Speedback GT creator eyes other low-volume models, using the same design and processes developed for his 'modern classic'
Steve Cropley Autocar
14 August 2014

Yorkshire-based entrepreneur David Brown says he is actively considering opportunities to build other ultra-low volume luxury models, following the successful launch of the “modern classic” Speedback GT.

The new models would use the same design and build processes as the Speedback GT, using a top-class designer to create unique body and interior designs – high-priced and hand-built to show-car standards – supported by well-engineered and durable chassis and mechanical parts.

“We believe there are some good opportunities,” says Brown, “but we have plenty to do organising a production run of up to 100 Speedbacks.

"We’re not yet ready to say what kinds of cars we’ll produce after the GT, but they will definitely be consistent with the Speedback’s cost and quality, though.”

Brown says his design chief, Alan Mobberley, who came out of retirement to create the GT, has deliberately created a grille-style for the GT that has the potential to be used on other models.

David Brown Automotive operates from an office in Coventry, with eight permanent staff including Brown himself working with a disparate group of consultants and suppliers. “We manage other people’s processes,” he says, “and it all works very well.”

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14 August 2014
those wheels does not go well with contemporary dimensions

14 August 2014
For Aston not to insist it be crushed on copywrite grounds? I read recently that Mercedes squished a copy gullwing though that car was near identical to an original model. Whilst I'm totally indifferent to this car (and Aston Martins in general) I'd hate to see his efforts in the crusher.

14 August 2014
This may appear more acceptable in the metal, but, in the photos it looks along the lines one of those awkward Chinese rip-offs of a Mini or Rolls Royce.

Those wire wheels have to go - they just look silly.

14 August 2014
Marlc A wrote:

This may appear more acceptable in the metal, but, in the photos it looks along the lines one of those awkward Chinese rip-offs of a Mini or Rolls Royce.

Those wire wheels have to go - they just look silly.

Yes, would Zagato have made a slightly more elegant job of the nose, lights and wheelarches? The proportions around the tailgate and rear lights also seem slightly wrong and bolt-on. Darkening the lights, windows (and their surrounds) and toning down other chrome details will help. It's time for a company like this to give us a re-imagined XJS or Mk1 Virage.

14 August 2014
Doesn't work at all for me. It's sort of like an X6 for insanely rich people: a vulgar trinket for the hard of thinking. Isn't £600K enough to bag you a DB5 to look at and and F-Type Coupe to drive?

It'll do very well.

15 August 2014
David Brown is proud to announce the focus of the next project. As everybody fondly remembers the Austin Allegro a new and modern interpretation will be made based upon the chassis and running gear from a Ford Focus. David Brown says "I fondly remember the huge innovations of the Allegro at the time, and will be absolutely faithful to the original design, even down to the square steering wheel. Yet with a modern engine no longer will it refuse to start on a frosty morning."

15 August 2014
Newsflash - a man who is currently busy doing something is also thinking about what he'll do when that thing is finished. He's just not sure what the next thing will be just yet.

15 August 2014
How about a 4 seater convertible along the lines of a W111 Merc or Lancia Flaminia Touring? And a 250 Lusso or GTE lookalike while you are at it. I'm available for these or other model development purposes, test driving etc.

16 August 2014
But, with a name like David Brown, how about a tractor?

21 August 2014
JOHN T SHEA wrote:

But, with a name like David Brown, how about a tractor?

I'd have liked to have seen him starting on an update to the VAC tractor.

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