1962 Aston Martin DB4 Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/931/R Engine no. 370/925
Lot 578
1962 Aston Martin DB4 Saloon Chassis no. DB4/931/R Engine no. 370/925
Sold for £146,700 (US$ 249,212) inc. premium
Lot Details
1962 Aston Martin DB4 Saloon
Registration no. 1195 EZ
Chassis no. DB4/931/R
Engine no. 370/925

Footnotes

  • Launched at the London Motor Show in 1958, the Aston Martin DB4 emphatically demonstrated that a British manufacturer could better the Italians at their own game when it came to constructing the ultimate Gran Turismo. Classically proportioned and instantly recognisable from the moment of its introduction, the Touring-styled DB4 established a look that would survive, with only relatively minor revisions, until 1970. 'Following in the classic tradition of close-coupled sports saloons, the 3.7-litre DB4 Aston Martin carries orthodox modernity to its highest pitch. A luxurious two-seat saloon which can carry four adults when necessary, it recorded almost 140mph as a two-way mean speed over the measured mile. Yet we were able to record acceleration figures from 10mph in the same gear ratio,' reported The Motor magazine before concluding: 'Performance, controllability and comfort have been combined in the Aston Martin DB4 to make it a highly desirable car: one in which long journeys can be completed very quickly indeed with the minimum of risk or discomfort and the maximum of pleasure.'
    That the DB4 was able to manifest this rare combination of unrestrained high performance and civilised docility was down to its magnificent engine. A new design by Tadek Marek, the DB4's all-alloy, twin-overhead-camshaft six featured 'square' bore and stroke dimensions of 92mm for a displacement of 3,670cc and developed its maximum output of 240bhp at 5,500rpm. The David Brown gearbox was a new 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 Carrozzeria Touring's Superleggera body construction which employed its own lightweight tubular structure to support the aluminium-alloy body panels. 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.
    Manufactured between October 1958 and June 1963, the DB4 developed through no fewer than five series. The first had already undergone a number of improvements, including the fitting of heavy-duty bumpers after the first 50 cars, before the second series arrived in January 1960. A front-hinged bonnet, bigger brake calipers and an enlarged sump were the major changes made on the Series II, while the third series featured separate rear lights, two bonnet stays and a host of improvements to the interior fittings. Manufactured between September 1961 and October 1962, the fourth series was readily distinguishable by its new grille with seven vertical bars, shallower bonnet intake and recessed rear lights, while the final, fifth, series was built on a wheelbase lengthened by 3.5" to 15' (allowing for increased leg room and a larger boot) and gained 15"-diameter wheels, an electric radiator fan and the DB4GT-type instrument panel.
    One of 1,040 Aston Martin DB4s produced, '1195 EZ' was previously owned by a titled lady in Northern Ireland, whose journey to Vienna in the car is recounted in accompanying correspondence, and then by a local hospital consultant. During the latter's ownership the Aston was laid up on bricks in an orchard, remaining there for many years before being sold at auction following his death. Soon afterwards it was bought from its auction purchaser by respected marque specialist, Chris Shenton and treated to a full chassis-up restoration, a painstaking process that has taken the past four years to complete.
    The chassis has been fully restored from front to rear with all sections requiring renewal replaced, then finished to factory specification and fully Waxoyled. All suspension bushes have been renewed and the trailing arms and shock absorbers replaced, while the braking system is new throughout. Shod with correct Avon Turbospeed cross-ply tyres, the 16" wire wheels likewise are new.


    Fully restored and repainted in gunmetal silver metallic, the bodywork is in excellent condition, while the interior has been completely re-trimmed, boasting 'Bridge of Weir' leather upholstery, leather-bound black Wilton carpeting and new headlining in the correct original material. The restored dashboard boasts a full complement of overhauled instruments and switchgear, while the electrical system is completely new throughout and to original specification. All brightwork is either new or re-plated and all rubber seals are new. The window glass is likewise new throughout and the car boasts heated front and rear screens.
    The gearbox and rear axle have been fully rebuilt, the latter with a new crown wheel/pinion, shafts and bearings, while the clutch and propshaft are new. Fully stripped and rebuilt, the engine remains to 3.7-litre specification but benefits from a cylinder head converted to unleaded compatibility, gas-flowed and fitted with big valves and special camshafts. The engine has been polished and fully detailed to 'show' standard using all new parts as required. It registers regulation oil pressure and runs perfectly. The engine bay has been similarly restored to 'show' standard while lights, badges and fittings are all 'as new'.
    A full tool kit/roll and the original jack and handbook come with the car, which is offered with old-style logbook, fresh MoT, Swansea V5C and an interesting and most comprehensive history file containing a substantial quantity of expired MoTs supporting the recorded mileage. Presented in immaculate condition, '1195 EZ' is as close to a 'brand new' DB4 as you are likely to find.

Saleroom notices

  • There is some correspondence and invoices on file supporting the recorded mileage rather than the "substantial quantity of expired MoTs". These can be inspected at the document desk.
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