DB4 GT with a special track-only edition of the classic car costing a reported £1.5 million ($1.9 million).

The series of 25 track-only cars will built to lightweight specification by Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell in the UK and will continue the original model VIN numbers from where they stopped.

Launched in 1959, the DB4 GT was one of the rarest and most revered of all Aston Martins. Evolved from the production DB4 and introduced in the same year Aston Martin scored its historic win in the Le Mans 24 Hours, the DB4 GT was a supercar of its day. 

Shorter, lighter, sleeker and with a more powerful version of the legendary 3.7-litre six cylinder engine, not only was the DB4 GT Britain’s fastest passenger sports car, it was a born winner, scoring a debut race victory at Silverstone in the hands of Sir Stirling Moss in 1960. 

A total of 75 DB4 GTs were built between 1959 and 1963, eight of which were lightweight models. Most survive today, and values now comfortably exceed £3 million.

Remaining faithful to the design of those eight lightweights, each DB4 GT Continuation will be built with a blend of old world craftsmanship and modern techniques, benefiting from improvements in engine performance, handling, braking and safety.

Underlining that authenticity are the continuation car VIN numbers, which carry on from the last original DB4 GT ordered – Chassis 0202R.   

At its heart is a version of the Tadek Marek-designed straight-six cylinder engine with two spark plugs per cylinder, transmitting its 340 bhp to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential, just as in the original car. 

Thanks to its shortened wheelbase the DB4 GT is a two-seater blessed with greater agility than the regular four-seater DB4. Its body follows the original construction, with thin-gauge aluminum panels fitted over a tubular frame. To improve the accuracy and consistency of the panels, the car’s bodywork uses state-of-the-art digital technology, before being hand-finished.  

The DB4 GT Continuation is built to be enjoyed on track. Aston Martin Works has created a two-year track driving programme held at a number of the world’s finest race tracks, including the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. The ultimate arrive-and-drive experience, customers may also take advantage of Aston Martin’s dedicated driver training team. Comprised of expert instructors, including Aston Martin Racing’s multiple Le Mans class winner (and Goodwood Revival regular) Darren Turner, they will help customers master driving techniques from an era when track driving was more art than science. 

Paul Spires, Commercial Director, Aston Martin Works said: “For over 60 years Aston Martin Works has devoted unrivalled skill and experience to preserving Aston Martin’s heritage. Now we are creating something for the future, with a special series of 25 continuation cars that celebrate one of Aston Martin’s greatest cars – the DB4 GT Lightweight.

“Built in our recently refurbished facilities in Newport Pagnell, the DB4 GT. Continuation is hand built in the same location as its illustrious forebears, and marks the return of production to the historic home of Aston Martin for the first time since the last Vanquish S was completed in 2007. Combining the authenticity of a hand-crafted David Brown era car with sympathetic application of modern engineering advancements and performance enhancements, the DB4 GT Continuation is a fusion of classic design and contemporary methods. 

“The result is a truly remarkable machine. One that offers 25 individuals the opportunity of commissioning a classic, built to modern day standards and ready to be enjoyed in an international track driving programme as bespoke and individual as the cars themselves.”

Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and CEO, commented: “Aston Martin has a rich and vibrant heritage, as you’d expect from a company that has been building some of the world’s finest sports cars for 103-years. Of those the DB4 GT stands proud as one of the most coveted of all. It’s a mark of Aston Martin’s breadth of abilities that in the same year we launched the DB11 - our most advanced ‘DB’ production car ever – we can also embark on an adventure such as the DB4 GT Continuation. A project that taps into the unique passion and skills that exist within Aston Martin, I’m thrilled we have the imagination and capability to offer 25 enthusiasts the unique opportunity to commission their own piece of Aston Martin history.”  

First deliveries of DB4 GT Continuation will commence in QTR 3 2017.

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