1962 Aston Martin DB4


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DOHC 12-valve 4206 cc inline-6 engine

Aluminum block and head

3x2-bbl Weber twin-choke sidedraft carburetors, 331 hp @6000 rpm 350 lb-ft, 4-speed manual transmission

Launched in 1959, the Aston Martin DB4 G.T. was immediately celebrated as one of the rarest and most coveted of all Aston Martins. Evolved from the production DB4 and introduced in the same year Aston Martin scored its historic outright win in the Le Mans 24 Hours, the DB4 G.T. was a true supercar of its day. Shorter, lighter, sleeker and with a more powerful version of the legendary 3.7 liter straight-six engine, not only was the DB4 G.T. Britain's fastest passenger sports car, it was a born winner, scoring a debut race victory at Silverstone in the hands of Sir Stirling Moss. A total of 75 DB4 G.T.s were built between 1959 and 1963. Of these only eight were lightweight models, most of which survive today, cosseted in private collections.

In late 2016, Aston Martin announced plans to build 25 additional DB4 G.T.'s, all to lightweight specification, fulfilling the original agenda to produce a total of 100 cars. Remaining faithful to the design of those original eight factory lightweights, each DB4 G.T. continuation was built at the newly renovated Aston Martin Works facility in Newport Pagnell. Employing a blend of old world craftsmanship and modern techniques, these continuation cars benefited from improvements in engine performance, handling, braking and safety, with great care taken to ensure these enhancements built upon the original's exceptional qualities, while retaining its feel and character.

The arrival of 25 more DB4 G.T. lightweights, represented a substantial increase over the eight original cars, however rather than depressing the values of the existing cars, it actually increased the desirability of the model, with the first built of the ultra-rare Lightweights that the continuation model is patterned after selling in August 2017 at RM Sotheby's Monterey auction for $6,765,000.

Underlining the additional 25 cars authenticity is the continuation cars VIN numbers, which carry on from the last original DB4 G.T. ordered - Chassis 0202 - for an unbroken bloodline, and impeccable Newport Pagnell built pedigree spanning half a century.

At its heart is a version of the celebrated Tadek Marek-designed straight-six cylinder engine with two spark plugs per cylinder, transmitting its 340bhp to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential, just as in the original DB4 G.T. Thanks to its shortened wheelbase the DB4 G.T. is a strict two-seater blessed with greater agility than the regular four-seater DB4. Its body follows the original construction, with thin-gauge aluminum panels fitted over a tubular frame. To improve the accuracy and consistency of the panels, the continuation car's bodywork uses state-of-the-art digital technology, before being hand-finished in time-honored tradition.

The DB4 G.T. Lightweight offered here is Chassis 0209. Ordered new in left hand drive for the U.S. market by its first and only owner, it has covered just 119 miles since completion. Eligible for vintage racing events worldwide, and a compelling entrant for classic road rallies, this painfully beautiful icon of a motorcar is now available at Canepa.