2017 Aston Martin DB4 GT Reborn Jan 13, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The Aston Martin DB4 GT is a classic car that attracts everyone from interested bystanders to dedicated drives and committed collectors. But there are drawbacks to owning and driving a vintage vehicle. Thankfully, a few owners secured the best of both worlds when Aston Martin started building a modern continuation of the original production vehicle in 2017.
The DB4 GT was originally built between 1959 and 1963 and built a name for itself as the most powerful of British cars in its era. It was a significant predecessor to modern supercars. Compared to the stock DB4, the GT version was more powerful and lighter, making it great for racing. The first run of the DB4 GT only had 75 models, making it challenging to get your hands on a vintage example. Eight of those models were modified with a lower curb weight for improved performance in 1963.
The New DB4 GT
The new 2017 Aston Martin DB4 GT models are based on those eight models from the original run that were lighter than their counterparts—keeping these motoring marvels quick and responsive. There will only be 25 exclusive models in the production run. The automaker will build the cars in Newport Pagnell, England—the location of the company’s headquarters and heritage division. This site is historic, as it was where the first DB4 GT models were produced. Although this site is ready for production, it hasn’t manufactured anything since the Vanquish S ended production at this location in 2007. As a result, the DB4 is a perfect fit for the original factory.
Details of the New Models
These new DB4 GT will have VIN numbers that start right where the first run ended in 1963, making them a continuation of the originals like the one pictured above. They will have the same design, original construction, and hand-finished bodywork. The straight-six engine cylinder is a modern version of the same engine built by Tarek Marek in 1958. This time it has three twin-choke Weber carburetors and 331 horsepower. The continuation models use a four-speed David Brown manual transmission. It has an independent front suspension, tubular frame, and Watts linkage setup for the rear suspension with coil springs. The 2017 DB4 GTs will also have some modern elements, including seat belts, a fire extinguisher, and an FIA-spec roll cage. This new model will weigh 2,706 pounds.
Availability and Pricing
The 2017 Aston Martin DB4 GT will probably cost around $1.9 million. As mentioned, there will only be 25 models produced and all of them have been preordered by excited customers. Based on their specifications, we suspect they will be designed to be driven on the track only. All the drivers will get the chance to put their models to the test, however. They will be invited to participate in a unique international driving program that lasts two years and receive training from professional Aston Martin racecar drivers. Combining exclusivity and classic styling, we can’t wait to see one of the new models in action.