In the present family ownership since 1972 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Sports Saloon Registration no. 6771 KC Chassis no. DB4/925/R Engine no. 370/922
DB4 chassis number '920/R' was first registered on 16th April 1962 by J Blake & Co, 110 Bold Street, Liverpool and on the 26th of that month was sold to Dr A R D Adams living at 18 Menlove Gardens, South Liverpool. Dr Adams moved to Leicestershire in 1969 and in April 1972 the Aston was sold to Geoffrey Smith, who passed on to his son, the current vendor, in 1979. Dr Adams was the Principal of the School of Tropical Medicine in Liverpool. Always addressed as 'Dr Adams', he spent many years in Africa and was a keen shot, accumulating many trophies. He owned several Aston Martins, both pre- and post-war models. At around 25,000 miles he knocked a hole in the DB4's sump (while attending a shoot). Blake's stripped the engine, which was found to be OK, fitted new big-end shells as a precaution and replaced the damaged sump. In 1965 Dr Adams crumpled the O/S front wing and panel, which were replaced by Aston Martin, and in 1969 did the same to the N/S front wing. The factory replaced that too, finding no structural damage. Invoices on file kept by Dr Adams include those issued by Blake & Co, George Boyle (Sports Cars) of Ellesmere Port, Aston Martin Lagonda and George Lazenby Garage, Leicester. Geoffrey Smith owned the village shop and newsagents in the village where Dr Adams lived. He was a good friend of the doctor and they shared a love of fly-fishing. Geoffrey Smith used '6771 KC' for summer weekends only - he simply liked owning it and looking after it. In 1973 the DB4 came second in the AMOC concours held at the soon to be reopened Donington circuit. The vendor recalls his father buying a set of second-hand chromed wire wheels and having them rebuilt using plain spokes. The father and son duo also removed the cylinder head, had it bead blasted and refitted, and had the exhaust manifolds shot blasted and metal sprayed with zinc. The vendor spent a long time scraping underseal from the floor pan and repainting with red oxide and aluminium paint. He also repainted the rear wings. After '6771 KC' passed from father to son the Aston got even less use, the last trip being a holiday in the Cotswolds. From then onwards house purchases and the demands of family life took priority. The car was last MoT'd in 1981 and will require re-commissioning, at the very least, before returning to the road. We are advised that the engine has remained free and that it was got running briefly earlier this year using a jury-rigged fuel supply. Dry stored while in the vendor's (and his father's) care, '6771 KC' comes complete with all its tools; indeed, the tool roll even contains the Dunlop tin with the rubber bleed tube inside. Other parts included in the sale are a second-hand distributor and HT lead tube; a new SU double-ended fuel pump; a new Lucas sports coil; a Lockheed servo repair kit and servo oil; Girling (Dunlop) brake calliper seals; two original wheels and spinners; and the holed sump, now repaired. Finished in Californian Sage with oatmeal leather interior, the car is offered with old-style buff logbook, DB4 handbook, DB4 and GT workshop manual, numerous AMOC magazines and Swansea V5 registration document.