David Brown’s Speedback GT Arrives In The U.S. One Year After European Debut
In case you were wondering, David Brown Automotive is a U.K.-based manufacturer of high-end, limited-run luxury cars. Founded only two years ago, DBA currently has only one model in its lineup, the Speedback GT, which is a hand-built two-door that promises to provide classic styling, modern comforts and amenities, strong performance, exclusivity, and coachbuilder-style customization. With a successful public debut in Monaco last year, the Speedback will now head to the U.S. at the end of the summer to entice deep-pocketed buyers looking for an expensive dose of British motoring goodness.
“It’s been a fantastic year for Speedback GT since its launch,” said company founder and CEO David Brown. “Having had such a warm reception at a number of world-leading shows in Europe, it is a natural progression to bring the car to an American audience, where we’re sure there will be plenty of fans. We have already received a lot of enquiries asking when we would be bringing the car over so we’re really excited to finally be making the journey across.”
The car will first appear at the Quail Lodge in California during the Pebble Beach Automotive week in August. The Speedback will be initially seen at the Quail Rally Welcome on the 10th, followed by participation in the Rally on the 11th and 12th before finally going on display for the main event on the 14th.
“The Quail is the ideal venue to exhibit Speedback GT, with its luxurious, elegant, classic setting that encapsulate the car’s virtues and is full of true car enthusiasts,” Brown said.
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Why it matters
First, it’s probably good to mention that Mr. Brown of DBA is in no way related to the one-time owner of Aston Martin. Apparently, it’s just a popular name if you happen to be a Brit with an engineering background and affinity for running a car company.
First, it’s probably good to mention that Mr. Brown of DBA is in no way related to the one-time owner of Aston Martin.
With that cleared up, I wholeheartedly agree with DBA’s decision to bring the Speedback to the Quail for its first U.S. outing. The Pebble Beach Auto week combines numerous prestigious events into one very expensive motoring festival. In addition to the Rally, you’ll find a variety of auctions where million-dollar cars regularly change hands.
There’s also historic racing at Laguna Seca under the Monterey Motorsports Reunion banner, and of course, there’s the supreme show-and-shine competition at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. When it comes to high-status car events in the U.S., this one’s hard to beat. All the big names in the automotive industry will be there, and if DBA is looking for customers, you can be sure that’s the crowd to target.
“This car appeals to anybody who desires a truly individual sports car, which can boast a fine British pedigree and which will only be produced in limited numbers, thus ensuring the kind of exclusivity associated with Britain’s once proud heritage of traditional, high-quality, automotive coach-building,” Brown said in a press release.
Based on the Jaguar XKR chassis, the Speedback GT is an old-school throwback with contemporary underpinnings. It’s created in Coventry using “traditional British materials and craftsmanship,” sporting many hand-built features. The exterior was modeled by Alan Mobberly, a former Jaguar designer, who instilled the two-door with lines that harken back to the GT cars of the 50s and 60s.
The interior is awash in premium upholstery and trim covering every surface. Under the extended hood is a Jag-sourced 5.0-liter V-8 that produces 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, good enough to propel the Speedback to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 155 mph. Only 100 will be produced, with each costing roughly $753,000.
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