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Aston Martin DB4: buying guide and review (1958-1963)

Aston Martin DB4: buying guide and review (1958-1963) Classic and Performance Car
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It’s a tragedy that the Aston Martin DB4 – as well as its DB5 and DB6 successors – have now become so valuable that generally the only people buying them are collectors who have no intention of using them. Beautiful, superb to drive and genuinely usable grand tourers in the classic mould, it’s easy to see why the DB4 is so highly revered.
 
Featuring an elegant Touring-designed coupé bodyshell, Superleggera construction and an all-alloy 3.7-litre twin-cam straight-six, the DB4 arrived in 1958, dragging Aston Martin into the modern age at the same time. After the ancient DB MkIII the DB4 was a revelation as it was agile, fast and more practical. The car would evolve to become the even more valuable DB5 and then the DB6, which is marginally more affordable. But only marginally...
 
Which one to buy?
 
It’s amazing how many barn-find projects still come onto the market – what’s even more incredible is how much money they tend to fetch. It seems that many buyers assume that values of these cars are now so high that they can always be restored economically but that’s not necessarily the case; a full rebuild will be hugely expensive so you might be doing well just to break even.
 
The regular DB4 is very valuable but the GTs, convertibles and Zagato-bodied cars are even more so (see prices). Which derivative you buy will possibly be dictated by your budget as well as what’s available, but assuming it’s the standard car – which is by far the most common of the various DB4 derivatives – you don’t have too many choices to make.
 
All of these cars came with a four-speed manual gearbox, but later on there was a Vantage engine option which is sought after so it fetches a premium. Colour schemes tend to be on the sober side and most cars have now been restored – some better than others. So the best piece of buying advice is to make sure that you’re getting what you think you’re getting as tarted up or poorly restored cars aren’t rare. If in doubt engage an expert to inspect any potential purchase for you – they’ll almost certainly spot things that you won’t and could save you a lot of money.
 
Performance and specs
 
Engine 3670cc, six-cylinder
Power 240bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 240lb ft @ 4250rpm
Top speed 141mph
0-60mph 8.5sec
Consumption 15mpg
Gearbox Four-speed manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2489mm
Length 4480mm
Width 1676mm
Height 1321mm
Kerb weight 1308kg
 
Common problems
 
• The DB4 uses Carrozzeria Touring’s Superleggera construction techniques. This consists of a stiff steel structure of welded, lightly pressed panels, topped by small-diameter steel tubes which are all welded together to form a stiff tub which is then clad in lightweight aluminium panels. Such a complicated construction combined with poor rustproofing when new means there’s plenty of potential for wallet-wilting repair bills.

• Start your checks with the sills, which can be hugely expensive to repair properly. Brittle aluminium panels are sometimes irretrievable so major panel replacement becomes the only option, along with a full repaint.

• The whole of the chassis needs careful inspection and look for electrolytic corrosion where the bumper tubes pass through the body. The doors are aluminium-skinned over a steel frame and rot from the bottom up. Also check the boot floor and on convertibles look for stress cracks in the bodyshell between the boot and the fuel filler flap.

• The engine doesn’t have any weaknesses as such, but it won’t take neglect and it wears out eventually. With any rebuild work fiendishly expensive you need to make sure none is needed, so look for blue exhaust smoke under acceleration. Expect oil pressure of at least 80psi at 3000rpm on a healthy engine when hot.

• Undertake the usual checks for failed head gaskets plus oil and water leaks, and make sure the anti-freeze concentration is correct, to stop the all-alloy engine from corroding internally.

• Look down the right-hand side of the engine block, where there are weep holes from the cylinder liners. Brace yourself for a complete overhaul if there’s any significant staining or leaks present.

• If the timing chain hasn’t been replaced within the last 75,000 miles it’ll need doing soon or it’ll snap, leading to bent valves. If properly maintained, a DB4 engine will notch up well over 100,000 miles between rebuilds with nothing more than routine maintenance.

• The four-speed manual David Brown gearbox is strong but eventually the layshaft bearings wear leading to chattering when idling in neutral. Also expect tired synchromesh eventually, but rebuilt transmissions are available and the costs aren’t ridiculous.

• If you’re planning to buy your DB4 to use it, it’s worth pinning down exactly which diff ratio is fitted as there were various ones offered. It’s worth having a higher ratio for more relaxed cruising.

• The suspension needs to be lubricated every 2500 miles or so if it’s not to wear. For many cars this represents several years’ use, which is why it’s often overlooked.

• These cars originally featured crossply tyres but most now sport radials. Anything over 185-section rubber will make the steering very heavy at manoeuvring speeds which is why power steering conversions are popular.

• The interior trim is straightforward, so overhauling everything won’t trouble a competent trimmer. It won’t be cheap, but compared with the value of the car it’s not a deal-breaker.
 
Model history
 
1958: The Aston Martin DB4 coupé is introduced.
1959: The DB4 GT arrives. It’s a two-seater that’s five inches shorter and features a twin-spark engine that produces a claimed 302bhp. With a kerb weight 80kg lighter than for the regular DB4, the GT can do 0-60mph in just 6.1 seconds and tops out at 152mph. Just 75 are built, along with 19 ultra-light Zagato-bodied cars.
1960: The bonnet is now front-hinged and the capacity of the sump is increased.
1961: Overdrive is now available as an optional extra, the thickness of the body panels is reduced and triple rear lights are adopted. The heater is improved, a Vantage engine option is introduced (with triple SU carburettors, bigger valves and a higher compression to give 266bhp) and a DB4 convertible is now offered; 70 are built.
1962: The length is increased by 3.5 inches to increase rear seat leg room. At the same time, 15-inch wheels are adopted, in place of the previous 16-inch items.
1963: The DB5 supersedes the DB4, after 1040 have been built.
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.amoc.org
• www.amocna.org
 
Summary and prices
 
The DB4 is perhaps one of the most desirable Aston Martins ever built, and that’s partly why values have been continually rising for many years. The cheapest model is the standard DB4 derivative, which today ranges from £300,000-£400,000 for a car in average condition. The absolutely top cars can cost up to £550,000. 
 
Convertible models are very rare, and values are significantly higher. Pay £600,000-£800,000 for an average car, with the very best pushing £1m. The short wheelbase GT models are in a different league, with average cars selling for £1.3m-£1.5m, although some will go for more than £2m. Zagatos range from £5m-£8m.
 
Words: Richard Dredge
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Last updated: 5th Jan 2016
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    1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV

    €425,000 - €500,000 est. (£378,930 - £445,800 est.) €425,000 - €500,000 est. (£378,930 - £445,800 est.)
    Place Vauban
    Auction Date: 08 Feb 2017
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  • Aston Martin DB4 - Series I

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    Engine Size 3.7l Previous Owners 7 Bodystyle Coupe Transmission Manual Exterior Colour Cardinal Grey Interior Trim Bordeaux Styled by the internationally acclaimed Italian design house ‘Carrozzeria Touring' of Milan, the DB4 was the first Aston Martin to be constructed using the design and construction methods developed by the Milanese and known as Superleggera, or translated, Superlight. An instant success after first being shown to the public in 1958, the DB4 was continually developed through 5 series, before production ceased at the end 1963 when, the immortal but larger and heavier, DB5 entered production. This Series I example, attractively finished in its original colours of Cardinal Grey with Bordeaux hides, is equipped with the signature frameless side windows and front opening bonnet, unique to the early cars and as originally penned and specified by Touring. Meticulously restored over several years and completed in 2014 the car has covered some 4,500 miles, since. All restoration works have been carried out by the most highly respected marque experts and Aston Martin Heritage specialists, to the highest standards. A matching numbers example fitted with its original 3.7 li

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 4500 mi
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  • Aston Martin DB4 Special Series

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    Engine Size 4.2l Previous Owners 7 Bodystyle Coupe Transmission Manual Exterior Colour Forest Green Interior Trim Black A superb and restored example DB4 Special Series with original overdrive 4-speed gearbox. A Series IV example, finished in Forest Green with Black hides. Produced before the introduction of the DB4 Vantage model, which was equipped with the closed headlamp coachwork, this elegant open headlight example can lay claim to being both rare and exhilarating to drive. Just 19 of this variant were produced. Chassis, body and engine restored and equipped with acknowledged upgrades, including lead free 4.2 litre engine specification, Harvey Bailey suspension, aluminium radiator and geared starter. A matching numbers example with an extensive history file containing, original build details and early service history at Aston Martin, accompanied by photographic details of the sympathetic restoration, carried out by ourselves between 2014 and 2015. With its period hide interior, this highly collectible and rare DB4 Special Series, retains its period charm whilst offering superb performance and first in class coachwork. Also available without the fron and rear bumpers fitted wit

    • Year: 2014
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  • Aston Martin DB4

    £399,995 £399,995

    This Series 2 DB4 retains all of its particular- to- series body features, including the early ‘Art Deco’ rear lights, grille and bonnet scoop. It’s all a matter of taste, but these fittings do make the early DB4s purer for many collectors than the later cars. The engine is the original ‘matching numbers’ unit, but the cylinder head has been considerably upgraded some years ago to unleash a notable amount of the extra power potential that these units have in reserve. This includes special camshafts and porting, and a triple SU carb set-up. Not only is the engine straining at the leash when blipped from idle, but the performance on the open road is far more satisfying than a standard DB4. This lovely example was delivered on 26th November 1960 for the use of Mr John Bowthorpe, bearing the distinctive registration plate JB 720. Originally finished in Pale Primrose with black Connolly hide, the car has subsequently received a high quality colour change to a very attractive shade of deep red. Following two further owners in the UK and warranty work recorded until 1968 it was later purchased by the President of the Italian Section of the Aston Martin Owners Club, Massimo Meli. During his ownership in 1999 the publication Ruote Classiche used the car as a cover car in a 10page article. In 2011 it was brought back to the UK and was able to once again maintain the original ‘James Bond’ registration initials as delivered back in 1960. This new owner used the car at UK AMOC events over the years and had Aston Specialists check the car annually, only travelling a few hundred miles each year. With only 1,110 DB4s manufactured across all 5 series and prices of DB4s going skywards, we are delighted to offer this most useable Series 2. With options to drive or improve, this great driving Aston certainly represents investment with prices of restored cars now in excess of £500k.

    • Year: 1960
    • Mileage: 6000 mi
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  • 329 - 1963 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ7

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    We are pleased to offer this delightful Austin Healey 3000 BJ7 built to represent the works Healey of 1964. Imported from the USA in 1990, EBW 195B has since undergone extensive restoration works over an 18 year period; works that still exude a quality today. In fact, it is rarely seen with such a motor car, that it displays a character and a patina often missed with the overly glitzy restorations often seen today. Thankfully, EBW 195B still retains the lefthand drive format it started life with. The British Motoring Heritage Trust Certificate states that this big Healey was manufactured between 27 th and 28 th June 1963 and was dispatched to the USA on the 22 nd July of that year. The certificate also confirms that the Healey was dispatched with wire wheels, overdrive, a heater, an adjustable steering column, tonneau cover, whitewall tyres and a laminated windscreen. The Guards red coachwork is in excellent order throughout with the standard continuing on the undersides. Of note are the panel gaps, a detail that is difficult to get right with restorations of motor cars of this construction. The front wings have the addition of the works style vents and what really sets this Healey

    • Year: 2016
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  • 278 - 1963 MG B Roadster

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    Conceived in the late 1950s and launched in 1962, the MGB would turn out to be one of the most successful sports cars of all time. Attractively styled, cheap to run and easily maintained by the home mechanic, the 'B' carried on MG's traditional role of providing affordable, sports car motoring for the ordinary enthusiast. The MGB was mechanically similar to the preceding MGA, though with heavier, unitary construction bodyshell. To compensate for the newcomer's increased weight the existing B-Series engine was stretched from 1,622 to 1,798cc, while the MGB's aerodynamically efficient lines made the most of the maximum available 95bhp to achieve a top speed which just bested the magic 'ton'. A 'right first time' design that changed little over the years apart from the adoption of a more robust five-main-bearing engine in 1965 (fitted from the start of GT production that autumn) a minor facelift for 1970 and the adoption of plastic bumpers (to comply with US legislation) for 1975, the 'B' enjoyed an 18-year production life and sales totalling in excess of 500,000 cars. Its popularity remaining undiminished today, the classic MGB is one of the easiest sports cars of its era to run and

    • Year: 2016
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  • 316 - 1963 Ford Cortina Mk.I 1500GT

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    The Cortina was Ford's mass-market compact car and sold extremely well. It was produced in five generations, the Mk. I through to the Mk. V although officially the last one was called the Cortina 80. With variants of the Cortina reaching sales of over one million, each successive model proved more popular than its predecessor. Such was its fame in the UK, that the BBC Two documentary seriesArenaonce devoted an entire programme to the car and its enthusiasts. In response to the huge success of the Mini, Ford responded not with a small car but with a larger family offering which they could sell in large numbers. The result was the Cortina; a distinctively styled car aimed at buyers of the Morris Oxford and Vauxhall Victor, launched on 20th September 1962. With eye-catching modern styling, it was originally branded as the Consul Cortina until a modest facelift in 1964, after which, it was sold simply as the Cortina but with four trim levels; Standard, Deluxe, Super and GT. This concours winning Cortina is astonishing for a number of reasons; she has only had two owners in her 53 years on the road, both of whom seem to have an obsession in how the car has to be looked after, secondly t

    • Year: 2016
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  • 313 - 1963 MG B Roadster

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    The MGB was launched in May 1962 to replace the MGA. Introduced as a four-cylinder roadster, a coupé with 2+2 seating was added in 1965. The MGB was a relatively modern design at the time of its introduction utilising a monocoque structure instead of the traditional 'body-on-frame' construction used on both the MGA and MGT types. The lightweight design reduced manufacturing costs while adding to overall vehicle strength. Wind-up windows were standard and a comfortable driver's compartment offered plenty of legroom. The MGB's performance was considered brisk at the time of its introduction, with a 0-60mph time of just over 11 seconds aided by the relatively light weight of the car. Handling was certainly one of the MGB's strong points. After purchase by the previous vendor in June 1985, this early MGB was fully restored and finally completed in 1992. Over the last 24 years, it has covered an average of 750 miles per year with receipts for over £32,000 spent in this period. A full photographic record exists with the comprehensive history fie as well as receipts and copies of every registration document ever issued to the car. An early pull-handle roadster is particularly interesting

    • Year: 2016
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  • 254 - 1963 Morris Mini Cooper S

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    Designed by Alex Issigonis in 1959, a new concept in car design was born. With a monocoque shell, transversely mounted engine and front wheel drive, the new 'Mini', as it was commonly known, soon became popular across a broad spectrum of the population. The potential for competition use was soon seen by John Cooper and although Alex Issigonis was less keen, BMC were finally persuaded by John Cooper and the two worked together in culminating the birth of the Austin Mini Cooper and the Morris Mini Cooper in 1961. The S had a 1071cc engine with a strengthened bottom end to allow for further tuning. Victories in the 1964, 1965 and 1967 Monte Carlo Rallies set the Mini on the road to fame but probably the greatest publicity was gained from their (somewhat unfair) disqualification for lighting irregularities in the 1966 event after coming in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. This Morris Mini Cooper was manufactured in 1963 but was not registered in the UK until 1965; the first owner, an army officer exported the car during his posting to Germany. This Mini started as a standard 850cc Mk. I but the previous owners, who purchased the Mini 40 years ago, converted the car to 997cc Cooper specification using

    • Year: 2016
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  • 257 - 1963 Alfa Romeo Guilia 1600 SS

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    The first prototype of the Giulietta SS was presented in 1957 at the Turin Motor Show. After two more prototypes were presented in car shows, the official presentation of the production version for the press was on the 24th June 1959 on the Monza race track. The bigger engined 1.6 litre Giulia series replaced the Giulietta and was introduced at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show. As Giulietta is the diminutive for Giulia in Italian, the new Giulia name was a wordplay hinting that the new car was a grown-up version of the Giulietta. In spite of a Giulia SS prototype, Alfa Romeo decided to retain the Giulietta-shaped SS in production. The 1,570cc engine made up to 200km/h (120mph) possible. The 1,570cc engine with Weber 40 DCOE2 carburettors was taken from Giulia Sprint Veloce and delivered 112 hp (84 kW) of power. Production ended in 1965, with a last single Sprint Speciale completed in 1966. Only 1,366 examples of the Giulia Sprint Speciale were built, this however is a particularly rare motor car as it is 1 of only 25 righthand drive examples produced. Delivered new to England, it still retains the original registration plate, first designated to the car on the 22nd January 1963. The acco

    • Year: 2016
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  • 269 - 1963 Sunbeam Alpine SIII Gran Tourismo GT 'The Tiger Eater'

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    This impressive Sunbeam Alpine Series 3 has lead an interesting and eclectic existence from road car specification, to race and now to fast road specification. A rare hard top GT with an even rarer soft top, this example was first restored in 1989 for classic racing and hill climbs to an extremely good standard and has been an ongoing labour of love ever since. Most recently, it was purchased from a former track racer, who in his seven years ownership race prepared this alpine, attended and raced at meetings across Europe with a degree of success. In order to be competitive, a race prepared 1725cc Coltec Engine with twin 40 Webers combined with a 4 speed Gearbox and 3/4 overdrive was prepared along with up rated suspension, brakes and steering. Since its purchase, the current vendor has returned the car to the road. Mechanically, the suspension brakes and steering have been checked and reset due to previous use on the track. The head has been re-skimmed and a new gasket set has been fitted, combined with new plugs suitable for the road, as originally hot running plugs were used. Finally, the tappets have been reset and the engine tuned. In the vendor's own words, "This Alpine goes

    • Year: 2016
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  • 270 - 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster

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    Introduced in 3.8 litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. While, inevitably, the car's stupendous straight-line performance and gorgeous looks grabbed the headlines, there was a lot more to the E-Type beneath the skin. The newcomer's design owed much to that of the racing D-Type and, indeed, the E-Type would be one of the last great sports cars developed directly from a successful competition ancestor. Just as in the D-Type, a monocoque tub formed the main body/chassis structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the same 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. With a claimed 265 horsepower on tap, the E-Type's performance did not disappoint; firstly, because it weighed around 500lb less than the XK150 and, secondly, because aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer used experience gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car. This exquisite Series I roadster was dispatched in June 1963 with the first owner a Mr. J. Field of Iowa with the subsequent owners

    • Year: 2016
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  • 186 - 1963 Studebaker Grand Turismo Hawk

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    After a masterful facelift by designer Brook Stevens, the new GT Hawks were received with great acclaim when they were introduced in 1962. In 1963, Studebaker made minor changes to the bodywork and trim to the GT Hawk but for the 63V-K6 model, they made the 240hp Avanti Jet Thrust R1 and the 289hp supercharged Jet Thrust R2 engines mated to the Power Shift automatic gearbox as an option. Other options taken from the Avanti were disc brakes, heavy duty suspension and 160mph speedometer. When Andy Granatelli took a fleet of Studebakers to Bonneville in 1962 and 1963, they broke over 337 national speed records with R series cars; in October 1963, Paula Murphy drove a prototype 1964 R3 GT Hawk to a top speed of 154mph. A total of 4,634 Hawks were built for the 1963 model year with the last one assembled in South Bend, Indiana on 20 th December 1963 with the rarest and most sought-after being the 1963 supercharged models. This 1963 Studebaker Grand Turismo Hawk left the factory fitted with the standard 289ci V8 engine. The car was prepared by the Thomas Brothers of Studebaker West in San Francisco. Finished in red with a black bucket seat interior, the car now has a 289ci, R2 performanc

    • Year: 2016
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  • 171 - 1963 Innocenti 1100 S Spider

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    Innocenti was an Italian machinery works originally established by Ferdinando Innocenti in 1920. After World War II, the company was famous for many years for Lambretta scooters and from 1961 to 1976, Innocenti built, under licence, the Mini with 998cc and 1,275cc engines. At the November 1960 Turin Motor Show, the 950 Spider was presented. Styled by Ghia and produced by OSI near Milan, the style was classical of the era with rear-wheel drive and aesthetically, with small rear fins; the formula of a small car with a small engine and small price tag would meet the demand of the Italian public. From 1963, the car was equipped with a new engine with increased capacity up to 1098cc, designated 'S' which also offered small aesthetic changes and the adoption of disc brakes. This fantastic little car is believed to be one of only two in the UK and one of only 2,000 made. It is the later 'S' model with the bigger engine, twin carburetors and disc brakes. This car was imported to the UK in 2015 from Rome and has had four owners; it is now registered in the UK with an MoT test certificate valid until February 2017. The owner believes it underwent a major mechanical rebuild in 2010 and has ha

    • Year: 2016
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  • Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage

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    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 Coming soon a very rare Aston Martin DB4 Series Five Vantage with the desirable Special Series engine. In September 1962 Aston Martin introduced the final version of the DB4, which was designated the DB4 Series V (Five) and featured a number of changes over previous versions including recessed three piece tail lights, a taller and longer body to provide more interior space and slightly smaller wheels, which kept the overall height the same. The front of most Series V cars had the same aerodynamic design with closed-in headlights as that already used on the DB4 GT, a style that was later carried over to the DB5. In total only 50 DB4 Series V saloons were built between 1962 and 1963 and of these only 16 were finished in RHD to Vantage specification, which included the desirable Special Series (or SS) engine featuring three HD8 SU carburetors and a revised cylinder head, which combined to give an increased power output of 266bhp. The car offered here is one of these very rare Series V DB4 Vantages, which was built in 1963 and originally owned by the famous Jazz musicians Johnny Dankworth and his wife Cleo Laine. By early 1974 the car had bee

    • Year: 1963
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  • DB4 Series IV

    £599,950 £599,950

    This Bespoke DB4 Series IV represents the ultimate in Aston Workshop restoration, resulting in not only one of the finest examples on the road today, but also one of the most powerful thanks to a significant engine upgrade. Aston workshop’s Enginology department has increased the standard engine capacity from 3.8 Litres to an astonishing 4.7 Litres, resulting in a much smoother performance. With power comes responsibility, and we have ensured the car is not only exceptionally quick but also safe and a pleasure to drive. In fact, Aston Workshop utilise the company’s expertise, ingenuity and unparalleled resources to create classic Aston Martins that are in many ways “Better than the day they left the factory” This is an exceptional, original & rare Aston Martin, complete with all original parts, It drives beautifully and we guarantee that you will never find this much ‘soul’ in any modern day GT. DB4s are becoming more and more sought after, and cars of this caliber are far and few between. Complete with a 12 month warranty and a 10 year engine guarantee, we recommend you contact a member of our sales team without delay to avoid disappointment: +44 (0)1207 233 525 Photographs Media

    • Year: 1962
    • Mileage: 599950 mi
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  • Aston Martin DB4 GT

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    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series 5 Vantage to GT specification One of the most desirable Aston Martins has to be the legendary DB4GT with its shortened chassis, thinner gauge aluminium body panels, enclosed headlights and uprated engine that featured twelve spark plugs, two distributors, three twin-choke carburettors and a modified cylinder head, which increased the compression ratio to 9:1 and raised the power output to over 300 bhp. With fantastic looks, breath-taking performance and only 75 cars built, prices for original examples have sky rocketed putting them out of reach for the vast majority of collectors. The car offered here is an original DB4 Series 5 Vantage that has been restored to exact GT specification by the foremost experts in the industry. The starting point for this project was located in the early 2000s and being an original closed headlight Series 5 Vantage was a very rare car in its own right and a close cousin of the DB4 GT. At this time the car was remarkably solid and unmolested but in need of a full restoration and, given its proximity in age and design to the original cars, the decision was made to restore it to a s

    • Year: 1963
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  • 1960 ASTON MARTIN DB4 SERIES I COUPE

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    --Peony Red with Grey leather interior and Grey carpeting, 4-speed David Brown gearbox, Factory original left hand drive, Matching numbers, Chrome wire wheels. The DB4 was unveiled in its purest form at the 1958 Paris Motor Show. It was a totally new car which was quite an achievement for a highly regarded but small British manufacturer. It was a new platform chassis, had disc brakes all round used completely new 3.7 liter straight six cylinder engine. Its body was styled by Touring of Milan and thus carrier its Superleggera all-aluminum body, a true masterpiece of British engineering with Italian style. The Series 1 example is considered by many to be the most beautiful of the DB4 range due to its Egg Crate Front Grille, Larger Front Bonnet Scoop and Straight Rear Cathedral Tail-lights all part of the original Touring of Milan design. This DB4 was delivered new via Aston Martin's United States West Coast importer Mr. Charles Hornburg to its first owner, Mr. Paul S. Pollack (Karl's Shoes Limited) of Los Angeles, California. Much of this DB4’s early history is remains unknown, circa 1990’s it was fully restored well-known and respected Aston Martin Vintage Racing technician, Mr. S.

    • Year: 1960
    • Mileage: 6000 mi
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  • Aston Martin DB4 Special Series

    £12,000,001 £12,000,001

    Variant name:SPORTS COUPE , A superb and restored example DB4 Special Series with original overdrive 4-speed gearbox. A Series IV example, finished in Forest Green with Black hides. Produced before the introduction of the DB4 Vantage model, which was equipped with the closed headlamp coachwork, this elegant open headlight example can lay claim to being both rare and exhilarating to drive. Just 19 of this variant were produced. Chassis, body and engine restored and equipped with acknowledged upgrades, including lead free 4.2 litre engine specification, Harvey Bailey suspension, aluminium radiator and geared starter. A matching numbers example with an extensive history file containing, original build details and early service history at Aston Martin, accompanied by photographic details of the sympathetic restoration, carried out by ourselves between 2014 and 2015. With its period hide interior, this highly collectible and rare DB4 Special Series, retains its period charm whilst offering superb performance and first in class coachwork. Also available without the fron and rear bumpers fitted with body coloured covers to fill the fitment holes. Introduced for the first time in 1962, the SS (Special Series) engine specification included a raised compression ratio cylinder head, larger diameter DB4 GT valves and triple carburettors lifting power output by some 10%. When combined with the optional overdrive to the gearbox, the sporting performance and touring ability of the Special Series equipped DB4, was substantially improved over the earlier models.

    • Year: 1962
    • Mileage: 6100 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
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  • Aston Martin DB4

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    Aston Martin DB4 Series II Coupé (1960 – November) Chassis No: DB4 /415/R One of only 349 produced The Aston Martin DB4, unveiled at the 1958 Paris Salon, was state-of-the-art for its time. A unique masterpiece of robust British engineering combined with exquisite Italian styling designed by Touring of Milan. The series II was launched in January 1960. The sleek body utilised Carrozzeria Touring’s famed Superleggera (super light) structure, a skeleton of small-diameter steel tubing covered by hand-formed aluminium body panels and all round glazed vision. This design enabled the DB4 to achieve a lightweight elegance that was particularly handsome on the DB4s shorter 98-inch wheelbase before the later DB models became larger and heavier. It used the powerful new aluminium twin overhead camshaft 3.7 litre straight-six engine that had just been developed for the DBR2 setting a new sports car lap record at Silverstone. Achieving 240bhp at 5500rpm as advertised, the DB4 with its all new lightweight body achieved speeds of 140mph. To world acclaim, the DB4 was officially tested ‘to accelerate from 0-100mph and decelerate from 100 mph to rest’ – in an incredible time of just 26.2 seconds. Whilst there were many minor modifications on the series II, many of these were under the skin. Maybe the only easy way so separates a Series I from a Series II is the adoption of opening rear quarter lights made with flat glass rather than curved. The DB4 has long been regarded by Aston enthusiasts as the purist example, with its exquisite proportions and nimble handling. Of all its five incarnations, the Series II, combining ‘cathedral’ rear lights, ‘egg crate’ front grille and deep bonnet scoop, with the successful resolution of the issues such as oil cooling, experienced on the earlier cars, is the most sought after model of the range. According to its accompanying Aston Martin Ltd (AML) Build Sheet and Service Records, this particular Series II example – chassis number DB4/415/R – was supplied new via Raymond Mays to Rowland Hunt Esq. of Aswardby Hall, Spilsby on November 11th 1960. Acquired by watchmaker Bentima Co Ltd of 168 Old St, EC1 the following April. a copy continuation logbook on file shows that ownership later transferred to James Mario Elliot of Carlisle Place, SW1, Brenda Diane Making, Anthony Elliott and C. Benge (interestingly, the latter three all quoted 28 Carlingford Road, Morden, Surrey as their address). The same document also reveals that the DB4 was upgraded with a later series powerplant during the 1960s (engine number 370/894 supplanting 370/487). Early DB4 engines were prone to failure hence the reason that Aston Martin added an oil cooler to its specification as the model evolved. Part of a private European collection from the late 1980s through till 2014 when it entered its current custodianship. Chassis DB4/415/R has since been substantially improved. Treated to a ‘top-end’ engine overhaul including replacement big valve cylinder head by Motronic Automotive Services of Iver at a cost of some £9,411.47, the four-seater was subsequently dispatched to marque specialist Chicane Classics for over £30,000 worth of attention to its steering, brakes, front / rear suspension, exhaust and tyres etc. Cosmetically enhanced via a respray in the correct period colour option of Californian Sage Metallic. Trimmed in Black leather as per its build specification and reunited with its original registration number ‘SCT 415’, this rare Aston Martin DB4 Series II is offered for sale with its copy build record, copy continuation logbook and the aforementioned restoration invoices. Without doubt a unique opportunity to acquire a rare and highly sought after Aston Martin presented in near concours condition and with superb provenance. This DB4 has been painstakingly and sympathetically restored over a period of time and must now be one of the finest examples of its type to come to market in recent times and is offered for sale by Hexagon Classics as sole owner and not a brokerage offer. Available for immediate inspection at our South Kensington Showrooms

    • Year: 1960
    • Engine size: 3.7
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  • Aston Martin DB4 - Series I

    £645,000 £645,000

    Variant name:SPORTS COUPE , Styled by the internationally acclaimed Italian design house ‘Carrozzeria Touring' of Milan, the DB4 was the first Aston Martin to be constructed using the design and construction methods developed by the Milanese and known as Superleggera, or translated, Superlight. An instant success after first being shown to the public in 1958, the DB4 was continually developed through 5 series, before production ceased at the end 1963 when, the immortal but larger and heavier, DB5 entered production. This Series I example, attractively finished in its original colours of Cardinal Grey with Bordeaux hides, is equipped with the signature frameless side windows and front opening bonnet, unique to the early cars and as originally penned and specified by Touring. Meticulously restored over several years and completed in 2014 the car has covered some 4,500 miles, since. All restoration works have been carried out by the most highly respected marque experts and Aston Martin Heritage specialists, to the highest standards. A matching numbers example fitted with its original 3.7 litre engine, rebuilt with new ‘fast road’ specification, internal components. We are delighted to be offering this exceptional and attractive DB4, in its earliest and purest form. Simply one of the very best and authentically restored. A substantial and detailed history file accompanies the car, including restoration photographs, invoices, factory build records and previous MOT certificates.

    • Year: 1960
    • Engine size: 3.7
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  • Aston Martin DB4

    £495,000 £495,000

    Variant: Series II We are delighted to offer this beautiful Aston Martin DB4, immaculately finished in RSW Green with Tan full leather interior. The car was originally supplied by OKE Bros Ltd of Kingsbridge, Devon to Mrs Mary Crook in February 1961. The car then passed to Mr Charles N Hill of Sidmouth in April 1965. The third owner was Mr Colin Bond, who purchased the car in November 1966 and he registered it to his company Thompson Bros Ltd of Bridgewater in Somerset. The mileage at this time was 28,700 miles and Mr Bond managed to drive the car for a little over 6 years until poor health caused him to put the car into storage for almost 10 years. In 1981 the car was fully serviced and made ready for the road again, now showing 57,213 miles however, she only travelled a further 55 miles that year before being placed back into storage. In 1982 the car passed onto Mr Colin Bond's son and it remained in storage until February 1998, when it was then sold to its last keeper, who by chance had actually known the car and its previous owner since 1966. From 1999 until 2002 the car had been subject to a detailed restoration. The full bodywork restoration was carried out by Bodylines Specialist Panel Beaters and Spray Tec Restorations Ltd, with Motorman Engineering tackling the full detailing restoration. The engine was rebuilt to a 4.2 litre unleaded specification, complete with vantage cams. The original SU Carburettors were retained in order to maintain the original standard look. Other works which had been carried out include a full flow oil cooler and electric radiator fan, which have been hidden from view. The suspension has been uprated with new springs, a thicker anti roll bar and Koni shock absorbers to the front. A high ratio back axle with Powerlock limited slip differential has also been fitted. The front brakes have been uprated and new Borrani wire wheels fitted, complete with spinners (an original option from new). The entire restoration has kept originality coupled with practicality at the forefront of its mind. Any upgrades to the original specification have simply been to improve the comfort and drivability of the car, without altering the iconic features and stunning characteristics. In 2004, thanks to the absolutely superb restoration, this car won 1st place in the Elite Class at the Aston Martin Owners Club Concours, held at Woburn Abbey.

    • Year: 1961
    • Mileage: 59700 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
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  • ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series 2 Restoration Project

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    This particular DB4 is on the market for the first time in in nearly 40 years, with the previous owner, Mr D Banton, having bought the car in December of 1976 and is currently undergoing a complete restoration with ourselves. DB4/449/R was first registered on the 17th November 1960 where it was sold to a Mrs N Cotton of Bournemouth, then sold to a Mr S Dicks of London in 1965, whereupon it was sold to Mr Richard Butt of Grays who subsequently sold it to his brother, a Mr (Roger) Butt who kept the car until 1976. Mr D Banton used the car regaularly in and around London and perhaps more fitting for a car of this style, slightly further afield with trips across Europe to the French Alps for skiing holidays. In 1983 Mr D Banton sent the car for a full bare metal respray, keeping the original colour of Dubonnet Red. Other work includes receipts in the history file dating back to 1976 with hand written invoices from Ian Moss, Aston Martin specialists. Further maintenance was carried out in the late 70's with bills from Aston Martin and Aston specialist Hyde Vale and later in 1996 with Ian Moss once again. Also in the history file is a copy of the buff log book, handbook and a copy of the

    • Year: 1959
    • Mileage: 18874 mi
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  • 1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 SERIES IV COUPE

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    --Fiesta Red with Fawn leather interior and Tan carpeting, 55,000 miles from new, Older Restored, Left hand drive, 4-speed David Brown gearbox Rare factory overdrive, Chrome wire wheels. This Series 4 DB4 was originally ordered for the United States market and delivered to its first registered owner, Mr. K. Venturi, Hillsborough, California. Much of its early history is unknown. It is however in the AMOC Registry as having been in the USA until 1992 when it was sold and exported to Germany. While in Germany it was treated to a sympathetic cosmetic restoration as well as a mechanical overhaul. It was then enjoyed for several years in its German ownership prior to being sold to a Japanese collector in 1996. Since being owned and housed in Japan, this DB4 has taken part in several events with the Japanese region of the Aston Martin Owners Club. It has been serviced by well-known Japanese Aston Martin restoration experts to ensure it remains in absolutely exceptional condition throughout. Most recently, this DB4 enjoyed several vintage road rallys having taken place in the Rally Nippon in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 where it performed flawlessly and along side a rare DB4 Series V Vantage

    • Year: 1992
    • Mileage: 55000 mi
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