We often get asked, what is a Continuation Car? In its simplest form, a Continuation Car is classified as a continuation of any vehicle, built to exact tool room specifications as the period car it is based on. Over the years continuation cars have become very popular with collectors, as they enable them to experience a car that would typically be out of reach due to scarcity, or in some instances, give them an opportunity to have a working, usable match to the priceless car they have stored away for years to come.
For big brands continuation cars are an amazing way to retain heritage. With the monotonous design of electrification in full force it is very difficult to predict the future of the automotive landscape, but development of continuation cars gives brands a way to showcase some of the relics of the portfolio and keeps them engaged with serious collectors. With Aston Martin, Bentley and Jaguar just a few exploring their racing history with continuation cars, it seem only right for Vanwall to join the mix.
The Aston Martin DB4gt
Hand-built on the same Newport Pagnell site as its illustrious predecessors, almost 60 years after the first cars were produced. The DB4GT marked the first time production had returned to Aston Martin's historic home since the 2007 completion of the last V12 Vanquish S, which established the facility as the world's oldest purpose-built automobile manufacturing facility. The Continuation series has since seen the production of the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation, as well as the Goldfinger DB5 Continuation, complete with gadgets inspired by James Bond. Both of these models capture the spellbinding essence of Aston Martin's illustrious heritage.
The Blower Bentley
Bentley went from being a relatively unknown automaker to a serious contender in the industry when it introduced the Blower in 1929. The British company will made 12 exact replicas of the legendary race car to commemorate it. Each one will built using 3D scanning, more than 40,000 hours of professional labor, and 2,000 different specially designed parts. It has a 4.4L 16V inline-four engine and can go up to 140 mph, which is pretty good for a car that has been around for almost 100 years.
The Jaguar C-type
The C-type Jaguar is the most recent addition to the lineup of continuation automobiles produced by the British automaker. It is based on Jaguar's first race car that won Le Mans. It has the same 220 horsepower 3.4L straight-six, hand-crafted tubular frame and aluminum body, and powerful disc brakes from 1953, all built to exacting standards. The best part, however, is that each one is custom-built, allowing customers to customise everything from the livery and paint to the badging and interior trim. This is the final car in Jaguars continuation car line up following on from the Lightweight E-type, XKSS and 25 D-types.
The 1958 Vanwall
The first winner of the F1 World Constructors Championship, Vanwall is returning to the race track with just six cars to be built to the 1958 specifications. Working from original drawings they will be hand crafted and machined by world-leading historic race engineers. Each car build will take thousands of hours and will be accurate in every part to the nearest thousands of an inch. The 1958 Vanwall can rightly claim to be one of the greatest ever front-engined F1 race cars. As winner of six of its nine races that year, with the maximum amount of points possible, no other car, not even a Ferrari, could get close to a Vanwall on the limit.