The on-going quest for speed has manufacturers competing against each other in hopes of producing the fastest production car in the world. Although many have attempted it, only a select few had the pleasure of holding the title of the fastest car. Currently, the title belongs to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which managed to break the record in 2010 by travelling at 257.87 mph (415 km/h). Over the years numerous different vehicles held the title and it is one of those vehicles that we are going to look at today.
Aston Martin DB4 was introduced in 1958, having previously debuted at the 1958 London Motor Show earlier that year. It received an overwhelmingly positive response upon its unveiling with many praising its unique, Continental appearance.
It wasn’t the car’s appearance however that earned it its fame. Powered by a 3.7-litre (3670 cc/223 in³) Tadek Marek 240hp engine, the vehicle was capable of reaching a top speed of 141 mph (227 km/h), making it the fastest production vehicle of its time.
Only a year after the introduction of the original DB4 a GT version of the vehicle was launched. The 1959 Aston Martin DB4 GT was slightly more powerful than the standard DB4, which shows in its top speed. The vehicle was capable of reaching a top speed of 152 mph (245 km/h), meaning it took the title of the “fastest production car” away from its predecessor. Only 75 units of the DB4 GT were ever built making it a rare and highly sought after vehicle.
The DB4 GT remained world’s fastest production car for four years until it lost the title to Iso Rivolta Grifo A3/L 327 in 1963.
Aston Martin continues to produce fantastic vehicles to this day and having produced numerous game-changing cars throughout the years, it remains one of the best British car manufacturers of all time.
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