1960 Aston Martin DB4GT

The DB4GT, was formally introduced in September 1959 at the London Motor Show. This was the year in which Aston Martin achieved outright victory at Le Mans and took the World Sportscar Championship title, the smallest manufacturer ever to do so, before or since. 

The GT was developed for increased performance by making it shorter, lighter, and more powerful than the production DB4. In order to save weight, the bodywork was made using a thinner aluminium, the wheelbase was reduced, and the rear seats were removed on all but a small number of special-order cars. The engine was extensively modified giving a new power output of 302bhp which qualified the GT as the most powerful British car of its era. 

Outwardly, the GT is distinguished by faired-in headlamps with Perspex covers, a popular feature that was later adopted for the DB4 Vantage, then onto the DB5 and DB6 models. The rear screen and quarter windows were also made of Perspex, while the bumper overriders were deleted, and the roll-down windows were frameless within the lightweight aluminium structured doors. 

RM Sotheby's will be offering this example at their upcoming London auction on the 7th September, the estimated value is between £2.2m – £2.5m. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos courtesy of Tim Scott Fluid Images / RM Sotheby's.