The name’s the same – and there’s definitely something familiar about the car.
A man called David Brown has built a stunning sports car that resembles the classic Aston Martin DB6 – which was built by the car company during the years it was owned by Huddersfield industrialist Sir David Brown.
Coventry-based car manufacturer David Brown Automotive is set to show off its new car, the Speedback, on April 17 at the Top Marques Show in glamorous Monaco.
Mr Brown, company founder and chief executive, has a long-standing background in engineering and vehicle manufacturing – as well as an equally strong enthusiasm for classic and contemporary cars, although he has no connection with either Aston Martin, Sir David Brown or the Lockwood-based David Brown Group.
He said: “The launch of Speedback is the realisation of a dream for me and is the result of skilful and dedicated work by a team of highly talented designers, engineers and craftsmen.
“I am delighted at the reaction of the media, our suppliers, potential customers and friends and I look forward to presenting the car to the public in Monaco.”
The car will command a six-figure price when it goes on sale, although Mr Brown has not disclosed the figure.
The car is the result of 18 months of hard work by the David Brown Automotive team, including chief designer Alan Mobberley. It is hand-built using traditional British materials and is powered by the latest Jaguar 5-litre supercharged engine.
Speedback’s sleek lines invite comparisons with the iconic DB6, which was one of the models produced by Aston Martin in the 1960s when the company was owned by Sir David Brown.
Sir David, who also headed David Brown Tractors at Meltham and David Brown Gears in Lockwood, bought Aston Martin and Lagonda Ltd in 1947. During his tenure, the company produced perhaps the most famous Aston Martin of all, the DB5, which was driven by Sean Connery as 007 in Goldfinger and Thunderball.
Sir David sold the company in 1972. The businessman died in 1993, aged 89.
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