1963/1 Aston Martin DB4 Series VSOLD
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Reference Number 212929

as of 3/4/2013

Car 1963/1 Aston Martin DB4 Series V
VIN DB4/1024/R 
Exterior / Interior Color      Light Blue Silver Blue /      White Ivory Leather 
Registration ANH 118 A 
Condition Exceptional 
Mileage 84,906 miles 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Exterior: Metallic paint, Wire wheels
Interior: Leather interior, Wooden trim 
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Known History

This is a car that, after a very conventional start to life, has a fascinating history – possibly one of the best travelled DB4’s running today.


The car’s third owner, Mr Des Gibb acquired the car in 1970 and took it back to where he lived and worked in Fiji in the South Pacific. Here the car was registered under the local number, Y 135, and there it remained until 1999.


Des was a stalwart of the Suva Automobile Club on the island and participated in local motor sport events in the car and contemporary records note Des and the DB4 being placed first overall and winners of the Castrol Trophy in the Nausori Airport Sprint on 1970 and the Hibiscus Festival Sprint in September 1972. A winning time of 16.1 seconds is noted for the 1972 victory but no indication of the distance covered.


Des passed on and the car was purchased by the current owner and the car departed Suva, Fiji bound for Auckland on 20th January 1999 and then from Auckland to Tilbury on 31st January. It travelled in a container via the the Tasman Sea, across the Indian Ocean through the Red Sea to the Suez Canal and onwards across the Mediterranean and the Bay of Biscay. For a journey like that, you’d need your sea legs and, if there was cargo in a container, it would need securing safely. Clearly this was something that passed the South Sea Islanders by and the car arrived at Tilbury with little left of the lights and a number of additional dents and scrapes.


But that just added to the challenges undertaken by Jack Moss and his team at Aston Martin specialists, Four Ashes Garage. They undertook a full, body off, restoration of the car that included many new panels, engine overhaul and full respray in Silver. This restoration was completed in July 2000 and the car further enhanced in 2003 by an engine upgrade to 4.2 litre. Serviced and maintained by Four Ashes and latterly Wren Classics, the car has been a treasured family possession ever since.


Just four owners from new and a clearly recorded history of ownership would make this car a good choice – an outstanding and interesting provenance give the car genuine character. This is an exceptional car, beautifully presented and one to grace any collection.