In September 1959, Aston Martin unveiled their last throw of the straight-laced, stiff-upper-lip dice before the Swinging Sixties rolled around. Its name: the DB4 GT. This was a special, lightweight high-performance version of the DB4 and, famously, only 75 were produced.
But if you thought that was a rarified owners’ club, you’ve heard nothing yet. For, fast forward to the present and this week comes the news that Aston Martin’s ‘Continuation’ line has seen the DB4 GT reborn in the form of not 75, but 25 £1.5 million limited edition models.
Hand-built on the same Newport Pagnell production line as the originals, these are the first Astons to be built at the facility for over a decade – the last being the last-generation Vanquishes rolling out in 2007. And, produced using the original plans and blueprints, these are almost identical to their forebears – upgraded only in quality of materials and production techniques.
"Aston Martin’s ‘Continuation’ line has seen the DB4 GT reborn in the form of not 75, but 25 £1.5 million limited edition models..."
Under the bonnet, the same Tadek Marek-designed 3.7-litre straight six will be installed, but this time producing an upgraded 340bhp due to the more modern build. And, weighing in at 1,230kg, it also makes for a great racer – something the original DB4 GT was well-known for.
As such, if you’ve got the money to dig deep and buy one of these beautiful motors, Aston are also offering a two-year international track-driving program alongside the reborn wheels – time to really get your motor running and experience the golden age of racing first hand.
The question is, with the ‘Continuation’ series looking to go from strength for strength, what model should the iconic British brand bring back next?
Aston Martin DB4 GT 'Continuation'