Production returns to Aston's Newport Pagnell site after ten years
Rejoice! For the first time since 2007, production has returned to the historic site, with the build of 25 Continuation DB4 GTs
Aston Martin has restarted production at its iconic Newport Pagnell site as part of its 'Second Century Plan’ with a special run of 25 DB4 GT Continuation cars.
It means the new cars will be built on the same site as original DB4s were nearly 60 years ago and they will become the first cars to be made by the facility since the end of production of the Mk1 Vanquish.
Since moving to its headquarters at Gaydon in 2003, the Newport Pagnell premises has been home to Aston Martin Works, which restores, services and sells heritage cars.
In a little over a year since company president and chief executive officer Andy Palmer announced the DB4 GT continuation project, the first of the track-only lightweight specials has already been delivered.
Each car takes approximately 4500 hours to build by hand, and the remaining Continuations will be completed and delivered during the course of 2018.
‘For more than half a century Newport Pagnell was the heart of Aston Martin,’ said Palmer. ‘Thanks to the efforts of those at Aston Martin Works it has since become the torchbearer for our Heritage division. It’s immensely satisfying and wholly appropriate that this historic, yet state-of-the-art facility should now form a key part of our expansion. Together with Gaydon and our all-new production facility at St Athan – which is progressing towards completion – it’s my pleasure to see production officially return to Newport Pagnell.’
Paul Spires, the managing director of Aston Martin Works, said: ‘It’s a source of enormous pride that our Tickford Street premises are once again building new cars for Aston Martin. The DB4 GT Continuation is the perfect demonstration of the capabilities we have here at Works and testament to the timeless appeal of Aston Martin’s illustrious classics.’
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