DB4 GT con­tin­u­a­tion hits the track

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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.

Mal­lock shook down £1.5m As­ton re­make

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