As things get older they gradually become “priceless.” However, before that happens, there is a long period of grotesquely inflated cost mathematically intertwined with the object’s historical relevance.
When Jaguar announced they would resume production on the 1957Â XKSS in 2017, they added up the D-Type’s success at Le Mans, Steve McQueen’s seal of approval, the car’s extremely limited numbers, and the tragic production-ending fire at the Browns Lane factory. A continuation car dripping with so much historical mystique wasn’t going to go cheap. Jaguar sold the nine “new” cars at $1.5 million each.
Aston Martin’sÂ DB4 GT has a similarÂ allure. It’s a low-production high-performance versionÂ of an already coveted classic. Even if you are filthy rich enough to own one, it probably exists in a temperature controlled garage next to other massively expensive vintage automobiles you dare not drive. Well, sixtyÂ years after being first introduced, Aston Martin plans to build twenty-five new track-only continuations of the DB4 GT.
With used ones coming in around $4 million, Aston’s asking price of $1.9 million doesn’t seem terribly unreasonable. Assuming you can scrounge up the money, you’ll be getting a factory fresh DB4 GT with limited modernizationÂ to ensure the car is historically “faithful.” Even the VIN on the new cars willÂ carry on from the last original DB4 G.T. ordered (Chassis 0202R) providing, what Aston calls, a “unbroken bloodline and impeccable Newport Pagnell-built pedigree spanning half a century.”
Clearly proud of the car, Paul Spires, Aston Martin Works’ commercial director, Â said, “Built in our recently refurbished, state-of-the-art facilities in Newport Pagnell, the DB4 G.T. Continuation is hand built in the same location as its illustrious forebears, and marks the return of production to the historic home of Aston Martin for the first time since the last Vanquish S was completed in 2007.”
The gushing continues: “Combining the authenticity of a hand-crafted David Brown era car with sympathetic application of modern engineering advancements and performance enhancements, the DB4 G.T. Continuation is a fusion of classic design and contemporary methods,” Spires stated.
Under the hood â€” er, bonnetÂ â€” the DB4 GT Continuation benefits from a gently modernized version of the same 3.7-liter straight-six from the original car. The new Aston makes 340 horsepower to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual gearbox. Original Aston GTs were capable ofÂ 151Â miles per hour and a 0-60 mph time of 6.1 seconds, making them among the fastest vehicles of their day.
Owners of the new cars will have the option to get a sense of its capabilities. Aston Martin is offering a two-year international track driving program held at a number of the worldâ€™sÂ most famous race tracks. Customers can also take advantage of Aston Martinâ€™s dedicated driver training team. The group consists of expert instructors and championship drivers, including Aston Martin Racingâ€™s Darren Turner.
That all sounds absolutely phenomenal. However, if you happen to be a bored millionaire desperate toÂ get your hands around the steering wheel of one of these continued DB4 GTs, you’re out of luck. Aston Martin sold all 25 units this past weekend.
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