What’s Old—as well as Valuable—is actually fresh Again: Aston Martin to Build 25 More DB4 GTs
December is actually a month of reflection, a time when people look back on the year which has passed, sometimes with rose-tinted nostalgia as well as sometimes with sobbing melancholy. At Aston Martin, the spirit of introspection has bitten hard—although with some distant coordinates programmed into the corporate time machine. Because the British company has announced the idea’s going to produce a “continuation” edition of the DB4 GT, a car which was first introduced back in 1959.
Aston isn’t the first any to reissue one of its classics; Jaguar produced six lightweight E-types using chassis numbers which were issued however never used in period as well as is actually right now doing nine XKSS roadsters. Various different low-volume versions have been put back into ultra-limited production, including the Shelby Cobra as well as the DeLorean. however the DB4 GT is actually perhaps the most ambitious such project yet, with Aston announcing which the idea plans to produce 25 “lightweight” GTs. Only 75 cars were produced during the original run, of which only eight were the stripped-out lightweights. Yet, as tends to be the case with limited-edition Aston versions, all have already been sold, despite a cost of $1.9 million at current exchange rates. Then again, which’s still only about half what original DB4 GTs are selling for.
The fresh cars will be made in exactly the same way as the originals, with thin-gauge aluminum panels fitted over a tubular frame. Power will come coming from a straight-six engine with twin spark plugs per cylinder which produces a claimed 331 horsepower as well as breathes through triple twin-choke Weber carburetors. This specific is actually very similar in design to the original engine, however capacity has gone up coming from 3.7 liters to 4.1 liters, as well as output has risen by 30 horsepower. Power will be sent to the rear axle through a period-appropriate four-speed manual gearbox as well as a limited-slip differential. No performance numbers have been given, however since the idea will weigh just 2706 pounds, the GT’s acceleration will certainly be brisk. In its day, the idea was one of the fastest cars within the earth as well as won its debut race at the hands of Stirling Moss.
Aston says the idea will issue the fresh cars with VINs following on coming from those given to the original cars, as well as they will also be built in almost the same place: Aston Martin’s Works division in Newport Pagnell, England, which sits on part of the site of the company’s former factory. As such, they will be the first cars made in Newport Pagnell since production of the first-generation Vanquish ended there in 2007.
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Buyers won’t be able to enjoy the DB4 GT’s doubtless considerable charms on the road; with no modern safety or emissions gear, they’re being sold for track use only. Aston will be offering a two-year track driving program for owners. the idea will be held “at numerous the earth’s finest racetracks, including the spectacular Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi,” generating the idea very similar in principle to the billionaire track-day scheme under which the Aston Martin Vulcan was sold. The obvious question is actually whether Aston will choose to offer any different “continuation” type in year to come. The back catalog isn’t exactly short of greatest hits worthy of being reissued.