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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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  • Aston Martin DB4. Series 2.

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    A stunning DB4. Fully restored and ready to go. Richard Williams 4.2 Engine. Drives superbly. Matching Numbers. Original Colour. Original Registration Number. Just wonderful. Please Call.

    • Year: 1960
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  • ASTON MARTIN DB4 CONVERTIBLE

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    SOLD TO SWITZERLAND Brand Aston Martin Type DB 4 Convertible Color Grey Interior Red Year of build 1963 Price Sold 1963 ASTON MARTIN DB4 CONVERTIBLE This wonderful and very rare series 5 version DB 4 Convertible has been sold to Switzerland. Please contact us if you are interested in buying or selling a rare/unique automobile. MORE INFORMATION For more information or an appointment, please call Rutger Houtkamp+31625098150 or send an e-mail to Rutger@Houtkamp.nl . Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone during evenings or in the weekend. The Houtkamp Collection is centrally located near Amsterdam and only 10 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Please contact us directly or fill in the form to receive more information on this specific car Your Name (required) Your Email (required) Your phone number Subject Your Message The information provided on this website has been compiled by The Houtkamp Collection with the utmost care. The information contained within this advert is provided ‘as-is’, without warranties as to its accuracy whether expressed or implied and is intended for informational purposes only. The Houtkamp Collection is not liable for any errors or mistakes.

    • Year: 1963
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  • ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series 5

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    1 OF ONLY 17 ORIGINAL LEFT HAND DRIVE EXAMPLES. I f not sold before, t his car will be part of our selection for the Techno Classica Essen 2017, World Show for Classic & Prestige Automobiles Brand Aston Martin Type DB4 series V Color Shadow Grey Interior Black Year of build 1963 Price On Request This very rare Aston will be part of our selection for the Techno Classica Essen 2017, World Show for Classic & Prestige Automobiles Dear customers, colleagues, friends and enthusiasts… The Houtkamp Collection will be as every year at the Techno Classica Essen 2017. Our stand will be located in hall 6, stand number 213 where we will be pleased to welcome you with a selection of cars from our collection. If cars will be sold during the show they will be replaced by other cars from our collection. If you visit our stand and a specific car is not on display, please ask us as we can show you the car in our storage which is near the building. If you are planning to visit Techno Classica Essen, please note the following opening hours Wednesday, 5th April 2017: Happy View Day / Preview 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 6th April 2017 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 7th April 2017 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 8th

    • Year: 1963
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  • Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage

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    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 1963 DB4 Series V Vantage Coming soon this is a very rare Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage, being one of only three which were originally fitted with an automatic transmission. The DB4 was introduced in October 1958 and by the time it was discontinued in 1963 it had evolved considerably with five distinct series being recognised. The last of these, the Series V, closely resembled its successor, the DB5, with a 3.5 inch longer wheelbase, which allowed for increased leg room and boot space, and more cabin space provided by a higher roof line. It also featured 15 inch wheels, an electric radiator fan as standard and a DB4GT instrument panel. With only some 50 cars built in this final incarnation of the DB4, the Series V has always been a rare and highly desirable Aston Martin. The example offered here is an original UK RHD car delivered new in August 1963 to Mr H Seligman of Buckinghamshire and its rarity is enhanced by the fact that it is one of only three cars that were fitted with a Borg-Warner automatic transmission from new. Interestingly the original factory build sheet reveals several other non-standard features including a heated re

    • Year: 1963
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  • Aston Martin DB4 Series IV

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    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 Coming soon, a 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV saloon. Originally supplied to the UK in Off White with Terracotta trim. Original Factory options included, overdrive, chrome wire wheels and heated rear screen. The history file contains details of service records and previous keepers. Acquired by RS Williams in 2001 and restored in association with Bodylines and Shapecraft, the engine was upgraded to 4.2 Litre specification with triple carburettors etc. During restoration the DB4 was converted to LHD and finished in the current colour scheme of Black Pearl with Deep Burgundy hide. Additional information to follow upon the car’s arrival. Photos show a similar car. Please contact us for further details.

    • Year: 1962
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  • Aston Martin DB4 - Series II

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    Engine Size 3.7l Mileage 54,800 miles Previous Owners 2 Bodystyle Coupe Seats N/A Transmission Manual Exterior Colour Sea Green Interior Trim Black Launched in 1958, the all new Aston Martin DB4 received widespread global acclaim for its overall performance and style. The first Aston Martin to be fully manufactured at the Newport Pagnell factory, the DB4 included iconic styling by Touring, Superleggera construction as well as the all-new 3.7 straight six twin cam engine. During the five years of production, the DB4 evolved with subtle body changes before production ceased in 1963. The stunning Series II example we are delighted to offer, is one of just 349 built. The Series II featured many considerable mechanical improvements over earlier cars but retained a number of widely appreciated design features, such as the mesh grille, pronounced bonnet scoop, subtly arched rear wing profile and ‘cathedral’ rear light clusters. All features of the original design, which was lost on the later models. Built in June 1960, Chassis #355 was finished in Sea Green with Black Connolly hides and supplied to its first Cumbrian owner my Aston Martin agents, Mill Garages. By 1985 its then owner embar

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 54800 mi
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  • 163 - 1963 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk. I

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    The history of the Lotus Cortina began in 1961 after Colin Chapman decided he wanted to build his own engines for Lotus. The engine's first appearance was in 1962 at the Nürburgring in a Lotus 23 driven by Jim Clark. Immediately after and almost as soon as the engine appeared in the Lotus Elan, it was recalled and replaced with a larger capacity unit to get the car closer to the 1.6 litre capacity class in motorsport. Whilst the engine was being developed, Walter Hayes from Ford asked Colin Chapman if he would fit the engine to 1,000 Ford saloons for Group Two homologation cars. Chapman quickly accepted and the Type 28 or Lotus-Cortina was duly launched. Ford supplied the two-door Cortina body shells and took care of all the marketing and selling of the cars whilst Lotus did all the mechanical and cosmetic changes. The major changes involved installing the 1,558cc engine together with the same close-ratio gearbox as the Elan. Interior modifications were limited to a centre console designed to accommodate the new gear lever position, different seats and the later style dashboard featuring tachometer, speedometer, oil pressure, water temperature and fuel level gauges as well as a woo

    • Year: 2017
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  • 174 - 1963 Lancia Flavia Berlina

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    Launched at the Turin Motor Show in 1960, the Lancia Flavia Berlina was a medium sized executive motor car powered by Lancia's all aluminium 1.5 litre boxer engine. The svelte coupé was developed by Pininfarina shortly afterwards built upon a shortened platform. The hand-built cars constructed at Pininfarina's new factory were considered to be built to a much higher standard than the later massed-produced cars. Originally manufactured with the 1.5 litre engine, it was thought that this power unit was somewhat under-powered, so a 1.8 litre unit has been fitted. In recent years, works involved the cylinder head faces being resurfaced, re-cut valve seats and new valves and springs, resulting with the engine starting easily, performing well and displaying good oil pressure. The Dunlop braking system is the same as contemporary Jaguars and Jensen's, so spares are readily available. The brake calliper bores have been honed and fitted with new seals with the brake servo also having been rebuilt in recent years. The front suspension arms have been overhauled and a new clutch has also been fitted. To further aid cooling, an oil cooler was also added in 2013. Since this time the car has cont

    • Year: 2017
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  • 140 - 1963 Ford Consul Capri

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    The Capri was a two-door coupé version of the Ford Classic saloon made by Ford of Britain. The Ford Classic was a result of four years of development with approval for the project given in Autumn 1956. The styling of the car was the last project undertaken by Colin Neale before he left Dagenham for Dearborn. The initial design requirement was for the Ford Classic to be a full range model to take Ford into the new decade, Ford even developed a full-size estate prototype. The Capri Project was code named 'Sunbird' and took design elements from the Ford Thunderbird and the Ford Galaxie Sunliner. It was instigated by Sir Horace Denne, Ford's Sales Director, he wanted a 'co-respondent's' car to add glamour to the product line. In its September announcement, the Capri was for export only but went on sale to the domestic British market in January 1962. The bodies were sub-assembled by Pressed Steel Fisher with only final assembly taking place at Dagenham in Essex. It was intended as part of the Ford Classic range of cars but the body was complex and expensive to produce. The Ford Classic was made from 1961 to 1963, and replaced by the Cortina-derived Ford Corsair. Originally registered on

    • Year: 2017
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  • Aston Martin DB4 - Series II

    £495,000 £495,000

    Variant name:SPORTS COUPE , Launched in 1958, the all new Aston Martin DB4 received widespread global acclaim for its overall performance and style. The first Aston Martin to be fully manufactured at the Newport Pagnell factory, the DB4 included iconic styling by Touring, Superleggera construction as well as the all-new 3.7 straight six twin cam engine. During the five years of production, the DB4 evolved with subtle body changes before production ceased in 1963. The stunning Series II example we are delighted to offer, is one of just 349 built. The Series II featured many considerable mechanical improvements over earlier cars but retained a number of widely appreciated design features, such as the mesh grille, pronounced bonnet scoop, subtly arched rear wing profile and ‘cathedral’ rear light clusters. All features of the original design, which was lost on the later models. Built in June 1960, Chassis #355 was finished in Sea Green with Black Connolly hides and supplied to its first Cumbrian owner my Aston Martin agents, Mill Garages. By 1985 its then owner embarked a thorough restoration of the car, being returned to its former glory, at great expense, by highly skilled and recognised specialists. The cars condition as presented today is testament to the quality of works undertaken and subsequent ownership. Having covered just 20,000 miles since restoration, the car is in excellent condition throughout, having been serviced regularly and maintained by recognised Aston Martin specialists. The coachwork and Green paintwork, presents extremely well, with only minimal evidence of its limited road use and the interior retains its original quality black Connolly hides with only light patination. Supplied with its extensive history file, containing original build records, many invoices detailing its restoration in the 1980s and a full record of its comprehensive maintenance, up to today.

    • Year: 1960
    • Mileage: 54800 mi
    • Engine size: 3.7
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  • Aston Martin DB4 Series IV - £POA

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    Chassis Number: DB4/818/L Engine Number: 370/791 UK Registration Number: TBA Date of first reg: 29th November 1961 Exterior colour: Aegean Blue Hood: Interior colour: Black Leather Current Odometer reading: 71300 km Mileage Warranty: Steering: Left Transmission: Manual Options: Chrome Wire Wheels Background Background: When the single pale primrose DB4 was launched at the Paris Salon in October 1958, Marcel Blondeau, the French distributor for Aston Martin approached John Wyer on the stand with tears in his eyes “This is not a car, it is a folly, but I can sell as many as you can supply.” With a top speed of 140 mph, it was one of the fastest four seaters in the world and was on a par with the best of Italian Grand Turismos. Not wholly surprising, given the decision to have this distillation of years of Feltham ideas designed by Touring of Milan using their “Superleggera” system. The body consisted entirely of aluminium mounted on a trellis of small diameter steel tubes welded together. Body panels were attached to the trellis and clinched around angle plates which were welded to the members with graphite pads. Items like windscreen, rear window frames an angle sections for the doo

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  • 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT

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    Registration: TBA Chassis No: DB4GT/0158/R Engine No: 370/0145/GT Aston Martin were very aware that the benefits of their success on the race track were far greater than the costs of taking part and had a significant effect on sales and the public perception of the brand. The DB4, their new model for 1958, was a great success featuring the Tadek Marek all alloy engine and iconic coachwork by Touring, but the design team knew it was not really a high performance sports racer and were working on the ‘GT’ before the DB4 had entered production. To achieve the performance they were looking for the car needed to be lighter. This was principally achieved by shortening the wheelbase by 5 inches and making the body out of lightweight 18 gauge magnesium alloy as opposed to the weightier 16 gauge aluminium used for the DB4. Weight was shed wherever possible and accordingly the car had no rear seats, bumpers without over-riders and Borrani wheels. The weight saving was 185lbs and the car was also fitted with disc brakes all round, Perspex covers to the headlights and a large bonnet air-intake and another below the grill to service the oil cooler. The engine was uprated and notably fitted with

    • Year: 1961
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  • 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Recreation

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    Registration No: FAS 302 Chassis No: DB4/272/R Aston Martin had all but withdrawn from racing by 1960; they had won Le Mans and the Constructor’s Championship in 1959 and felt that they could rest on their laurels. However, it quickly dawned on them that the benefits of their success on the track were far greater than the costs of taking part and had a significant effect on sales. Accordingly, shortly after the launch of the DB4 GT it was decided to get back into racing. They found the competition had grown even more formidable and they needed a faster, lighter and more competitive car. Initially Aston Martin approached Touring to see if they could come up with a new design, but their preferred coachbuilder already had its hands full with its own high volume work. However they introduced Aston Martin to the local firm of Zagato, a smaller company that could produce the specialist work required and in small numbers. However, at Zagato the project was given to a 23 year junior designer fresh from University, Ercole Spada. Despite his inexperience and as he recalls that he spent no more than a week on the main design and much of that polishing what he had produced in just a few days,

    • Year: 1960
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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

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    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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