NEWPORT PAGNELL, U.K. – Aston Martin car manufacturing officially returns to its original postwar factory, where the iconic DB series was born, as its second seat of production.

The brand’s Newport Pagnell facility in Buckinghamshire some 50 miles (80 km) north of London has been selected to build the DB4 G.T. Continuation cars. These racing-track-only, lightweight-specification cars each take about 4,500 man-hours to build and claim to blend authenticity and old-world craftsmanship with modern techniques and performance enhancements.

“It’s a source of enormous pride that our Tickford Street premises are once again building new cars for Aston Martin,” says Paul Spires, managing director-Aston Martin Works. “The DB4 G.T. Continuation is the perfect demonstration of the capabilities we have here at Works and (is) testament to the timeless appeal of Aston Martin’s illustrious classics.”

Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin, adds: “For more than half a century Newport Pagnell was the heart of Aston Martin. Thanks to the efforts of those at Aston Martin Works, it has since become the torchbearer for our Heritage division.

“It’s immensely satisfying and wholly appropriate that this historic, yet state-of-the-art facility should now form a key part of our expansion. Together with Gaydon and our all-new production facility at St. Athan (Wales), which is progressing towards completion, it’s my pleasure to see production officially return to Newport Pagnell.”