Aston Martin is taking you back to the past with the DB4 GT Continuation - but there are a few catches.
It must be Christmas, because the Aston Martin DB4 GT, one of the rarest and most revered grand tourers in Aston's back catalogue from the 1960's, is making a surprise comeback for the first time in over 50 years. The British automaker announced it will be building 'continuation' models of the legendary grand tourer, which is cause for excitement. There is a catch, though: only 25 are being built. Oh, and you won't get it in time for Christmas, because they aren't expected to be delivered until Summer 2017.
The limited run mirrors Aston's original production plans for the DB4 GT as only 25 were originally intended to be made, but this was increased up to 75 during its production between 1959 and 1963. Visually, the DB4 GT Continuation remains faithful to its 1960's counterpart, which hasn't aged a day – it's even being built in the same factory as the original. Better still, the revamped DB4 GT will be based on the ultra-rare lightweight model, only eight of which formed part of the original 75. To bring the DB4 GT up to modern-day standards, Aston Martin has fitted the continuation model with a raft of upgrades.
Under the hood lies a straight-six cylinder, 4.2-liter engine that produces 340 hp compared to the 302 hp of the original. The actual construction, however, remains true to the original, from its tubular frame and lightweight aluminium panels, to the limited-slip diff and four-speed manual gearbox. It's a shame you won't be able to enjoy the DB4 GT Continuation (not exactly a name that rolls off the tongue, we know) out on the public road, though. To retain the exclusivity of the original, Aston Martin has made this a track-only car. It will also cost around $1.9 million, so you better start saving.
On the plus side, those that take the plunge will get to enjoy an international two-year driving program on "a number of the world's finest race tracks, including the spectacular Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi," as well as instruction from Le Mans winner Darren Turner on how to "master driving techniques from an era when track driving was more art than science." The Aston Martin DB4 GT joins the resurrected Jaguar XKSS in the latest line-up of continuation models that will fuel your nostalgia.