1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IVSOLD

Gooding & Company Classic Car Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 3,670 CC DOHC Alloy Inline 6-Cylinder Engine Twin SU HD8 Carburetors 240 HP at 5,500 RPM 4-Speed Full-Synchromesh Gearbox 4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Dunlop Disc Brakes Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension Live-Axle Suspension withTrailing Links, Watts Linkage, and Coil Springs About this Car: In September 1961, a variety of updates were introduced to the DB4, giving the newest variant of the famed Aston Martin series noticeably different details than its predecessors. Among other tasteful changes, the egg-crate-style grille of the earliest cars was replaced with a modern barred look, while the air scoop was dramatically reduced in size and eliminated the previous mesh grille. Excluding the rare GT and Vantage models, these late-production DB4s are widely acknowledged as the most desirable variation of the range, offering a unique combination of improved mechanicals with the light, sporting appearance of the early DB series. The DB4 presented here – a Series IV saloon with a distinctive appearance and charming history – is quite a remarkable and exciting find. According to factory records, this DB4 was originally sold to D. Saez Merino and G.V. Fernando of Valencia, Spain. Finished in Bleu Elvezia with a Giulietta Red leather interior, the special-order Aston Martin was generously equipped with an overdrive, oil cooler, yellow headlamp bulbs, Marchal fog lamps, electric windows, Britax safety belts, a Motorola radio, and chrome wire wheels with Dunlop RS5 whitewall tires. The first owners were appreciative caretakers, as factory records indicate that the car was consistently serviced as needed. In 1966, the engine and gearbox were treated to a service, and the bodywork was attended to and repainted. Three years later, when engine problems developed, the factory replaced the original engine with a freshly reconditioned unit – no. 370/288 – and subsequently adjusted the build record and chassis plate to reflect this change. Remarkably, this car is believed to have remained with its original owners for almost 50 years before being imported to the US. Although the coachwork has been repainted once to an impressive standard, overall this Aston Martin confirms the impression of a highly original and well-kept car. The aluminum superleggera coachwork is in remarkably good condition, displaying straight panels and consistent gaps. In addition, the chrome and brightwork has been attended to as needed and is very presentable throughout. Most recently, an Aston Martin specialist reupholstered the cabin in high-quality black leather hides. As a testament to its Spanish heritage, this car wears original Barcelona plates dating from 1961, as well as a fascinating grille badge from the Reial Automobil Club de Catalunya. These features contribute greatly to the authentic appearance and charm found in this Aston Martin. Overall, the presentation of the engine bay and undercarriage is very correct and shows no evidence of significant modification or damage. The untouched serial-number pad retains the original red paint and proudly displays the original stampings, confirming the information noted in the factory service records. At the time of cataloguing, the odometer displayed approximately 84,000 km (roughly 50,000 mi) a figure commensurate with the DB4’s condition and dynamic character. The consignor states that the DB4 performed very well on a recent outing, exhibiting good power and the solid, irreplaceable character of a largely original car. In addition, the gearbox is reported to have a progressive feel, and the suspension and brake systems are said to have benefitted from recent attention. Overall, this DB4 offers an enticing opportunity to acquire a lovely example with the charisma, performance, and elegance that have come to be expected of an Aston Martin. A perfect candidate for AMOC events, road rallies, or simple enjoyment, this outstanding DB4 should hold great appeal for the enthusiast in search of a high-quality 1960s GT.

Reference Number 206509

as of 2/15/2013

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Car 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV
VIN DB4/828/L 
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