Aston Martin has always prided itself on the longevity of its models. A substantial proportion of the cars built in the company’s first half century remain on the road and the historic Aston Martin Works facility in Newport Pagnell shows how this is possible. Works is a unique space, a traditional factory updated with modern equipment and staffed by some of the most talented automotive engineers, craftspeople and restorers in the business. This is where you’ll find examples of cars from almost every Aston era, lovingly and meticulously restored, upgraded or maintained.
Aston Martin Works is not just about keeping the spirit of the marque alive. In 2017, production began on a remarkable piece of Aston Martin history. The DB4 GT Continuation will be a landmark car in many ways, not least because it marks a return to manufacturing at Newport Pagnell after 10 years. This exacting recreation of the iconic lightweight DB4 GT will continue an illustrious bloodline. Bearing VINs that run on from Chassis 020R, it marks an unbroken run from the very first car built at Newport Pagnell in 1959.
The DB4 GT was Britain’s fastest passenger sports car and a born winner
Shorter, lighter, sleeker and with a more powerful version of Tadek Marek’s legendary 3.7-litre straight-six engine, not only was the DB4 GT Britain’s fastest passenger sports car, it was a born winner, scoring a debut race victory at Silverstone with Sir Stirling Moss at the wheel. Just 75 GTs were made between 1959 and 1963 and the car also served as the basis of the even more legendary Zagato (see page 72). With its thin-gauge aluminium bodywork, hand-shaped to fit over a lightweight tubular frame, the DB4 GT was both technologically advanced as well as devastatingly effective.
The Continuation will share these thrilling characteristics. Twenty-five examples of the new DB4 GT will be made, each one a replica that brings together the authenticity of the hand-crafted cars built at the height of the David Brown era with sympathetic and discrete enhancements shaped by modern developments in engineering and performance — and each already sold out. A classic track-only car for the modern era, the DB4 GT is designed to be enjoyed in an international track-driving programme that will be as bespoke and individual as the cars themselves, taking owners on a two-year tour of some of the world’s finest race tracks, including Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit, under the watchful eye of Aston Martin’s expert instructors.