1962 Aston Martin DB4SOLD
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Reference Number 40240

as of 3/9/2009

Overview
Car 1962 Aston Martin DB4
VIN DB4/1075/R 
Small Series  1 of 70 
Exterior / Interior Color      Silver /      Black 
Condition Exceptional 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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Known History

With the exception of the Zagato, the DB4 Convertible is possibly the rarest of all the David Brown Aston Martin road cars with just 70 built in total – five fewer than even the fabled DB4 GT, an example of which recently fetched £1m at auction.

 

It was based on the sensational DB4 saloon, that perfect blend of rugged British engineering and exquisite Italian style that had been launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1958. Totally new from tip to tail, everything about the car broke new ground – a real achievement for such a tiny, albeit highly regarded, manufacturer. On top of a brand new platform chassis, developed by Harold Beach, sat a lightweight 'Superleggera' body by Touring of Milan, with aluminium panels fixed to a tubular frame. And what a body it was – lithe, muscular and impossibly elegant, it remains to many the most beautiful four-seater ever made.

 

And it didn't just look good. Thanks to a race-bred 3.7-litre all-alloy twin-cam straight six (designed by Tadek Marek) and disc brakes all round, the DB4 was the first production car capable of 0-100-0mph in under 30 seconds, hitting the 100mph mark in 21 seconds on its way to a top speed of 140mph in standard 240bhp tune. At a time when the average family car was doing well to hit 60mph and might take a week to get there, this staggering performance made the DB4 the fastest thing on the road, easily the equal of the best the Italians had to offer.

 

Keeping everything under control were disc brakes all round, rack-and-pinion steering and a beefed up David Brown four-speed gearbox. Suspension was by independent coil-springs and unequal length double-wishbones to the front, with a Watts-linkage located live axle to the rear.

 

The DB4 went through five series in its five-year lifespan with only minor styling tweaks to tell them apart, some 1,040 examples being made in total. The convertible was made between 1961 and 1963 with just 70 examples produced. A very few cars (136 saloons and 32 convertibles) had the Vantage spec engine with triple SU carbs and a revised cylinder head that boosted power to 266bhp (26 up on standard). At the top of the heap there were also 75 GT-spec cars with even lighter bodies, twin-plug heads and triple Weber carbs that boasted 302bhp and a top speed of 153mph.

 

 

 

 

 

According to a copy of the original build sheet in the history file, the car was sold new by HW Motors Ltd to Mr GM Roberts of Thomas Christie & Co Ltd, Aldershot, in November 1962. The colour was Snow Shadow Grey with Dark Blue Connolly hide interior. Little is known of the subsequent history of the car until the last owner acquired it from a garage in Fulham in around 1982.

 

At this point it had been in storage for several years and had less than 30,000 miles on the clock – now 76,900 which is believed by the vendor to be the genuine distance covered from new. It was then despatched to marque specialist Ian Mason for a thorough going over to prepare it for everyday use, and was to be maintained by Ian for the next 15 years. During this time it was used for scooting around London and for occasional trips to Robinson's holiday home in the South of France.

 

Among the thick sheaf of bills from this period is a £7,500 invoice from 1986 for the fitment of a rebuilt 4-litre 'C' type Vantage spec engine which remains in the car to this day. In 1988 (at 44,500 miles) the car was treated to a substantial chassis and bodywork restoration at a cost of £13,500. At some point it was also fitted with the triple Weber carbs that it still retains.

 

In 1999 it was sent back to the Aston factory for a second thorough overhaul which included the fitment of a reworked, unleaded head and a low ratio rear axle for improved acceleration, at a total cost of £18,500. Over the last three years the car has had a further £60,000 spent on it which included: respray and retrim to a high standard; new hood; new floor pans; new stainless steel exhaust; new stainless steel wheels; new tyres; new stainless steel fuel tank; new lights all round; new chromework; new radiator; new windscreen; new lightweight starter motor; full engine overhaul and rebuilt carburettors.

 

The car now looks magnificent and is ready for a new owner to enjoy.

 

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