DB4 GT Continuation cars bring Aston Martin production back to Newport Pagnell
Aston Martin have just delivered a brand-new DB4 GT (Continuation car) to its owner, for the first time in nearly sixty years ago. The delivery also marks another wonderful historical echo, as the DB4 continuation cars are being produced at the same site, Newport Pagnell.
Newport Pagnell was home to Aston Martin production for more than half a century. Aston Martin moved their main production line to Gaydon in 2003, although the Mk1 Vanquish continued to be built at Newport Pagnell until 2007. Since then, the Newport Pagnell site has been the home of Aston’s Classic car department, Aston Martin Works.
DB4 GT Continuation models
In December 2016, Aston Martin President and CEO, Andy Palmer announced the DB4 G.T. Continuation project.
25 of these continuation cars will be built, the first car has just been delivered, its price is rumoured to be a cool £1.5 million ($1.9 million). Each of these track-only lightweight specification DB4 GT’s takes around 4,500 hours to build. The remaining cars will be completed and delivered during 2018.
What about the original DB4 GT? Launched in 1959, the DB4 G.T. was rare in its day and nearly sixty years later the model is one of the most revered and sought-after of all Aston Martins. Evolved from the production DB4, the DB4 G.T. was a true supercar of its day. Shorter, lighter, sleeker and with a more powerful version of the legendary 3.7-litre straight-six engine. The DB4 G.T. was not only Britain’s fastest passenger sports car, but a winner on track, scoring a debut race victory at Silverstone in the hands of Sir Stirling Moss.
75 DB4 GTs were built between 1959 and 1963. Only eight of these were lightweight models. Most still survive today, and are valued over £3 million.