Left hand drive 1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon Chassis no. DB4/290/L Engine no. 370/309
'The Aston Martin DB4 was perhaps the finest compromise which the David Brown-owned company ever achieved between exceptionally high-quality, exceptionally high-performance, exceptionally lavish finishing and yet properly contained overall size and weight a great British product, benefiting from the styling input of Touring of Milan...' Motors, 1965.
Manufactured between October 1958 and June 1963, the DB4 developed through no fewer than five series. However, it should be made clear that the cars were not thus designated by the factory, this nomenclature having been suggested subsequently by the Aston Martin Owners Club to aid identification as the model evolved. The first cars had already undergone a number of improvements, including the fitting of heavy-duty bumpers after the first 50 had been made, before the 2nd series arrived in January 1960. A front-hinged bonnet, bigger brake callipers and an enlarged sump were the major changes made on the Series 2.
Left-hand drive chassis number '290/L' was retailed in May 1960 via Aston Martin's then agent in the USA, Inskip and first owned by a Mr William E Snee of Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania. The accompanying (copy) build sheet reveals that the car was originally finished in Satin Bronze with off-white Connolly interior trim. Chrome road wheels, a Motorola radio and a day/night interior mirror are the items of non-standard equipment listed. The build sheet lists only one subsequent owner: Philippe Laucksweet of Brussels, Belgium (2006). Unfortunately, nothing else is known of the subsequent history of this DB4, which has never been returned to the factory for servicing and is not listed in the AMOC Register. The current owner purchased the Aston from Classics Gallery SA of Brussels in March 2007.
Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, '290/L' is largely complete and retains a number of original features. The engine is stamped with the correct number and appears original, while the chassis seems not to have suffered any significant accident damage. The car has been repainted, probably some time ago, in dark red while the original interior is in very poor condition. It should be noted that the engine is seized. This vehicle is offered as a part completed project.