In 1962, the Aston Martin works department saw the Ferrari 250 GTO get homologated for racing, so they decided they would try some of the very same modifications that made the GTO a winner. The first of these was the DP212, which used a low profile nose, sweeping body and rear Kamm tail to good effect.
 
 

 
This helped the aerodynamics, especially at high speeds in much the same way as Ferrari's 250 GTO. Other features included a bored out four liter engine, a DeDion-type rear axle and a chassis which used more aluminum. Aston completed one DP212 just in time for the 1962 Le Mans 24 Hour race, and showed great promise until retirement in the sixth hour. The following year they revised into the DP214 and made two examples (#0194 and #0195).
 
 
The DP214 was much lower and wider than its predecessor for increased stability and high speed racing. These changes allowed the 317 bhp car to achieve 186 mph down the Mulsanne straight.
 
 
 
Quest to Beat Ferrari
One year after the DB4's debut, Aston Martin launched the DB4 GT competition version. Designed to break Ferrari's GT-racing stronghold, the DB4 GT was built for both the works teams and privateers. Weight reduction was achieved by constructing the car using the 'Superleggera' principle of body panels fixed on a tubular frame was used.
 
 
The all-alloy 3670 cc straight six engine, designed by Tadek Marek, produced 240 bhp, and was sufficient for road use but not enough to face the competition on the track. Aston increased the power to a factory claimed 302 bhp by fitting a twin-plug head, and 3 Weber Carburetors.
 

 
Debuted at the London Motorshow in 1959, a prototype made an impressive competition debut in the hands of Stirling Moss in the International Trophy meeting at Silverstone earlier in the year. Moss took the victory in its class from a mediocre field. In the remainder of the season the DB4 GT proved fast and on pace with the less powerful long wheel base (LWB) Ferrari 250 GTs. Production started in all earnest in 1960 and at the end of the year many DB4 GTs were raced by privateers in Great Britain with considerable success.

However, at Le Mans in 1960, Aston Martin was humiliated with 250 GT SWBs taking the first five places in class. Drastic measures were needed to bring the DB4 GT up to 250 GT pace. Aston Martin commissioned Italian coachbuilder Zagato to design and construct an even lighter body. Zagato had earned quite a reputation with their lightweight bodies, mostly fitted on competition Abarths and Alfa Romeos. Lighter and more powerful than ever, the DB4 GT Zagato was still not able to beat the Ferraris.

A New Four Litre Prototype Design for 1962
Reluctant to give up the fight with Ferrari, Aston Martin developed a new version of the DB4 GT to run under the new four litre prototype rules of 1962. Dubbed the DP212, this new car was the first of four 'project cars' produced by Aston.
 

 
Compared to the regular DB4 GT the DP212 was considerably lighter by using a lot more aluminum for the chassis. More striking was the completely new body, which from the front resembled the Le Mans winning DBR1.
 

 
Closer inspection reveals that the DP212 is more than just a lighter and rebodied DB4 GT. The engine was bored out to just under the four litres maximum, and the compression was increased. At the test bench the revised engine was good for 345 bhp, but when fitted in the car 327 bhp proved to be a more realistic figure. At the rear the double wishbone suspension was replaced by a more exotic DeDion setup. The new car was ready just in time for the Le Mans 24 Hours, so there was little time to properly test it.

Richie Ginther and Graham Hill Were Signed to Drive the DP212
At Le Mans it faced stiff competition from Ferrari, who had converted one of their 250 TR racers to comply with the new regulations, creating the 330 TRI/LM. Richie Ginther and Graham Hill were signed to drive the DP212. In the first few laps all the efforts seemed to have paid off, with the DP212 leading the field. Unfortunately time was lost with some small problems, and eventually the DP212 was forced to retire with a busted piston, which paved the way for another Ferrari victory. Apart from the technical issues, the DP212 only suffered from some lift at high speeds.
 

 
Encouraged by the pace displayed by the DP212, development continued and for 1963 three new cars were built. These can be broken up in two different specifications: the DP214 for the GT class and the sole DP215 for overall victories.
 

Slight Difference Between the Two Specifications
In reality the two versions differed little – with the exception of the slightly smaller engine in the DP214.
 
 
Two DP214s were given DB4 GT chassis number to convince the authorities that they were really based on the production car.
 
 
The two GT racers were fitted with a 3.7 litre version of the familiar straight six, which produced a hefty 317 bhp. The racing debut of Aston's latest GT car came at Le Mans. Piloted by experienced drivers the two machines gradually worked their way up the field until both were forced to retire with piston failure. In the remainder of the season, minor victories were scored including Monza. At the end of the season Aston Martin ended the program and both cars were sold to the Dawnay Racing Team. They entered the cars in various major races and again a minor victory was scored. One car was virtually destroyed in an accident at the Nürburgring and later scrapped.
 
 
This is a rare opportunity for enthusiasts to take delivery of a unique car that was produced in very limited numbers and has a timeless style with the heart of a Lion.
 
 
Hand-Crafted by Local Artisans
Each car body will be hand-crafted in Fine Sports Cars' workshops by local artisans to the original factory specifications ready to thrill its new owner. These automobiles are being constructed using our customer’s Aston Martin donor automobile, or an Aston Martin donor car from our inventory.
 

Fine Sports Cars' documentation includes:
• An original chassis plate and door plate from the donor car
• A personalized numbered chassis plate
• A numbered door plate detailing the place of origin and the manufacturer
• A signed certificate of authenticity which documents the place of manufacture, the originality of the donor car, and the history of the car model
• A complete list of specifications and parts

Rarity Index: 1 car remaining

Estimated Auction Value of an Original Car:
DP212
$13 million • DP214 $13 million
 

 
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