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Bertone Aston Martin DB4GT One-Off Is New Most Valuable Aston Martin

It sold for £650k more than the James Bond DB5

 
 
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The Bertone Jet was a one-off car based on the last Aston Martin DB4GT

A one-off Aston MartinAston MartinAston MartinUnited Kingdom, 1914 > present62 models
1926 photos
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DB4GTDB4 GTAston Martin DB4 GTUnited Kingdom, 1959 > present40 photos
with a one-off body by BertoneBertoneBertoneItaly, 1912 > present11 models
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sold for £3,249,500 including fees ($4.889 million or €3.8 million) has become the most valuable Aston Martin ever sold. It went for £649,500 more than the James Bond DB5DB5 James BondAston Martin DB5 James BondUnited Kingdom, 1964 > 19643 photos
1 video
used "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball" that sold in 2010 for £2.6 million, the equivalent of $4.6 million at the time.

The car was the last DB4GT completed by Aston Martin and one of 30 left-hand drive cars made. It was shipped to Bertone for the special body and displayed at Bertone's stand at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961. It was one of the earliest works by Giorgetto Giugiaro who was 22 at the time and later created important cars like the original Volkswagen GolfGolf Gen.1Volkswagen Golf Gen.1Germany, 1974 > 19849 versions
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and BMW M1M1BMW M1Germany, 1978 > 198121 photos
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.

The DB4GT was the competition version of the DB4 with removed rear seats, thinner aluminum bodywork and a 5in shorter wheelbase. The changes reduced the weight by 200lbs. Power got an upgrade with triple Weber carburetors and two spark plugs per cylinder to increase power from 240hp in the standard version to 302hp in the GT.

The one-off Bertone body was known as the Jet and was meant to blend performance and style. It was not has light as the ZagatoDB4 GT ZagatoAston Martin DB4 GT ZagatoUnited Kingdom, 1960 > 196312 photos
-bodied cars but had more luxury extras. The aluminum body was replaced with Giugiaro's creation in steel.

Unfortunately, the Jet appeared in Geneva the same year as the Jaguar E-TypeE-Type Gen.1Jaguar E-Type Gen.1United Kingdom, 1961 > 196715 versions
79 photos
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, which stole all the headlines that year. 

The car lived most of its life in the US after Bertone sold it, but the then-acting Aston Martin Chairman Victor Gauntlett bought the car in the 80s and restored it at the factory. The car was sold mid-restoration, but the new owner was able to track down the necessary parts and get the car back on the road in 1988.

Since its restoration, the Jet has toured the world to win Best in Show and Best in Class awards at many concours d'elegance, including Pebble Beach in 1989 and Villa d'Este in 2001. It has also been driven extensively for a car of its rarity. Since 1988, the owner put 35,000 miles on the car. 

Source: Auto Evolution and Bonhams

Encyclopedia
Aston MartinAston Martin
DB4DB4
DB4 GT Bertone JetDB4 GT Bertone Jet
Engine
Straight 6
Displacement
224 cu in
Top Speed
--
Transmission
4, Manual
Maximum power
306 hp @ 6000 rpm
Type
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel
Petrol
Fuel consumption (combined)
--
price
--
annual ownership cost
$ 1.042

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