In October 1959 at the London Motor Show, Aston Martin unveiled its most powerful car to date. The Aston Martin DB4 GT was designed and built as a road going race car with a shorter wheel base than the standard DB4 and an uprated engine with 3 weber carbs allowing speeds in excess of 150 mph the gt was not for the faint hearted that was certain.
75 DB4 GT models were produced with only 45 of these being RHD, the car displayed faired in headlamps adopted by the DB5 in 1963. The DB4 GT was specifically designed to fend off any competition from the likes of Ferrari in competition racing and did so in its first outing, winning the World Sports car Championship title.
Externally the DB4 GT is amazing and unlike its then racing rival the Ferrari 250 Berlinetta it also has a beautifully crafted interior too with Wilton carpet and Connolly hide unlike Ferrari’s sparse “race car” interior.
If you are looking to invest in a Aston Martin DB4 GT as you can imagine with only 75 made they are a rare thing and you would expect such a prized possession would have been well looked after for many years, however never under estimate the lengths to which some unscrupulous people will go to when it comes to making money. If you’re in any doubt then make sure you get the car inspected by a specialist before parting with any money.
Start by checking the sills as aluminium can become brittle and is very expensive to put right. Now inspect the chassis and look for electrolytic corrosion where the bumper tubes pass through the body. Doors can also rot from the bottom up so be thorough.
Engines are strong and provided they are well maintained should last 100,000 miles before a re-build. Check for blue smoke on start up and oil should read 80 psi at 3,000 rpm when hot. Any staining or leaks down the right side of the engine block where there are weep holes for the cylinder liners could mean engine overhaul. Check for failed head gasket as well as oil and water leaks also make sure the antifreeze concentration is correct to avoid any corrosion to the all alloy engine. Change timing chains every 75,000 miles and lubricate the suspension every 25,000 miles.
Interiors are fine quality so check thoroughly but usually there’s no problem although they can prove expensive to replace.
In late 1960s the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato was unveiled at the London Motor Show. Clothed in a stunningly beautiful and lightweight body from the famous Italian coach builder. With only 19 examples produced, these Aston Martin’s reach high value today.
Mark Wilkinson, Managing Director Says:
“The DB4 GT certainly influenced the way forward for the DB evolution with Aston Martin creating the car to beat on the racing circuit. The DB4 GT also inspired the legendary DB5 and of course the rest as they say is history.”