Following the great commercial success of the DB4 since it was first launched in 1958 by Aston Martin, in collaboration with David Brown, a competition-oriented variant was introduced to the public during the Earl’s Court – London Motorshow in September 1959, based on the race-winning prototype DB199/1.
Aston Martin’s DB4GT featured multiple modifications compared with the standard DB4 coupé such as no less than 5 inches removed from the wheelbase, light alloy doors, bonnet, bootlid, floors, propeller-shaft tunnel, among others.
The engine was extensively modified featuring 9:1 compression
and equipped with a twin plug, dual ignition cylinder head breathing through triple dual throat Weber 45 DCOE carburettors. Boasting a 302 bhp at 6,000 rpm, the DB4GT was the most powerful British car of its era.
The DB4GT is instantly recognizable and is distinguished by its Dashboard with additional gauges, perspex covers headlamps, later on adopted for the DB4 series 5 Vantage, then onto the DB5 and DB6.
The bumper overriders were deleted and the roll-down
windows were frameless within the lightweight aluminium structured doors. This was completed by a very desirable and eye-catching twin, competition-style quick release Monza fuel fillers and lightweight
The Aston Martin DB4GT we are offering here is chassis DB4/GT/0110/R and is one of just 75 examples manufactured, which makes it one of the lowest production model to this date. As per the factory build sheet, 0110/R was supplied new in June 1960 to G. Griffiths, believed to be
Guy Griffiths, contemporary motor racing photographer and founder of the Cotswold Motor Museum.
Appropriately road-registered ‘KLL 007’, 0110/R was originally finished in tasteful Deep Carriage Green M037-3716 with Beige hide VM.3099. Mr. Griffiths will keep the car for 3 years before selling to Mike Knights, then a young racing driver and founder of the Winfield Racing Driver’s School business.From 1963 until 1966, Knights will campaign 0110/R in various races with the following highlights:
During Knight’s ownership, the car will be damaged twice and repaired each time by the factory in Newport Pagnell, as referred in the DB4GT Book by Stephen Archer & Richard A. Candee.
In 1970 Knights eventually decided to part with 0110/R and had a major engine overhaul performed before passing on to third owner R.M Connell from Australia. The car will remain in Connell’s ownership for a mere 10 years before passing on to fellow-Australian Andy Fraser who in turn will also keep the car for an additional 10 years and actively race it in national competitions.
By 1990, 0110/R returned to its homeland in the UK and stay with fifth, short-term owner G. V. Melkonian. In 1991 the car was acquired by G.K Spiers and then to leading Aston Martin Historic racing owner / driver Geoffrey Marsh of Marsh Plant Hire. 0110/R will stay in his ownership until 1995 when it was acquired by historic racer Paul Whight. The car had been in road-going trim and tune when acquired, but Mr. Whight then had 0110/R painstakingly prepared for essentially AMOC-organized competition.
As driven by him the car proved very competitive in Class D of the AMOC postwar race series at Brands Hatch and Silverstone, and finished well at Mallory Park, Oulton Park, Donington Park and Croft during the 1998 season. Paul Whight continued to campaign 0110/R throughout the 1999-2000 seasons before selling to Peter Thornton in 2001.
Peter Thornton ran the car with its original engine for about 3 years but commissioned world renowned marque specialists Aston Engineering Ltd to build a 370 bhp twin plug 4.2 race engine and thereafter campaigned the car with success in multiple events until 2010. It is during Thornton’s ownership where 0110/R made one of its best achievements during the the Spa-Francorchamps Six-Hour Endurance classic in Belgium, co-driven with David Garrett/Tom Alexander, with a win in their class and finishing 8th overall from no fewer than 70 starters in 2003, followed by a 2nd in class in 2005, and 7th overall amongst 83 starters in 2007.
In 2011 Thornton decided to move on and Canadian enthusiast Ian Dalglish who continued to occasionally race the car in various prestigious historic events and still under the thorough maintenance of Aston Engineering Ltd.
0110/R had then become a regular invitee at the annual Goodwood Revival meeting whilst being driven by renowned race drivers such as Le Mans winning driver Romain Dumas or Indianapolis ‘500’ winner Danny Sullivan. Under Aston Engineering’s maintenance program 0110/R became one of the most competitive DB4GT, running in front grid 3 at the 2014 Le Mans Classic and taking a class win at the Tour Auto the same year!
0110/R is a very well-known example in the historic GT racing scene in addition of being one of the most, if not the most competitive DB4GT. Offered with an extensive spare package which includes the original engine as a spare as well as its original pair of seats, this exceptional example offers the opportunity to continue its successful racing career or convert back to its original road specifications.
Photos: Tom Shaxson