Some 25 of these new track-only GTs, built to the same specification as the originals, are to be made, in the same location as the originals, and priced at around £1.5m each. Only 75 DB4 GTs were built between 1959 and 1963, and only eight were lightweight models. They won quite a lot of races, and are the specification to which these new cars will be built.
Good news, then, for fans of classic Astons who can't spare the £3m-plus a period DB4 GT demands. (Well, good news for 25 of them, anyway.) And good news, too, for those who like to see production, such as it is, returning to Newport Pagnell.
Does it matter, this return of manufacturing to an old stomping ground? It's being billed as something historic but I suspect it doesn't really. I guess it's important in which country Astons Martins are made, for the reason BMW makes Rolls-Royces and Minis here. But I doubt it makes the blindest bit of difference which town. Rolls-Royces were never historically assembled at Goodwood and yet they now make more cars than ever. Some Minis are made in Austria but, because the factory in Oxford churns out more than 200,000 a year, I don't imagine most people really notice.
Anyway, what of the car itself, this DB4 GT Recreation? Curious thing. I'm sure it'll be terrific, and if you've bought one, I dare say you'll love it to bits. That's all that really matters, isn't it? Because whether it says good or bad things about a company rather depends on your point of view.
Do you see it as an important piece of work in reminding people of Aston's race heritage, for example? A way of showcasing the precious, otherwise vanishing skills of the craftspeople who still work over there? Or do you think it's a relatively easy way to pull £37.5m through the door? I suppose it could be both.
You wouldn't, for example, approach Sony and ask for a moderately-sized television, with a convex screen, mediocre picture quality, only one speaker, and a 150kg box the size of a chicken coop attached to the back of it. Ideally clad it in wood and put it on wheels and make sure I can't adjust it unless I get off the sofa while you're at it, there's a good bunch. I mean, how stupid does that sound? I don't know. Maybe only about as stupid as the fact that I still sometimes use a 48k ZX Spectrum simulator on a new £1,000 laptop. It's complicated, is I suppose what I'm saying.
I suspect, ultimately, then, that in all the talk of history and heritage and craftsmanship and so on, there are only two things that really matter: that the skills stay alive, and that they're worth a not insignificant £37.5m.