The Speedback GT is David Brown Automotive’s first and only product, and it is a coach-built car with classic looks and modern features. After first meeting David at the Quail during Motor Week he invited us to come and take a look at the factory. It was here we were able to see the craftsmen at work building the pieces that would be used to build one of the world’s best Restomods.
The body designed by Alan Mobberley, a former Land Rover designer was coaxed out of retirement by Brown to help make his dream come true. Restomods are almost always based on something else underneath, and the Speedback GT has the frame and drivetrain of a Jaguar XKR. The 500hp supercharged V8 is certainly not a bad start, and it can be serviced at your local Jaguar dealership which is very handy indeed. Changes to the prototype vehicle that we drove back in August (which you can read here) number 27 although we have to admit we certainly couldn’t tell, both the prototype and the finished cars look beautiful.
The forged aluminum bodywork comprising of 142 panels, was custom made by a coachbuilding company which specializes in concept cars, we would even describe it as fine art. The interior is also hand-crafted throughout with the best materials available. The car has a standard of finish and detail that puts it in the highest echelons of the modern car market. Bespoke work like we see on the Speedback GT means a production time of around 6 months total or 3200 hours and the hands-on involvement of around 50 craftsmen and women.
“Expertise in the UK for this type of car is thankfully still very much alive,” says Brown of the production process. Our car appeals to customers who appreciate beautiful design, but also want performance and technology, conveniences, along with the exclusivity and luxury of knowing they own just one of a few vehicles ever produced.”
Made to order, the Speedback offers an array of exquisite details as well as some special features such as a fold-out picnic seat in the rear.
“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.”
Brown added “Speedback is the realization of a dream for me, and is the result of skillful and dedicated work by a team of highly talented designers, engineers and craftspeople. The Speedback name perfectly reflects the classic sports car tradition of the past, while also doing justice to the sophisticated silhouette of the car’s hand-built body and unique styling.”