Aston Martin is bringing back the DB4 GT. This was the legendary 3.7 litre, six-cylinder sports car that Sir Stirling drove to victory in the International Trophy held at Silverstone in May 1959. Produced from 1959 to 1963, the model was widely regarded as Britain’s fastest passenger car. Only 75 were made and the value of each of the surviving ones today exceeds £3 million.
Aston will hand-build 25 new DB4 GTs that continue the original model VIN numbers from where they stopped. The modern versions will be based on the original ‘lightweight’ specification of the DB4 GT, of which Aston made only eight, and will cost £1.5 million each.
The new DB4 GT’s are though only legal for the track use. However each owner will receive membership to a two-year international track-driving program that hosts them at courses around the world, from Abu Dhabi and Asia to Europe and North America. The program will use professional instructors and Le Mans winners to help customers master the car and driving techniques.
“It’s a mark of Aston Martin’s breadth of abilities that in the same year we launched the DB11 we can also embark on an adventure such as the DB4 GT Continuation,” said Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s president and chief executive officer.
This will be the first car to be made in the traditional home of Aston Martin, the Newport Pagnell plant, since production of the Vanquish S ended their in 2007. Currently most of the brand’s cars are made at their Gaydon headquarters.
The new DB4 GT’s are a combination of the old and the new. They will look like the originals but the integration of modern technology will provide better handling, braking and safety and engine performance. Interior details such as the distinctive Aston Martin wood-lined steering wheel will remain the same.
The new cars will be powered by a straight-six, 340bhp engine with two spark plugs per cylinder, which was the industry standard in the day to extract maximum power from the engine at optimal efficiency. They will be rear-wheel drive, using a four-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential exactly as per the original DB4 GT. From an external point of view, the handmade aluminium body will be shorter, lighter, and more aerodynamic than the original.
The new Aston Martin DB4 GT Continuation can be ordered directly from the Aston Martin factory ready for delivery by the end of 2017.