1961 Aston Martin DB4GT 4.0-Litre Recreation  Chassis no. DB4/683/R Engine no. 370/675
Lot 336
1961 Aston Martin DB4GT 4.0-Litre Recreation Chassis no. DB4/683/R Engine no. 370/675
Sold for £221,500 (US$ 367,300) inc. premium
Lot Details
1961 Aston Martin DB4GT 4.0-Litre Recreation
Registration no. 755 MUP
Chassis no. DB4/683/R
Engine no. 370/675


  • The competition potential of Aston Martin's new DB4 had been recognised from the outset, and the factory lost no time in developing a lightweight version suitable for racing, the resulting DB4GT debuting at the 1959 London Motor Show. The model had already been proven in competition earlier that year when the prototype ('DP/199') driven by Stirling Moss won its first race at Silverstone. Extensive modifications to the standard car took 5" (127mm) out of the wheelbase, and replaced the rear seats with a luggage platform on all but a small number of cars. Together with lighter, 18-gauge bodywork, these changes reduced the car's weight by around 200lb (91kg).
    The GT used a tuned engine which, equipped with a twin-plug cylinder head and triple Weber 45DCOE carburettors, produced a claimed 302bhp at 6,000rpm, a useful increase over the standard car's claimed 240bhp.
    Viewed from the front, the GT was readily distinguishable by its faired-in headlamps with Perspex covers, a feature later made standard on the DB5 and DB6. The rear screen and quarter windows were made of Perspex on many examples; bumper over-riders were deleted and the wind-down windows were frame-less within the doors. Twin, quick-release, Monza competition fuel fillers were added atop the rear wings, leading to a large-capacity fuel tank mounted flat in the boot. GTs were fitted as standard with lightweight Borrani 42-spoke wire wheels with alloy rims and 3-ear 'knock-offs'. The interior was trimmed to full Aston Martin road car specification, with fine Connolly leather upholstery and deep-pile Wilton carpeting. The evocative instrument binnacle on the GT benefited from the addition of an oil temperature gauge to the standard array.
    This stunning re-creation of one of Aston Martin's most iconic models started life as a standard DB4 delivered to a Mr A G P Ramsay of Corbridge, Northumberland and registered 'NGR 10'. It is not known how long Mr Ramsay kept the car but old tax discs suggest it remained in the north east and was last used in 1983. Subsequently the car passed through the hands of a dealer and was acquired by the current owner in 1988 as a restoration project. The car had been reregistered '755 MUP' and now showed. 26,000 miles on the odometer, though a mileage of 126,000 seemed more consistent with its condition. The current V5 registration document indicates that there have been two previous owners.
    On further inspection it was discovered that the car was in need of more serious restoration than first thought and so was consigned to a corner of the garage while more pressing projects were completed. During the intervening 12 years a plan to create a GT replica was hatched, the intention being to use the best components from the DB4/5/6 range and incorporate a number of modest upgrades.
    Work started in 2001. The car was totally stripped and the chassis shortened the requisite 5" and rebuilt with new sills, chassis out-riggers, radius arm mountings, engine bay panels, floor panels, ear valance and other new sections as required. The gearbox cross-member was relocated in order to fit a DB5 ZF five-speed gearbox, while the rear spring mountings were modified to accept telescopic shock absorbers. A new aluminium front end in DB4 Vantage style was preferred to the more commonly seen GT front featuring the larger unframed headlight covers (at least one factory-built car - 'DB4GT/0167' - had a similar front).
    Throughout 2002 and 2003, new parts for the running gear and other GT-specific items were sourced (including door glass, fuel fillers and instruments) and the final detailing of the body completed, after which the shell was despatched for painting and the mechanical components overhauled. The rolling bodyshell was completed in late 2005. As a temporary measure a DB4 Vantage engine was installed in to enable the car to be driven while parts were collected to rebuild the original engine to GT specification. In the course of the next three years the car covered 4,500 trouble-free miles and garnered a 3rd place award at the 2007 AMOC Autumn Concours (Pride of Ownership class).
    Enlarged to 4.0 litres capacity, the original engine has been rebuilt to 'unleaded' specification incorporating a new Post Vintage Engineering DB4GT twin-plug cylinder head casting; fast road camshafts; new Ross pistons; new cylinder liners; steel crankshaft; new Carrillo con-rods; modified block waterways; block bracing plate; and new triple Weber 45DCOE carburettors complete with airbox, cold air feed and remote filter. The engine was assembled using genuine Aston Martin graded bearings and new studs supplied by JMB Services. The engine shows correct oil pressure and has negligible oil consumption.
    The completed engine was installed in January 2011 and the car returned to the road in March following further expenditure on re-trimmed front seats (with re-chromed fittings) a new windscreen, new old stock Lucas windscreen washer bottle and new Dunlop VR tyres. Other noteworthy features include frame-less door glass; GT fuel fillers in rear wings (with hidden lockable fillers); aluminium foam-filled fuel tank (15-gallon capacity); stainless steel exhaust system; Lumenition electronic ignition and rev limiter; Magnecor plug leads; high-efficiency aluminium radiator and oil cooler; 3.54:1 ratio limited-slip differential; DB4 front discs gripped by Girling 4-pot calipers; DB5 rear calipers and discs; servo with 1.9: 1 boost ratio and brake pressure limiting valve in rear circuit; Goodridge braided brake hoses; Koni front shock absorbers fitted with adjustable spring platforms; up-rated front anti-roll bar; Spax coil-over telescopic rear dampers with adjustable damping and spring platforms; solid steering rack mountings; 15" wheels shod with Dunlop 185VR15 tyres; genuine Borrani spinners; Lightened flywheel with DB6 diaphragm clutch; Lucas alternator conversion; twin Kenlowe radiator fans; Facet fuel pump; Filter King fuel pressure regulator; GT instrument panel; and 3-point safety harness.
    Following the GT-specification engine's installation and a spell of running-in, the car was despatched to Chris Shenton Engineering to be rolling-road tuned, checked over and detailed, and is now ready to use. Finished in Aston Martin Black Pearl with Charcoal leather interior, '755 MUP' comes with a copy of the original factory build sheet, a quantity of old MoTs and tax discs, an original DB4/DB4GT instruction book, Swansea V5 document, MoT/tax to March 2012 and invoices totalling more than £45,000. An original Aston Martin hydraulic jack is included in the sale. With all the surviving genuine DB4GTs either in museums or private collections, this stunning re-creation represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a car built in the spirit of the original at a fraction of the cost.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note this car will have a set of new tubeless chrome wire wheels by the time of sale. Please also note the GT cylinder head was supplied by Post Vintage engineering but was a genuine Aston Martin item obtained from AM Heritage parts dealer JCT600.
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