The Aston Martin DB4 GT was manufactured between 1959 and 1964, and was first introduced at the London Motor Show as a special lightweight high-performance alternative to the standard DB4.
During testing, the car could reach an impressive maximum speed of 153mph, with a 0–60 time of 6.1 seconds. The DB4 GT was also one of the first cars that could go from standstill to 100mph, and then brake to a halt, in less than 30 seconds.
The DB4 GT that will join us at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb was raced by the Aston Martin factory team, as well as HWM, so its engine was extensively modified by the factory to increase performance. Apart from the modifications made by the factory, the car has never been restored and still features its original interior.
The Aston Martin Ulster that will take part in the Footman James Concours d’Elegance was also part of the Aston Martin factory team, although at least 30 years earlier! It was produced to compete at the 1934 Le Mans race alongside two other team cars whose chassis were copiously drilled for lightness. Throughout the race, all three works Astons were sidelined by trifling mechanical problems, prompting A.C Bertelli to try and un-jinx the team by painting the cars – previously always finished in various shades of green – in Italian racing red.
A serious competition machine, the Ulster featured a large number of mechanical refinements as a result of Aston Martin’s extensive endurance racing experience. Some of these improvements included painting the dashboard matte black and the radiator surround in body colour, as reflected early-morning sunlight had been found to be a serious problem when going flat out at Le Mans.
The car that will join us at the Concours is one of the few remaining Le Mans team cars, and the only one that retains its original drilled chassis to this day. Now used as a road car, it won the Bagatelle Concours d’Elegance in 2007 and attends many classic car events across the country.
We’re proud to be joined by two outstanding Aston Martins with important historical significance – will you choose one of them as your Concours d’Elegance winner this year?