1961 Aston Martin DB4 Saloon , Chassis no. DB4/604/L
Lot 224
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 3' Sports Saloon, Chassis no. DB4/604/L Engine no. 370/613
Sold for £158,300 (US$ 266,073) inc. premium
Lot Details
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 3' Sports Saloon

Registration no. Not Uk registered
Chassis no. DB4/604/L
Engine no. 370/613


  • 'Following in the classic tradition of close-coupled sports saloons, the 3.7-litre DB4 Aston Martin carries orthodox modernity to its highest levels. A luxurious two-seat salon which car carry four adults when necessary, it recorded almost 140mph as a two-way mean sped over the measured mile, yet we were able to record acceleration figures from 10mph in the same gear ratio.' - The Motor, 14th September 1960.

    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 while the 3rd series featured separate rear lights, two bonnet stays and a host of improvements to the interior fittings.

    Left-hand drive chassis number '604/L' was retailed in April 1961 via Aston Martin's then agent in France, Patthey and first owned by Eugene Schuelly of Granges-Paccot, Switzerland. The accompanying (copy) build sheet reveals that the car was originally finished in Dubonnet with fawn Connolly interior trim. Chrome road wheels, a heated rear light (screen), an oil cooler and overdrive are the items of non-standard equipment listed. The build sheet lists two subsequent owners: Franz Hollinger of Munich, West Germany in 1989 and Peter Glas (address unclear) in 1993. Unfortunately, little else is known of the subsequent history of this DB4, which has never been returned to the factory for servicing. The Aston returned to the UK circa 2000 and is listed in the AMOC Register (published 2000) as belonging to one L Marks with the UK registration 'HSL 167'. The current vendor bought the car from Aston Workshop of Beamish, County Durham.

    Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, '604/L' is largely complete and retains a number of original components, including the overdrive. The engine is stamped with the correct number and appears original, while there are some patched repairs visible to the chassis. The car has been thickly repainted in bright red and the interior re-trimmed to match but it has not been fully restored. It should be noted that the brakes are seized and that the electrical system is in a very poor state of repair.
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