1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Sports Saloon Registration no. 990 SPE Chassis no. DB4/513/R Engine no. 370/527
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 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. 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 Touring's Superleggera body construction that employed its own lightweight tubular structure to support the aluminium-alloy body panels. The DB2/4's trailing-link independent front suspension 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. The DB4's peerless credentials as a Grand Routier were summed up thus by The Motor: '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.' 'DB4/513/R' was manufactured in 1960 and delivered new on 2nd January 1961 to Brooklands (Langley). Its first owner was a Mr F D Dent of London NW10, who is recorded in the AMOC Register as having competed with his DB4 at the Eastern Counties MC Felixstowe Rally, finishing 3rd, and the London MC's high-speed trial at Snetterton, on both occasions in 1961. Accompanying copy build sheets record that the car was finished in Deep Carriage Green and delivered with chromed road wheels, oil cooler, heated rear light (window) and a Bray block heater. A Motorola radio was fitted in 1963. One A Upton is listed as the next owner and the car also comes with a DVLA listing of subsequent owners. The Aston was in 'barn find' condition when the current vendor discovered it some 14 years ago and has not been touched since then. It had been stripped down ready for rebuilding, some parts already having been refurbished or replaced, and is believed to have been off the road for approximately 20 years. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, the car comes with the aforementioned documentation and Swansea V5C document. An exciting and potentially most rewarding project for the dedicated Aston Martin enthusiast.