“Continuation Cars”… The New Big Thing of the High-End Car Industry?

By rolex
April 15, 2021
5 min read

What’s currently the coolest trend when it comes to super exclusive cars? Protective layer glass…? Tesla proved that there’s opportunity to get better . Hybrid hypercars…? Well, yes yet there’s a chance that another LaFerrari stops next to yours before the Four Seasons – and that’s doesn’t sound exclusive. Restomods – restored, enhanced, modernized cars – like Singer Vehicle Design ? Yes, please. But on the off chance that you need to be even more accurate, the real deal is named “continuation cars”, a vehicle no longer in production that the first car manufacturer begins producing once more. Presumably not something you need to see for a 1980s Ford Taurus or a 1970s Opel Kadett, however when it comes to some of the most brilliant cars ever, things become marginally more interesting. 

With the market for vintage road and dashing cars reaching insane numbers – $70 Million for a 250 GTO, close to $20 Million for a GT40 or a Porsche 917 – it seems that car manufacturers have understood the importance of these symbols and the role they play, as a feature of their set of experiences as well as in their current imago. A large portion of the high-end brands presently have internal “classic departments” to restore vintage cars – Ferrari Classiche, Lamborghini Polo Storico or Aston Martin Works. In any case, that was just step one. The next step is called “Continuation Cars”. The idea is simple; take some of the most pursued, respected, admired cars throughout the entire existence of the brand and start the production again – in limited series, that is. Well, if the idea is simple, the execution is marginally more complex… to say the least.

We’ve recently seen Jaguar, Aston Martin, Shelby or even Bentley resurrecting some of their past models – and not the most exceedingly awful of them, truth be told. These cars are right around 1-to-1 recreations, down to the engine, the skeleton or the bodywork. This means that they must be done by hand, in extremely low volumes. And here are some of the best examples of “Continuation Cars”.

Bloomberg’s take on continuation cars

Why are brands making million-dollar cars that are both new and old?” Pretty interesting question, indeed. In this long and in-depth article, Bloomberg takes a gander at some of the recently unveiled continuation cars from Jaguar – that recreation of the D-Type is simply insanely beautiful (well, the first was as well) – or Aston Martin, yet in addition takes a gander at the not all that great side of things, like replicas and unit cars.

If you need to have a good overview of this developing market for continuation cars, Bloomberg’s article should be a good start.

The Top Continuation cars, according to Gear Patrol

What’s your take? More of a 1960s British gentleman driver or a hardcore V8-powered Ferrari killer? Well, dependent upon you to choose between some of the greatest vintage cars… Sorry, some of the greatest continuation cars listed here, including British symbols like the XKSS or the DB4 GT. Or then again cross the Atlantic and take a gander at recent Shelby recreations, including the unequaled exemplary Daytona Coupe or the GT40. And why not a DMC-12, a 1-to-1 re-edition of a 1980s symbol, the De Lorean?

Make your choice here, with Gear Patrol’s selection of continuation cars .

Building A Legend, a 1966 Ford GT40 Continuation

You can hardly beat the 1966 GT40 in terms of pedigree – especially since its notoriety has dramatically increased recently, with Ford v. Ferrari on silver screens. While some manufacturers, like Superformance, have decided to create relatively dependable replicas of the GT40 – Ford hasn’t embraced this trend yet – some true petrolhead thought this was not enough… Not accurate enough, to be precise. “Ted Baird, the owner of this car, went a step further and utilizing a collection of unique parts he’d amassed over time, he made sure his GT40 would be a true 1966-spec machine, complete with pieces from some of the race-winning cars themselves,” says Petrolicious, and to see it in real life, take a gander at the video below (piece of advice: turn the volume up…)

Video produced by Petrolicious, with more great content here .

Bentley Birkin Blower continuations

As of now, we’ve for the most part seen some continuation cars based on 1950s and 1960s models – understandably, as these decades are the golden age of sports/race cars. Bentley, a brand with history and hustling pedigree, has decided to do something different, which is as I would see it, even bolder; recreating Sir Tim Birkin’s 4½ Liter Team Blower from 1929… Now, that’s another kind of car! With this dashing machine from an earlier time, Bentley brings back the most celebrated car from its 100-year back list. Twelve examples will be worked by Bentley’s in-house team of Mulliner craftspeople. Quite impressive, indeed.

More details about this Bentley time capsule at classicdriver.com .

The “Clarkson/Hammond-way”…

You’ll need a membership to Amazon Prime to see the full one (or illegal streaming, yet we can’t encourage you to do that), however I couldn’t resist showing The Grand Tour episode dedicated to continuation cars here… Well, in any event the trailer, which includes Clarkson in a DB4 GT and Hammond in a XKSS… And May in a Honda Civic Type-R. Another somewhat unconventional take on the concept of continuation cars.

And here’s Hammond’s take on the Jaguar XKSS Continuation

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