1962 Aston Martin DB4 Série V SS550.000-750.000 EUR - Estimate

Aston Martin DB4 Série V SS

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French title
Chassis n° DB4/1020/R
Engine n° 370/1073/SS

- Collection of a Parisian enthusiast
- Top-level restoration
- Original engine increased to 4,2L
- Over 100 000 € of recent work
- One of the rarest and most desirable versions of the DB4

Reference Number 512995

as of 1/17/2018

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Salon Rétromobile Hall 1  Phone  +33 1 42 99 20 56  City  Porte de Versailles
75015 Porte de Versailles  Fax  +33 1 42 99 16 39  State  Paris
France  Mobile    Country  France France
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Car 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Série V SS
VIN DB4/1020/R 
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Known History

The DB4 Series V appeared in 1962 and was the ultimate version of the model. It had the faired lights of the DB4GT, with a chassis that was longer by 9cm and a higher roof-line allowing more room for the rear seats and the boot. It prefigured the DB5 that only differed in having a 4-litre engine and 5-speed gearbox. It was a DB4 Series V that was used with a DB5 for the filming of Goldfinger and gave this model worldwide celebrity status. The Series V with the SS engine, also known as the Vantage, with triple SU carburettors and a higher compression ratio, had 10% more power, producing 266 bhp. Just 95 examples were built, making it as rare as the DB4GT, and costing almost as much when new.

 

Leaving the factory in 1962, the car on offer was delivered with numerous optional extras, including the engine built to Vantage specification, overdrive, electric windows, rear heated windscreen and Motorola radio. Originally Dubonnet Rosso, it was sold new to Monk & Dunstone by the company J. Blake & Co. Between 1963 and 1972, the car belonged to Alan Warr, before passing through the hands of Alan Thomas Strother, Patrick Engelberg, Alistair John Hacking and its sixth owner John Handley. Repainted black, it sold to a well-known Greek shipping magnate and gentleman driver in 2008, before being acquired by the present owner in 2011, who had been looking for a Series V SS for ten years. Wanting a car in perfect condition, he had it fully restored by top marque specialists RPM in Clichy, Aston Engineering Ltd Heritage and upholsterers J.-C Marchand.

The restoration was carried out with enormous attention to detail and to standards set by Aston Martin Heritage. The project, which included converting the car to left-hand drive, took over two years and cost over 100 000 €. The engine was rebuilt to 4.2-litre specification (approximately 290 bhp) and converted to unleaded petrol. The mechanical work included replacing the liners and pistons, new timing chain, x-rayed crankshaft, new oil and water pumps, overhauling the triple SU carburettors, repairs to the manifold, alternator conversion, installation of compact starter, repairs to the cooling system and fuel pipes, a new clutch and balanced transmission. The engine compartment was sandblasted and repainted, and all extra elements restored and repainted. The running gear and suspension received the same level of attention, with rings, rubbers, ball joints and links replaced, a sports kit (springs/ shock absorbers) fitted and anti-roll bar installed. The brake lines were replaced, along with the calipers, cylinders, hoses and servo brakes. A new factory stainless steel exhaust was also fitted.

The electrical circuit was completely overhauled and wiring loom replaced. The conversion to left-hand drive involved replacing the floor, refitting the dashboard with the original hardware and moving the pedal box. The instruments on the dashboard were replaced, along with controls for the ventilation and heating, and mechanisms for the electric windows. The top of the dashboard was re-upholstered in leather, and Wilton mats and interior trim fitted. Finally the wheels were fitted with Michelin XWX tyres.

Today, this car, with 95 040 miles on the clock, is presented in superb condition. It comes with its factory build sheet, British registration history, a comprehensive file of bills and photos of the restoration, and a period Motorola radio. The original right-hand drive dashboard will also be given to the buyer.

This DB4 has been driven regularly since the work was carried out, and handles beautifully on the road, with its 4.2-litre engine providing a performance that remains impressive today. In this specification and condition, it must be one of the best examples of the Aston Martin DB4 Series V available.