Thursday, 18 July 2013

Bertone Aston Martin DB4GT Jet

Words & photos: Daniel Bevis

Sitting squarely in the centre of the luxury sixties GTs // one-off coachbuilt specials // cars that look like spaceships Venn diagram is this, the Bertone Aston Martin DB4GT Jet.
Commissioned by Aston Martin, Bertone were charged with the task of crafting a unique and stylish version of the DB4GT for the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. Giorgetto Giugiaro penned the rakish lines, with the all-steel one-off being given the era-appropriate nickname of 'Jet'; its 3.7-litre, triple Weber 45DCOE-fed six provided 300bhp, which was just the sort of ballistic firepower promised by the outlandish, UFO-like silhouette.

The Jet was built on chassis number 0201L, the last of the DB4GT chassis (not counting the later Sanction II/III examples); it was unique among its siblings in that it was the only one to be bodied in steel rather than aluminium. Bertone took the lightweight, race-derived performance variant of the DB4 and repurposed it for continent-hopping, lavishly trimming the interior to complement the space-age curves.
Fully and sympathetically restored by Works Service in the eighties, it's fresh, pristine - indeed, a multiple concours winner - and was auctioned by Bonhams in May. The hammer price? £3,249,500.
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