1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Touring

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Touring vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

The Aston Martin DB4GT, a shortened and lightened version of the DB4, was first offered in 1959. The GT is distinguished from the DB4 by an enlarged air scoop and faired in headlights. It was one of the first cars to go from zero-to-one hundred miles....[continue reading]

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Touring vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4GT/0130/L
Engine Num: DB4GT/0130/L

The Aston Martin DB4GT was the only DB series car to carry the GT badge. This particular car first appeared at the Bonneville Speed Trials in 1961 where it won its class at 134 mph. From 1983 until the present the car has been raced throughout Nort....[continue reading]

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Touring vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4/GT/0156/R
Engine Num: 370/0142/GT

Between 1959 and 1963 there were 75 examples of the DB GT with coachwork by Touring created. The GT version was the high performance development of the DB4 sports car that had been debuted at the London Motor Show in 1958. The lightweight and compe....[continue reading]

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Touring vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4 GT/0129/L
Engine Num: 370/0133/GT

The 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT finished in dark red 'Peony' factory color was offered for sale at the 2006 RM Auction in Monterey, Ca where it was expected to sell between $750,000-$950,000. It departed from the works factory on March 23rd of 1960. I....[continue reading]

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Touring vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

This is one of three short wheelbase cars fitted with rear seats. It was featured at the 1960 Turin Auto Show. A high-performance version of the DB4, the car is fitted with twin ignition from two distributors, and has three twin-choke Weber carbureto....[continue reading]

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Touring vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4/827/L

This Aston Martin was ordered by an Ontario, Canada resident with several special requests, including left-hand drive configuration, Caribbean Pearl livery and dark blue interior upholstery in Connolly leather, Smiths instruments, Armstrong shock abs....[continue reading]

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Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4GT/0130/L 
Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4/GT/0156/R 
Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4 GT/0129/L 
Coupe by Touring
 
Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4/827/L 

History

Aston Martin unveiled their DB4 at the 1958 Paris Salon. This was a big achievement for the small British manufacturer as it was a totally new car on a completely new steel platform chassis and disc brakes on all four corners. It was powered by an alloy twin-cam 3.7-liter straight six engine and bodied by Touring of Milan in an elegant fastback aluminum body. This combination was performance oriented with all the necessary criteria such as potent engine, lightweight body, excellent stopping power provided by the disc brakes, and finished in an attractive and elegant fastback configuration. It was state-of-the-art at the time, a modern masterpiece of British engineering and Italian styling.

Harold Beech was involved with the engineering of the chassis, including the fitting of an independent front suspension and a live rear axle located by trailing arms and a Watt's linkage. The coachwork was constructed by Aston Martin under license from Touring

At the September 1959 London Motor Show, Aston Martin introduced their competition variant dubbed the DB4 GT. It was based on the race-winning prototype SP199/1. In the very capable hands of Sterling Moss, the GT prototype had won its first outing in May 1959 at Silverstone.

The Aston Martin DB4 GT sat on a shortened wheelbase, made lighter, and given a more powerful engine. The engine was given a higher compression ratio, twin plug cylinder heads, and triple dual-throat Weber 45 DCOE carburetors. Weight was reduced by 91 kg overall, partly by reducing the wheelbase by around 5 inches. The Standard DB4 produced 240 horsepower while the DB4GT produced 302 BHP making it the most powerful British car of its era. Top speed was achieved at just over 150 mph and zero-to-sixty took a mere 6.1 seconds.

The DB4 and DB4GT were visually distinguishable by the faired in headlamps, a feature that was later made standard on the DB5. The DB4 GT had a quick-release 'Monza' fuel fillers on each of the rear wings, bumper overrider deletes, and frameless roll-down windows within the doors. The interior of the DB4 GT was rather luxurious with Connolly hides and Wilton wool carpeting. An oil temperature gauge was added to the array of instrumentation, along with an 8000 RPM tachometer.

The Ferrari SWB 250 Berlinetta was a very dominate and competitive car in FIA racing, but the DB4 GTs were able to mount a strong challenge in 1959 by both the Works team and Jon Ogier's Essex Racing stable. Individuals usually found behind the wheel included Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Roy Salvadori and Innes Ireland.

Production of the Aston Martin DB4 GT lasted from 1959 through 1963 with a total of 75 examples produced, plus an additional 19 created by Zagato in various configuration. 45 of the 75 were right hand drive with the other 30 having left hand drive. Six of the 75 are known to have full Factory lightweight construction details. These six are further divided into two additional categories. The first group consisting of four examples were originally ordered as 'Build Sheet GTs' meaning they were ordered with this lightweight specification. Two were Right Hand Drive and the other two were Left Hand Drive. The other lightweight group is referred to as 'BESPOKE' or Service Department created GTs. Meaning they were modified to the lightweight specification after the factory had performed the original build.

Thus, most of the DB4 GTs created were suitable for competition or Grand Touring, for road or track.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
The Aston Martin DB4 was first introduced to the public at the 1958 Paris Salon and powered by a 3.7-liter straight eight and clothed in an aluminum body. Touring of Milan was tasked with creating the design. The Aston Martin DB4 GT was introduced a year later at the London Motor Show and was based on the race winning prototype SP199/1. 1959 was a great year for Aston martin as they had won the World Sportscar Championship title. The GT prototype inaugural race was in May of 1959 at Silverstone where it finished in first place at the hands of Stirling Moss.

The Aston Martin DB4 GT was lighter, shorter, and more powerful than the base DB4. In an effort to reduce the weight of the vehicle the bodywork was made thinner using 18 gauge alloy. The wheelbase was reduced by 13cm which made the rear seats obsolete. In total, 200 pounds had been shed. Under the graceful hood was the six-cylinder engine modified with twin plug cylinder heads and triple dual-throat Weber 45 DCOE carburetors. Horsepower was raised to over 300, bettering the standard DB4 engine by 60 horsepower, and making it the most powerful British sports car of its era.

Most of the DB4 GT's had Plexiglas rear screen and quarter windows. Disc brakes could be found on all four corners, as could the alloy Boranni wire wheels. The roll-down windows were frameless within the doors. A high-capacity fuel tank could be found in the rear. Quick-release 'Monza' fuel fillers were placed atop of the rear wings. All of this equated to a car that had a top speed over 150 mph and could race from zero-to-sixty in just over 6 seconds. Visually, in comparison to the DB4, the GT has cowled headlights and a very prominent hood scoop.

The interior of the cars were race inspired but still filled with luxurious amenities.

The DB4 GT was produced from 1959 through 1963 with only 75 examples being produced plus another 19 examples bodied by Zagato. 45 were right-hand drive and 30 were left hand drive. The Zagato bodied cars were necessary to keep pace with Ferrari's 250 GT machines. Zagato was legendary in the world or automotive weight reduction and their skills were in high demand. Ercole Spada of Zagato was given the task of performing the necessary modifications. Even after Zagato worked his magic, the Ferrari's proved to competitive for the DB4 GT's. Though the DB4 GT's suffered from oversteer and and low rigidity, its Achilles' heal was the fact that it was born from a road going car.

The final DB4 GT constructed was sent to Bertone who fitted it with a body and had it sent to the 1961 Geneva and Turin Motorshows. It was styled by Giorgietto Giugiaro who was in the infancy of his career. This, the 76th and final DB4 GT produced, was given an attractive steel body.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007

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