Within no time after its launch in 1959, the Aston martin DB4 GT attained cult status and was hailed as one of the most significant British car of the era. It is also widely considered as the car that laid the foundation for the modern supercar. Now, the Gaydon carmaker is resurrecting this iconic model with a special series of 25 track-only continuation cars. Built to lightweight specification by Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell, each of these continuation models will blend “old world craftsmanship and modern techniques,” which means these cars will benefit from better engine performance along with improved handling, braking and safety, while retaining the original car’s character and looks.
The original construction method has been followed, with thin-gauge aluminum panels fitted over a tubular frame. However, Aston says modern tech has been used to improve the accuracy and consistency of the panels before they are hand-finished in the old-fashioned way. To add to the aura of authenticity, these cars will feature VIN numbers that carry on from the last original DB4 GT ordered, Chassis 0202R. “Built in our recently refurbished, state-of-the-art facilities in Newport Pagnell, the DB4 G.T. 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,” says Paul Spires, commercial director, Aston Martin Works.
The DB4 GT is powered by the iconic 3.7-litre straight-six engine designed by Polish automobile engineer Tadeusz Marek. A total of 75 DB4 GTs were built between 1959 and 1963, out of which only eight were lightweight models. The continuation models will follow the design of these original eight factory lightweights.
Built to be enjoyed on track, the car will offer its buyers a two-year international track driving programme to be held at a number of race tracks around the world, including Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina. The customers will also get access to a dedicated driver training team comprising expert instructors including Aston Martin Racing’s multiple Le Mans class winner Darren Turner.
First deliveries of DB4 GT Continuation will start in the third quarter of 2017.