The 1959 Earl’s Court – London Motorshow will go down as an important event in the history of Aston Martin. It was at that show that the company first introduced to the world a competition-oriented variant of the DB4. Based on the race-winning prototype DB199/1, the DB4 GT had a slough of modifications, starting with five inches being removed from the wheelbase. Light alloy doors, bonnet, bootlid, floors, and propeller-shaft tunnel were also added. Power came from an extensively modified engine that was changed to have a 9:1 compression. The engine also came with a twin plug, dual ignition cylinder head that was fed air through a triple dual throat Weber 45 DCOE carburetors. The modifications resulted in 302 braking horsepower—in other words, the DB4 GT was the most powerful British car of the era. It could go from 0 to 60 in just 6.1 seconds, and had a top speed of around 154 miles per hour.
It wasn’t just performance that set the DB4 GT apart. The dashboard for the car featured additional gauges. The roll-down windows were frameless. The wheels were a lightweight wire. Bumpers were also removed. All these changes, with the addition of Perspex or aluminum parts, dropped the DB4 GT’s weight by more than 100 pounds.
If you’re so inclined, you can pick up one of the DB4 GTs from Auxietre and Schimidt—though they haven’t released pricing information.