Aston Martin has announced that it has achieved another objective that was a key part of its ‘Second Century Plan’ with production officially beginning again at the company’s historic Newport Pagnell site. The milestone was marked with the production of a special run of 25 DB4 G.T. Continuation cars which were built at the same site as the original DB4 G.T.s. These DB4 G.T.s were made almost sixty years ago.
Aston Martin had moved to its purpose-built headquarters and top-notch production facility at Gaydon in 2003, and the company’s premises at Newport Pagnell premises had functioned as Aston Martin Works – which served as its hub for heritage sales, service, spares and restoration operation. The company stopped production of the Mk1 Vanquish ceased in 2007, and the Works team dealth only with the restoration of classic Aston Martins.
Newport Pagnell is the perfect place for the production of the DB4 G.T. Continuation cars as the stuff there has immense knowledge and experience, and Aston Martin Works is also the spiritual home for many renowned Aston Martin models ranging from DB2/4 to Vanquish S Ultimate. Each car will showcase the Works’ unique ability to combine absolute authenticity and old-world craftsmanship with modern production techniques and performance enhancements.
It has been hardly a year since Aston Martin President and CEO, Andy Palmer first announced the DB4 G.T. Continuation project, but the first track-only lightweight specification cars are already ready and have been delivered to their buyers. Each car takes about 4,500 man hours to build, and the remaining cars are slated to be completed and delivered during the next year.
Commenting on Newport Pagnell’s official return as a production facility, Paul Spires, Managing Director, Aston Martin Works said that it was a matter of great pride that the facility is once again serving as a site for building new cars for Aston Martin. The DB4 G.T. Continuation is the perfect vehicle to showcase the capabilities of the team at Works and highlights the timeless appeal of Aston Martin’s illustrious classics.
Andy Palmer, CEO Aston Martin, added: “For more than half a century Newport Pagnell was the heart of Aston Martin. Thanks to the efforts of those at Aston Martin Works it has since become the torchbearer for our Heritage division. It’s immensely satisfying and wholly appropriate that this historic, yet state-of-the-art facility should now form a key part of our expansion. Together with Gaydon and our all-new production facility at St Athan – which is progressing towards completion – it’s my pleasure to see production officially return to Newport Pagnell”.
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