1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L

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Lot 214* N
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon
Registration no. not UK registered Chassis no. DB4/566/L

£ 550,000 - 600,000
US$ 710,000 - 770,000
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. DB4/566/L
*Delivered new to the USA
*Left-hand drive
*Lost to the AMOC for many years
*Offered for restoration

Footnotes

  • '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 speed over the measured mile, yet we were able to record acceleration figures from 10mph in the same gear ratio.' - The Motor, 14th September 1960.

    Classically proportioned and instantly recognisable from the moment of its introduction in 1958, the Touring-styled DB4 established a look that would survive, with only minor revisions, until 1970. A new design by Tadek Marek, the DB4's all-alloy, twin-overhead-camshaft six-cylinder engine featured 'square' bore and stroke dimensions of 92mm 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 ifs gave way to unequal-length wishbones while at the rear the DB4 sported a well-located live axle equipped with Watts linkage location instead of its predecessor's Panhard rod. The DB4's peerless credentials as a Grand Routiérè were 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.'

    A precious 'lost' car found only recently, this ex-USA DB4 had been unknown to the Aston Martin Owners Club and Aston Martin Heritage Trust for several decades. A 'Series 2' model, chassis number '566/L' was completed in left-hand drive configuration and delivered new via the US importer J S Inskip to its first owner, one Frederick Willcox of Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, Connecticut. The accompanying copy guarantee form states that the car was originally finished in Desert White with black Connolly trim, and lists fully chromed road wheels, a heated rear screen, and a driver's side wing mirror as items of non-standard equipment fitted. Other noteworthy features included a Powr Lok limited-slip differential and a Motorola radio.
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1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/566/L
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