David Brown Automotive, the British coachbuilder set to introduce its old-is-new-again Speedback at the Top Marques show in Monaco next month, has revealed a bit more of its upcoming offering in a video by XCAR. The Speedback is based on the platform and running gear of the soon-to-be-discontinued Jaguar XKR, with a design heavily influenced by 1960s-era cars from Ferrari, Maserati and Aston Martin.

While we've seen more than a few views of the Speedback, this behind-the-scenes shoot at Envisage Group, the Coventry-based company assembling the first running prototype, gives us a much closer look at the construction, build quality and unique features of the four-place coupe under proper lighting.

Peering inside the vehicle while it is still under construction reveals that the Speedback's handcrafted interior shows a heavy Jaguar/Land Rover influence (understandable, as Alan Mobberley, head of design for David Brown Automotive, was the chief designer of interiors for JLR). All of the modern conveniences are there, yet they've added some interesting touches. Many of the buttons on the dashboard are not plastic, but metal, incorporating tiny perforating holes to allow colored illumination to show through. Most interesting to our eyes is the hatchback's drop-down tailgate, which tumbles open to reveal a picnic seat stored beneath the flat floor.

The Speedback has a polarizing appearance, with some of us liking its retro looks, while others prefer to simply look away. Watch the video below, then let us what you think of the car in Comments.



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      Lachmund
      • 8 Months Ago
      to me this looks like an expensive kitcar. I simply don't think it captures the beauty of the originals
      Griffen W
      • 8 Months Ago
      The modern headlights with the "every kit car has to have these tail lights" throws it off for me. The build quality, fit, and finish look pretty darn good though. I still get Ford Thunderbird more than I do Classic European GT from it, not a bad thing necessarily, but theres a few small details that hold it back.
        RJN
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Griffen W
        David Brown is copying the product his more famous namesake from the 50's and 60's produced: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aston_Martin_DB6 . I don't know intellectual property rules well enough to know whether there is an infingement 50 years after the original, but it is a DB6 copy....
          Lachmund
          • 8 Months Ago
          @RJN
          the problem is it doesn't look as good as the BD5/6...not even close. The Eagle looked just as good as the car (E-type) it was inspired by...if not better. This doesn't
      cooter
      • 8 Months Ago
      I don't agree the appearance is polarizing. I think they nailed it and it looks great.
      Cosmic Boer
      • 8 Months Ago
      Incredible bob: Spot on!
      INCREDIBLE BOB
      • 8 Months Ago
      I think it is a VERY successful design.. I would change some minor things.. 1-- wheels too small, making the car look old 2-- grille texture could be richer 3-- taillights could do with a bit more finesse
      healthtrekker
      • 8 Months Ago
      Translation: "We loved the Eagle Speedster, but since that's done we're ripping-off the next-best thing, the DB5."