1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series 3 Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/634/R Engine no. 370/643

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Lot 323
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series 3 Saloon
Registration no. 7 JOJ Chassis no. DB4/634/R Engine no. 370/643

Sold for £ 106,000 (US$ 128,139) inc. premium
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series 3 Saloon
Registration no. 7 JOJ
Chassis no. DB4/634/R
Engine no. 370/643

Footnotes

  • Aston Martin’s DB4, in production from October 1958 to June 1963, was truly race bred and had an international pedigree, with engine design by the Polish Tadek Marek, coachwork design by Touring of Milan and all-British chassis design by Harold Beach. The 3,670cc engine of the new car had first appeared in 1956, a six cylinder, twin overhead camshaft, all alloy engine as raced in the Works DBR 2. The new DB 4 debuted at the 1958 London Motor Show, to widespread acclaim and, under test, had a top speed of around 140mph. It offered a mighty impressive 0-60mph time of just 9.3 seconds and wound up to 100mph in 20.1 seconds, stopping from that speed in a gravity-defying 10 seconds. In 1961 the DB4 was the most expensive yet Aston Martin model, selling, with Purchase Tax, at £4,172 – the price of a very good detached house.

    DB4/634/R comes from private ownership from a long-term Aston Martin enthusiast and keen active driver of the marque. During his four year or so ownership the car has been maintained at all times ready to undertake the longer distance high speed drive, servicing and maintenance being entrusted to Aston Workshop in County Durham. The recorded mileage of 15,529 miles records mileage since restoration approximately eleven years ago. Since that time major work carried out by Aston Workshop includes a fully unleaded conversion with totally rebuilt cylinder head, gearbox, suspension handling kit, new radial tyres and wheels. Its previous owner took the car to the famous Nurburgring Circuit and the safety harness included with the car suggests that this car lapped that circuit at speed.

    DB4/634/R is finished in Midnight Blue livery, sits on chrome wire wheels and the interior is furnished with delightfully mellowed grey leather upholstery, possibly the original, and grey carpets. It is to manual specification with overdrive and a six-stacker CD system is fitted, operating through the period radio. AMOC records show that this car was Best in Show at the 1987 Doune Classic Car Concours, carried off a similar award at The Culzean Castle Classic Vehicle Concours that year and at the 1988 AMOC Silverstone Concours achieved a creditable 3rd place in the highly competitive Newcomer’s Class. This well-presented DB4 comes with a Swansea V5C registration document, current road fund licence and a long MoT certificate.
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series 3 Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/634/R Engine no. 370/643
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series 3 Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/634/R Engine no. 370/643
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series 3 Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/634/R Engine no. 370/643
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