First continuation Aston Martin DB4 GTs roll off Newport Pagnell production line
First cars in special 25 car run, reviving classic DB4 GT racer, are now being completed at Aston's Newport Pagnell base
Aston Martin has brought the iconic DB4 GT back to life, revealing that the first few continuation DB4 GTs are now rolling off the production line at Newport Pagnell, over ten years since the last Aston was built at the firm's Buckinghamshire base. The first lucky customers received their cars late last year
Between 1959 and 1963 a total of 75 DB4 GTs were built there, though only eight of those were lightweight models. Today these cars are valued at over £3m.
The new batch will consist of 25 examples using continuation VIN numbers, and while they’ll be crafted faithful to the design of the original eight lightweights, they’ll benefit from more powerful engines, better brakes, plus improved safety features. Aston promises that the mix of traditional craftsmanship and modern techniques will build on the original character of the lightweights rather than replace it though.
Under the bonnet of the new DB4 GTs will be the same Tadek Marek designed 3.7-litre straight six, but the modern build means they’ll be producing 340bhp – up from the 302bhp of the original. Power will be sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed gearbox and a limited-slip differential.
The DB4 GT featured a shorter, snappier wheelbase than the regular DB4 for competition, and as such was a only two seater. The car’s bodywork will follow original construction methods, using a tubular frame with thin-gauge aluminium panels, though computers will be used during the build process to guarantee the fit and finish is perfect.
The original DB4 GT was a prolific racer, and Aston is keen for the continuation models to be enjoyed on track too. As such, a two-year international track-driving programme will be offered alongside the reborn lightweights.
The programme will take place at top circuits around the world. Those who sign up will get instruction from a dedicated team, who’ll teach them how to drive their DB4 GTs in period style.
Aston’s plan to revive the DB4 GT is an even more mouth-watering prospect given Jaguar has already produced a rival - In 2014, six brand new E-Type Lightweights were produced to classic specification.
The new E-Types won’t be the only classic Jaguars brought back to life either. Last year, Jaguar revealed the first of nine new XKSS D-Types, each set to sell for well over £1m.
The burning question – DB4 GT or Lightweight E-Type? Make your choice in the comments section below...