1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series 1 Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/209/R Engine no. 370/228

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Lot 644
1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series 1 Saloon
Registration no. KGF 411A Chassis no. DB4/209/R Engine no. 370/228

Sold for £ 67,276 (US$ 82,298) inc. premium
1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series 1 Saloon
Registration no. KGF 411A
Chassis no. DB4/209/R
Engine no. 370/228

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 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/stroke dimensions of 92x92mm 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 which 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’s live axle was located by means of trailing links and a transverse Watts linkage instead of its predecessor’s Panhard rod.
    The DB4’s peerless credentials as a Grand Routier were succinctly 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.”
    One of the finest of its type we have been privileged to offer, this magnificent DB4 benefits from a number of highly desirable upgrades including the enlargement of its engine to 4.2 litres by recognised specialists Newlands Motors. Undertaken in 2002/2003, the engine rebuild also included installation of high-lift camshafts, while the gearbox was overhauled at the same time. Other sensible mechanical upgrades include negative-earth electrics, aluminium radiator, Kenlowe electric fans, power-assisted steering and a Harvey Bailey handling kit.
    Finished most appropriately in Aston Martin Racing Green with beige leather interior, the car is offered with invoices for the work carried out, current road fund licence/MoT certificate and Swansea V5 registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • We are advised by the vendor that the brakes on this DB4 have been uprated to DB5 specification.
1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series 1 Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/209/R Engine no. 370/228
1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series 1 Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/209/R Engine no. 370/228
1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series 1 Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/209/R Engine no. 370/228
1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series 1 Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/209/R Engine no. 370/228
1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series 1 Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/209/R Engine no. 370/228
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