On August 14, a mod, 1960s-inspired sensation embarks on a new British invasion as the David Brown Automotive Speedback GT makes its first official appearance across the pond at the Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, in Carmel, Calif. Building from the chassis and power train of a Jaguar XKR, David Brown has coupled cutting-edge engineering with the aesthetic sensibilities of the Sixties for a timeless take on the grand tourer. Its gorgeous aluminum figure features a pillarless monocoque structure, 142 handcrafted body panels, and a finish that requires 120 hours of attention. The interior is dressed in drum-dyed, full-grain leather and single-batch, hand-sanded wood veneer paneling. Beneath the striking profile lies a substantial amount of power delivered by a supercharged, 5-liter V-8 engine that can propel the car to a top speed of 155 mph with an acceleration time of zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. At the reins is a 6-speed automatic transmission. Each car requires approximately 3,200 man-hours to manufacture and can be further customized to order.
Ready for its close-up in this country, the Speedback GT was first glimpsed at the Quail Rally Welcome Reception on August 10 before its participation in the procession itself—an invitation-only, three-day drive around the Monterey Peninsula. On Friday, the 14th, the car will be lauded while on the lawn of Quail Lodge & Golf Club. Although tickets to the event are currently sold out, those interested can be added to the waiting list at signatureevents.peninsula.com. Launched last year in the United Kingdom, the Speedback GT will be available to the U.S. market for a starting price of roughly $773,000. (davidbrownautomotive.com)