Aston Martin Revives The Iconic DB4 GT For The 21st Century

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Each car takes around 4,500 man hours to build.

Aston Martin has a bright future ahead with the upcoming major launches of the new Vantage and Vanquish, as well as the DBX Crossover which should help the automaker maintain its sales momentum after a record year in 2017. As well as introducing seven new models within seven years as part of the automaker's "Second Century Plan," Aston Martin is celebrating the legacy of its glorious past by producing a limited run of track-only Continuation models based on the iconic DB4 GT from the 1960s.

Just over a year after the project was announced by CEO Andy Palmer, the first example has rolled off the production line and has been delivered to its new owner. Production of the DB4 GT Continuation is taking place at Aston Martin's historic Newport Pagnell based in Buckinghamshire, England, where the car was originally built nearly sixty years ago. Since the automaker's headquarters was relocated to Gaydon, England, in 2003, the Newport production facility has been the home of Aston Martin Works that specializes in heritage sales, service, spares and restorations of classic cars. The last car to roll off the production line at the site was the Mk 1 V12 Vanquish S over a decade ago.

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Each DB4 GT Continuation car takes around 4,500 man hours to build, resulting in a sumptuous blend of old-school craftsmanship, modern techniques and performance enhancements. Under the hood of the DB4 Continuation is a 3.7-liter straight-six engine that sends 340 horsepower to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential replicating the original DB4 GT. "For more than half a century Newport Pagnell was the heart of Aston Martin. Thanks to the efforts of those at Aston Martin Works it has since become the torchbearer for our Heritage division," said Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.

"It's immensely satisfying and wholly appropriate that this historic, yet state-of-the-art facility should now form a key part of our expansion. Together with Gaydon and our all-new production facility at St Athan – which is progressing towards completion – it's my pleasure to see production officially return to Newport Pagnell". Thanks to its lightweight aluminium panels, the DB4 Continuation only weighs 2,706 pounds, making it the lightest Aston Martin you can buy. Except you can't, because the DB4 Continuation is limited to only 25 units to match the original car's production cap and every one of them has been sold for around $1.9 million. Production and customer deliveries will continue throughout 2018.

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