Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

Photo: Bryan McCarthy

1959 Aston Martin DB4 GT Lightweight

Amelia Island Concours 2019

Mar 26, 2019 | On Show

The DB4 GT was Aston Martin’s answer to the successful Ferrari 250 GT SWB. Of the 75 DB4 GTs built, just eight were lightweight versions developed to further improve performance. The standard DB4 GT already featured lightweight alloy body panels and a shortened wheelbase in order to reduce overall weight. The lightweight versions took this philosophy one step further with additional lightweight alloy components, holes drilled into various parts of the chassis, and an even lighter alloy body. Despite Aston’s best efforts, the Ferraris continued to win, and the DB4 GT had only minor successes.

This specific example, 0151/R, was the second of two DB4 GTs purchased by John Ogier to become part of his Essex Racing Stables. It was raced in the later half of 1960 until Ogier replaced his Lightweight DB4s with a pair of DB4 Zagatos. Notable drivers of this car include Innes Ireland, Jim Clark, Tony Maggs, and Roy Salvadori.

 

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