The latest manufacturer to engage with the “Build New Versions of Old Cars” movement is Aston Martin, which has announced plans to recreate 25 new, hand-built versions of its 1959-1963 DB4 GT. The cars, destined for lives as track cars only, will be built in the same Newport Pagnell factory as the originals, using the same lightweight specifications.
The DB4 GT, celebrated as one of the rarest and most revered of all Aston Martins, was introduced the same year that AM posted its historic overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and was a true supercar of its day. Shorter, lighter, sleeker and with a more powerful version of the legendary 3.7-liter straight-six, 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. A total of 75 DB4 GTs were ever built, with only eight being lightweight models. Most of them survive today.
The new cars’ authenticity will be reinforced with continuation car VIN numbers that will carry on from the last original DB4 GT ordered (Chassis 0202R) for an unbroken bloodline and impeccable Newport Pagnell-built pedigree spanning more than half a century. First deliveries are expected to be made during the third quarter of 2017.
Aston Martin has a rich and vibrant heritage,” noted Aston Martin President and CEO Dr. Andy Palmer, “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.”
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