1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible DB4C/1102/R
Lot 132
1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible DB4C/1102/R
Sold for £166,500 (US$ 279,568) inc. premium
Lot Details
1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible
Registration no. 150 HYV
Chassis no. DB4C/1102/R
Engine no. 370/1106


  • Classically proportioned and instantly recognisable from the moment of its introduction in 1958, the Touring-styled DB4 established a look that would survive, with only minor revisions, until 1970. The DB4's new twin-cam six-cylinder engine displaced 3,670cc, and developed its maximum power of 240bhp at 5,500rpm, while the gearbox was a new David Brown four-speed all-synchromesh unit. An immensely strong platform-type chassis replaced the DB2/4's multi-tubular spaceframe, the latter being considered incompatible with Touring's Superleggera body construction. The DB2/4's trailing-link ifs gave way to unequal-length wishbones, while at the rear the DB4 sported a live axle located by a Watts linkage instead of its predecessor's Panhard rod.
    One of just 70 DB4 Convertibles built, 150 HYV passed to the previous owner in February 1988, when the recorded mileage stood at 55,000, and was sold to the vendor at Brooks’ Sale at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 17/18th June 1999. While in the immediately preceding ownership the car underwent a major programme of restoration and sensible improvement, commencing with an engine rebuild, chassis overhaul and brightwork re-plating (1988) followed by bodywork restoration and repaint (1989). The following year specialist preparation by Goldsmith & Young Limited saw the suspension up-rated, a handling kit fitted and the brakes upgraded to dual-circuit DB4GT specification. The upholstery was refurbished using the original leather, and new Wilton carpets fitted. In 1991 a limited-slip differential was installed. (It should be noted that some of the modifications made, such as the intermediate-gears overdrive and the oil cooler have since been removed). Post upgrading, the car enjoyed summer leisure use only, successfully participating in the Pirelli Marathon in 1990 and 1991, and featuring in Classic Cars magazine more than once. (A copy of the June 1999 edition featuring the car on the front cover comes with it).
    While in the present ownership ‘150 HYV’ has undergone further extensive refurbishment (costing circa £50-55,000) at Aston Martin specialists Chris Shenton Engineering, including a ‘bare-metal’ bodywork restoration - new sills, lower alloy panels, windscreen, seals, etc - and repaint in Champagne Silver. The engine and gearbox were removed, the former being inspected internally and found to be in very good condition. A new clutch, fuel pumps and stainless-steel exhaust system have been fitted, together with new bumpers and re-plated brightwork. The engine bay has been fully detailed to ‘show’ standard and the interior re-trimmed with new red leather and new black Wilton carpeting throughout. Kept in the South of France by its owner and driven only sparingly, this car – we are advised – will be presented in ‘concours’ condition at time of sale. It is offered with restoration invoices, current MoT certificate and Swansea V5.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this vehicle is not supplied with a full V5 log book but it will be possible to obtain one after the sale from the DVLA in Swansea.