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7. 1959 Aston Martin DB4GT Prototype Coupe
Sale Price: $6,765,000
Auction: RM Sotheby’s
Even before Aston Martin officially announced the DB4 in September 1958, Design Project 199 was already underway to create a lightweight racing version of the DB4. Known as DP199/1, the Aston Martin DB4GT Prototype was shortened behind the front seats by literally cutting an early DB4 in half, with shorter doors and a wheelbase of 93 inches. With two seats and luggage space in the rear, the DB4GT’s doors are lightweight aluminum and the entire body is lighter 18-gauge aluminum alloy. The engine received a twin-plug cylinder head, triple 45 DCOE Weber carburetors, a higher compression ratio, larger valves and revised camshafts. The DB4GT Prototype tested at Le Mans in April 1959, with the first public showing in May at the Silverstone race circuit in England, when Sir Stirling Moss put the car on pole position, won the race and set a lap record.

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