David Brown Automotive is a British manufacturer of limited edition automobiles in Coventry, England, belonging to British businessman David Brown (British Entrepreneur).
The company announced the Speedback, its first model, in March 2014 in London. The vehicle's public debut was at the Top Marques show in Monaco on 17 April 2014. Despite sharing a similar background in engineering, and the same name as previous owner of Aston Martin, there is no family connection between the two companies.
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The culmination of a lifelong dream and the realisation that, in order to achieve classic status, one must draw from the past and then embrace the future.
In the early days of motoring, an automobile’s rolling chassis was built independently of the body and interior trim. This meant that individuals in the market for a new car could choose to purchase just the running gear and commission a coachbuilder to design and build the car’s body and interior to their personal specification. Known for quality craftsmanship and design flair, early coach builders produced some of the world’s most desirable cars. As mass-production techniques developed, the car’s body and chassis became structurally unified. As a consequence, the demand for traditional coachbuilding went into decline. Many independent coachbuilders were absorbed by the manufacturers, whilst others evolved into world-famous design houses such as Zagato, Pininfarina and Bertone. Through specialist, low-volume manufacturing processes, David Brown Automotive is defining coachbuilding for the 21st century. A renaissance of bespoke, beautifully-crafted and limited edition automobiles for the discerning individual has arrived. Speedback GT is at the forefront of this high-tech renaissance.
Speedback is the first model announced by David Brown Automotive. Launched at the Top Marques Show in Monaco in April 2014, it is an Aston Martin DB5 or DB6-styled car built on a Jaguar XK alloy platform. The announced price is £495,000 plus local taxes. The company sources its production to British-based suppliers and builds the cars on Jaguar supplied XKR rolling chassis, complete with powertrain but without a body. The company has announced it will never produce more than 100 Speedbacks.
Speedback was designed by ex-Jaguar Land Rover designer Alan Mobberley. The bespoke bodies of Speedbacks are produced using traditional coach building methods; the aluminium body panels are hand beaten and then rolled over anenglish wheel. The bucks over which the panels are beaten have been milled out using a 5-axis CNC milling machine from CAD data.
The drivetrain is a 5.0-litre Jaguar AJ-V8 engine generating 510 bhp (380 kW; 517 PS) with a six-speed automatic transmission. It can accelerate 0-to-60-mile-per-hour (0 to 97 km/h) in 4.6 seconds.