A £500,000 slice of indulgence

The David Brown Speedback GT is the result of a project to turn a Jaguar XKR into a bespoke grand tourer, “a car redolent of 1960s sports tourers and with more than a hint of Aston Martin DB5 thrown in”, says Steve Moody in Car.

David Brown is a businessman and car lover, and the result of his tinkering is a “slice of indulgence” – a modern car with all the benefits that brings, and yet “looking for all the world like a blast from the past”.

The cabin of the Speedback is “a triumph of personal tailoring”, says Moody. Wood and leather abound and the finish is good; there’s even a picnic bench, which pops out of the large boot. The bodywork’s chrome is “magnificent, with a deep, rich lustre”. And the hand-built aluminium body is “exquisitely finished”.

The £500,000 price tag may be eye-watering, says Luke Madden in AutoExpress, but it begins to make sense when you get up close. The aluminium body is elegant, the gunmetal paintwork shines with a subtle burgundy under sunlight and those wire wheels are “a work of art”.

The dials on the dash have jewel-like numbers, the steering wheel is a “wooden masterpiece” and many of the switches are finished in polishedmetal. They even glow gently at night.

It drives more like a relaxing cruiser than a sports car, says Madden, but nevertheless you still get the “incredible” performance and “nimble” handling of an XKR.

So, if you have a spare £500,000, you “won’t feel shortchanged” by the David Brown Speedback GT. It “captures the spirt of Sixties GT cars better than any other”.

Price: £499,950 (plus tax)
Engine: 5.0-litre V8
Power: 503bhp
Top speed: 155mph
0-62mph: 4.8 seconds
Economy: 23mpg
Carbon dioxide: 298g/km

Merryn

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