1960 Aston Martin DB4 Ex Peter USTINOVPrice Upon Request
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Originally owned by the legendary Academy Award-winning actor, playwright and diplomat Sir Peter Ustinov, this ultra-rare DB4

1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Sports Saloon LHD
One of only 125 produced.
Long-term ownership in a private Swiss collection
Chassis no. DB4/350/L, Engine no. 370/117

3,670cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine Double SU Carburettors
240bhp at 5,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
One of only 125 left hand drives DB4 Series II produced Lifetime in Switzerland
Matching numbers car
Complete restauration
Documented by its Aston Heritage build records

At its launch in October 1958, the DB4 marked a major turning point for Aston Martin as it was the first car of the David Brown era which neither used a chassis derived from the experimental Atom of 1939 nor an engine designed by W O Bentley. Moreover, it was the first Aston Martin to carry Carrozzeria Touring's 'Superleggera' bodywork, in which light alloy panels were fixed to a framework of light-gauge steel tubes welded to a platform chassis. Although styled by Touring, the DB4's gorgeous fastback coachwork was built under license by Aston Martin, which employed some of the finest panel beaters in the industry. The result was a car whose sleek lines were described as "unmistakably Italian and yet... equally unmistakably Aston Martin". When the DB4 was introduced, it was Britain's most powerful and fastest production car, and the aerodynamically styled, all-aluminium, Superleggera coachwork looked sensational, establishing a look that would endure for the next dozen years.
The Aston Martin DB4 was the first of the DB models to employ the entirely new twin-overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder, 3.7-liter engine designed by Tadek Marek, which had first been seen at Le Mans the previous year in the DBR2. The Polish engineer who had joined the Newport Pagnell company in 1954, Marek had previously enjoyed a racing career and posts with General Motors and Fiat in Poland.
Manufactured between October 1958 and June 1963, the DB4 developed through no fewer than five series. However, it should be made clear that the cars were not thus designated by the factory, this nomenclature having been suggested subsequently by the Aston Martin Owners Club to aid identification as the model evolved. The first series had already undergone a number of improvements, including the fitting of heavy-duty bumpers after the first 50 cars, before the second series arrived in January 1960. A front-hinged bonnet, bigger brake callipers and an enlarged sump were the major changes made on the Series II. Including Vantage and convertible models, approximately 1,100 of these iconic DB4 'Gentleman's Express' sports saloons were produced between 1958 and 1963.
Aston Martin DB4 N°350/L
This DB4 built in summer of 1960 is one of 125 Series II left-hand- drives examples. Delivered at July 13, 1960 in Elusive Blue over Off White leather to Actor Sir Peter Ustinov at via porta Latina 13, Rome, Italy.
In the Year 1960 Sir Peter Ustinov won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the very successful film Spartacus, an American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The film became the biggest money maker in Universal Studio’s history in the 60s.
In the 60s to 80s Sir Peter Ustinov was one of the most famous and successful film actors and he was also a lifelong car enthusiast, owning several Aston Martin’s, like a DB2/4, this beautiful DB4 Saloon and a DB4 Convertible.
In the autumn 1960 by driving in Italy the engine of his Aston DB4 Saloon lacked an oil cooler and expired. In one of his last interviews to Phill Llewellin Sir Peter Ustinov tells us what happened:
"I was going under a bridge when the radio started making strange noises. Then I realised it was switched off. Suddenly, in a tunnel, there was a huge explosion. The horn button shot out, hit me on the forehead and left a mark that made me look like an Indian maharani. Smoke poured from the steering column. Aston Martin asked me to send the engine back to the factory. I explained that half of it was small enough to be dispatched in air-mail envelopes."
A new engine 370/117 was send on December 29, 1960 to Aston Martin agent Hubert Patthey, Neuchâtel, Switzerland for exchange under warranty.
Sir Peter Ustinov kept the car for several years. It might be reasonably assumed that DB4/350/L spent all here lifetime in Switzerland. The home of Sir Peter Ustinov’s was at Bursins, Vaud, Switzerland and he became a Swiss resident in the 60s.
The first sign of life after many years was upcoming by Beat Roos of Roos Engineering, Frauenkappelen, Switzerland. He noted “Eingegangen 21. Februar 1987” on the build sheet of DB4/350/L. Aston Martin specialist Roos Engineering was preparing the car for MOT in autumn 2000.
During the Years 2001-2003 DB4/350/L went through a full restoration of engine, mechanical parts, body and trimming by Aston Martin specialist, Switzerland. The interior was trimmed in black Connolly hides while the exterior was finished in Almond Green livery. All work carried out have been documented in the history file.
A new owner acquired the car in the Year 2004.
2005 was a special year for Aston Martin. Over 300 Aston Martins were at the St. George Day at Windsor Parade before Her Majesty The Queen and DB4/350/L took part of it.
At September 1, 2015 the present owner bought DB4/350/L. A thorough service and some repair works by marque specialist was done to ensure proper running. Receipts over CHF 11,000 attest to the care bestowed upon the car in the last two years.
Aston Martin DB4/350/L is a strong and fast runner with a famous first owner and an important history and would be a great candidate for a wide variety of historical events.

Reference Number 630067

as of 5/18/2021

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Auto Sport & Collection  Contact  Location
RF 14 rue du mont blanc  Phone    City  Geneva
1201 Geneva  Fax    State  Genf
Switzerland  Mobile    Country  Switzerland Switzerland
Car 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Ex Peter USTINOV
VIN DB4/350/L 
Small Series  1 of 125 
Exterior / Interior Color      Green /      Black 
Registration Switzerland 
Condition Exceptional 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Interior: Leather interior, Wooden steering wheel 
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