1960 Aston Martin DB4 

Aston Martin DB4

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Distinguished and sought-after model
- High-quality older restoration
- Original engine and substantial history file
- Significant improvements
- No reserve

Reference Number 668987

as of 10/7/2021

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Lot 28

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Overview
Car 1960 Aston Martin DB4
VIN DB4/373/R 
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Known History

Made famous by James Bond as much as by their performance on the road, Aston's DB models combined a refined English interior, the appeal of an original Italian design and a noble and lively engine. Developed from the six-cylinder Lagonda unit designed under the direction of W.O. Bentley, the engine was completely revised for the DB4 by the engineer Tadek Marek: he retained the twin overhead cams but abandoned the use of cast iron in favour of aluminium and increased its capacity to 3.7 litres. For the body, Aston Martin turned to the Carrozzeria Touring and adopted its "Superleggera" style of construction, with aluminium panels supported by a lightweight tubular structure. Developing 240bhp, this magnificent car could top 225kph. When it was launched in 1958, it was the subject of many flattering comments. After the DB2/4, which still had an air of motorsport about it, the DB4 set new standards as a grand tourer, at a time when its users were discovering the pleasures of travelling across continents. The DB4 would serve as the basis for the later DB5 and DB6, but also benefited from various improvements, while other versions, such as the DB4 GT, reserved for competition, were developed from it.

The DB4 presented here came off the production line on 26 August 1960 and was sent to Charles Sidney Ltd. on 15 September, for delivery to its first owner, a company in West Yorkshire. Intended for the home market, the British Motor Industry Heritage certificate (the equivalent of the factory build card), which is included in the car's file, indicates that it was a right-hand drive model. The certificate also notes that the DB4 was delivered with blue paintwork and a white leather interior and was equipped with chrome wheels and a heated rear screen. Now in left-hand drive and finished in British Racing Green with a tan leather interior and green carpets to match the bodywork, it is particularly attractive. Especially as it is in excellent condition, following a high-quality restoration carried out by Lecoq in 1996 and 1997, with some finishing touches added in 2002. All the work carried out is detailed in a file of bills and photographs. Subsequently, in 2011 and 2012, further work was undertaken to upgrade the car and make technical improvements to it. The fuel system, carburettors, cooling system, clutch, transmission and Coopercraft brakes were overhauled, while electronic ignition, air-conditioning and a Getrag 5-speed gearbox were installed. The 16-inch Borrani wire wheels, shod with Avon Turbospeed radial tyres, were replaced and safety belts fitted; the heat- and soundproofing was also improved. Once again, there are bills showing all these jobs, carried out by the Atelier des Coteaux. Although it has been little used in recent years, the car, which - according to its odometer - has covered scarcely 18,000km since it was fully restored, is even more pleasant to drive. The Webasto sunroof, properly installed prior to the restoration, adds to the experience. It is also an interesting example as it still has its original engine, while the original gearbox, replaced by a more modern unit, has been kept and will supplied to the buyer. The owner's and parts manuals (in English) are likewise on file and will be provided to the new owner, who will also receive a copy of the article that appeared in the magazine RÚtroviseur in 2016, looking back at Aston Martin's history and featuring the car. Skilfully modified and modernised without spoiling it, this superbly presented DB4 has everything it takes to make you succumb to the charm of the English make.