As part of its Second Century Plan, Aston Martin officially returned the production facility of the DB4 GT to the company’s historic Newport Pagnell site, which marks the company’s uniquely significant moment where it had a special run of 25 DB4 GT Continuation cars that were made almost 60 years ago.
Since moving to its purpose-built headquarters and state-of- the-art production facility at Gaydon in 2003, Aston Martin’s Newport Pagnell premises has exclusively been home to Aston Martin Works – heart of the marque’s unrivaled heritage sales, service, spares and restoration operation. Production of the Mk1 Vanquish ceased in 2007, but since that time countless classic Aston Martins have been restored to their former glory by the passionate and highly-skilled Works team.
“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. 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,” said Palmer.
With such a depth of knowledge and experience, Aston Martin Works has been the spiritual home for many of the marque’s most celebrated models, from the DB 2/4 to the Vanquish S Ultimate, and the DB4 GT Continuation cars. Each car has an exquisite demonstration of Works’ unique ability blend absolute authenticity and old-world craftsmanship with modern techniques and performance enhancements.
“It’s a source of enormous pride that our Tickford Street premises are once again building new cars for Aston Martin. The DB4 G.T. Continuation is the perfect demonstration of the capabilities we have here at Works and testament to the timeless appeal of Aston Martin’s illustrious classics,” said Paul Spires, managing director of Aston Martin Works.
With barely 12 months since Aston Martin President and CEO Andy Palmer first announced the DB4 GT Continuation project, the first batch of this track-only lightweight spec car have been delivers to their respective owners. Having an approximate 4,500 man hours to build, the remaining cars will be completed and delivered in 2018.