An Aston Martin DB5 is a classic car, whose appearance in James Bond’s “Goldfinger” resulted in everlasting fame. A car admired by many, but owned by few. With gorgeous classic lines that make car enthusiasts’ hearts skip a beat. Luckily this design is now reincarnated in the Speedback GT. A modern interpretation of renowned design and craftsmanship.
In the early days it was common practice that a car manufacturer provided the chassis and engine after which a coachbuilder created the body and interior. Due to mass production and continuous pressure on profits this habit is unfortunately almost extinct. And that’s where David Brown (not to be confused with the David Brown who used to own Aston Martin) comes in. He started David Brown Automotive, a modern British coachbuilder, which combines traditional craftsmanship with modern technology. The Speedback GT is their first model.
Chief designer Alan Mobberley took design cues from classic Aston Martins (DB5 anybody?) and infused them with a pinch of classic Ferrari and Maserati. Resulting in a handmade pinnacle of sixties design and modern technology, the Speedback GT.
Underneath the gorgeous body a rear wheel drive Jaguar XKR lurks with a roaring supercharged 5.0 litre V8, producing 510 hp and 461 lb ft. Resulting in performance only matched by the car’s beauty; 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. This raw power is controlled through a six-speed automatic gearbox with sequential shifting. Stability control and performance brakes help the driver to tame this powerful beauty. Take into account that this car is not about raw performance but more on style and touring. So if you’re looking for a razor sharp handling super car you should look elsewhere.
The handcrafted body features many retro-modern touches like the 19″ wire wheels, sculpted half bumpers and an aluminium filler cap. On the inside it’s all about leather and wood combined with modern aluminium details. The 16-way adjustable power seats are heated (and cooled), making it easy to find a comfortable driving position. The high performance audio system combines a touch screen-interface and satellite navigation with modern connectivity like Bluetooth and USB. As you can see in the pictures the combination of all those sumptuous materials creates a modern interpretation of British sportive luxury, worthy of a true Gran Turismo.
And the trunk also features a nice surprise; a fold-out seat which makes those weekend picnics so much more enjoyable. And if picnics are not your thing you can opt for a discrete storage compartment instead. By design the car features a 2+2 lay-out, but if you wish you can drop the back seats and increase the luggage capacity.
I was lucky enough to see a Speedback GT in real life at the latest Techno Classica in Essen, and I must say it looks even better in real life! The styling, materials and lovely details,.. it all adds up to a great looking car.
Strange that no one has come up with such a car before. But I’m grateful David Brown did.
Unfortunately and not unexpected this modern dream comes with a hefty price tag, £495,000 (€680,000) to be precise. This of course is the starting price, further customisation will add ‘a bit’. Luckily any Jaguar dealership can service the car, so you don’t need to go to the UK for each service. This month the Speedback GT has also been launched in the USA, where it will be available for $753,000.
If your interest is triggered by this article, be sure to visit David Brown Automotive and read up on all the finest details. I sincerely wish David Brown all the best with this fantastic looking car and hope that it will attract enough customers. I can’t wait for the next model he has in store for us …