DB4 GT continuation hits the track
THE FIRST OF THE ASTON MARTIN DB4 GT continuation cars took to the track for the first time last week when Michael Mallock shook down the development model at Snetterton.
A total of 25 continuation cars are being built by Aston Martin for track use, based around a two-year programme of trackdays at high-profile circuits across the world, including Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi.
Aston Martin works driver Darren Turner will head up the instructor team, but there are no plans for the cars to race.
The DB4 GT, launched in 1959, won on its debut at Silverstone in the hands of Stirling Moss. Just 75 DB4 GTS were built and values of the surviving examples of the eight special lightweight cars are now around £3million. The 25 continuation cars have a price tag of £1.5m and all are sold.
“They are being built as track cars to absolute period specification,” said Mallock. “They are not being built as race cars but as a great fun period car. It was really good fun to drive and it does look beautiful.”
With a shorter wheelbase than the standard DB4, the GT quickly established itself as a competitive racing car in period, with a more powerful version of the 3.7-litre straight-six engine used in the road-going model. In its day, it was Britain’s fastest passenger sportscar.
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