Project Car DP214
Project Car DP214

Project Car DP214

(1963)

The factory were sufficiently impressed by DP212 that they further developed the concept for 1963 and produced two the DP214 GT cars (DB4GT/0194 and DB4GT/0195), again based on the DB4GT, which this example is the only survivor. The body was now lower, wider and lengthened to finish with a Kamm tail to give greater stability at high speed. Again, early promise in the GT class at Le Mans in 1963 evaporated after both cars retired with problems due to broken pistons after achieving good positions. Chassis #0194 was being driven by Jim Kimberley and Jo Schlesser retired after 10 hours, 3rd overall; #0195 driven by Bruce McLaren and Innes Ireland retired after 4 hours.

Project Car DP214

During 1963, the works DP214 cars competed in the Guards Trophy race at Brands Hatch (#0194 , 6th overall, #0195, retired), TT race Goodwood, (#0194, 7th, #0195 retired), Inter-Europa Cup, Monza (#0194, 1st, #1095, 3rd), Coupe de Paris, Monthery (#0194 1st, #0195, 2nd) and Coupe de Salon, Monthery (#0194, 5th, #0195, 1st).

For the 1964, both cars were sold off to the Dawnay Racing Team. #0194 continued to race and is a firm favorite in historic GT races to this day. #0195 was unfortunately destroyed following a fatal crash in practice at the Nurburgring which claimed the life of its driver, Brian Hetreed.

Interestingly, #0195 apparently was rebuilt and was destined to be sold in the Coys Auction, Silverstone in 1995. After inspection by Aston Martin experts, the car was declared ‘a replica’ made up of a DB4GT engine and gear box, contemporary Aston Martin parts and a body showing a fairly close resemblance to the original. Thus the car cannot be considered an Aston Martin and Coys withdrew it from the sale.

The rear view shows well the Kamm tail, a modification of which appeared on the DB6 only two years later. A classic example of racing improving the breed. The 3.7 litre DB4GT engine produced 317bhp, sufficient for a top speed of 186mph down the Mulsanne straight.

The driving lights of the Project Cars are said to have influenced those on the DB7 Vantage and V12 Vanquish.

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