Which would get you out of bed quicker? A strong coffee or a pristine 1959 Aston Martin DB4 GT?
|Aston Martin||Engine||Power||Torque||0-100kph||Top speed||Weight||Price when new|
|DB4 GT (1959)||Inline 6cyl, 3670cc||302bhp @ 6,000rpm||240lb ft @ 5,000rpm||6.1sec||246kph||1269kg (238bhp/ton)||$5590|
PetroliciousCo is back with its ‘Morning Coffee’ mini-series, which asks its viewers whether a strong coffee or a drive in a classic sports car would get them out of bed quicker in the morning. Given the series has already taken a look at both the Ferrari 288 GTO and a 1965 Alpine A110 Tour de France, the answer won’t surprise you too much. Now Aston Martin has decided to get in on the action with a 1959 DB4 GT.
Apt really, given that 25 ‘continuation’ DB4 GTs were recently announced, each of which will be produced – using traditional build and design methods – out of Aston’s former factory in Newport Pagnell, and will cost over $1 million each.
When the DB4 made its debut at the 1958 London Motor Show, a new 240bhp 3.7-litre sic-cylinder underneath meant 0-100kph in nine seconds – hardly shabby pre-1960s – and a 225kph top speed, thanks also to a (comparatively) lightweight build. The high output, low weight variant DB4 GT ‘lightweight’ though took this further, scything 85kg out of the kerb weight as well as an upgraded six-cylinder – power now up to 302bhp – meant 0-100kph plummeted to 6.1 seconds. And if you want to know how that sounds, skip the first 30 seconds of the above video (it does drag a bit) and jump to 1m. THAT British soundtrack would definitely get us out of bed faster than any Italian espresso…