Aston Martin Brings Back Its Legendary DB4 GT
This was 3.7-liter, 6 cylinder sports car that racing champion Stirling Moss piloted to victory at Silverstone in Y 1959.
The DB4 was built during Ys 1959 to 1963, just 75 were made, and the value of each of the surviving ones today fetch at least $3.7-M.
Recently the company announced that it 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 version of the DB4 GT, of which Aston made just 8. And can be order directly from the factory for delivery by the end of Y 2017, at a price of about $2-M.
They will be track only race cars. But each owner will receive membership in a 2-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 uses pro instructors and Le Mans winners to help clients master driving techniques free of charge if you own this Aston Martin.
Aston says this new offering as a Supercar, since it comes just after the debut of the DB11, which is the brand’s most progressive car to date.
“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,” Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s President and CEO, said Friday.
This will be the 1st car to be made in the traditional home of Aston Martin, the Newport Pagnell, UK, production of the Vanquish S ended there in Y 2007. Now most Astom Martins are made at the Gaydon HQ’s in Warwickshire, England.
The new DB4 GTs are a combination of the old and the new.
They will look like the originals but with modern building techniques that lend better handling, braking and safety measures, and engine performance. Interior details such as the Aston Martin wood trimmed steering wheel will be the same.
The new cars have a straight-6, 340bhp engine with 2 spark plugs per cylinder, which was the industry standard back in the day to extract maximum power from the engine at optimal efficiency.
They have a rear-wheel drive on a 4-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential exactly like the one in the 1st DB4 GT.
The new limited edition is shorter, lighter, and sleeker than the original, with a 2-seat interior and aluminum body. On a car that weighs just over 2,700 lbs, should be fast from the line.
Aston Martin did not comment on how many of the DB4 GT “continuation” cars are already sold other than to say they aew in demand.”
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