1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R

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1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II

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1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon
Registration no. JB 720
Chassis no. DB4/474/R
*Delivered new in the UK
*Owned by AMOC members for the last 19-or-so years
*Eligible for AMOC and a wide variety of other historic events

Footnotes

  • 'When the products which are raced bear such a close resemblance to those which can be bought by the public, as do those of Aston Martin, only the most biased can deny the value of racing in improving the breed. It should be no surprise (that the DB4) should be based on an engine which first appeared in experimental form in some of last year's races.' - The Autocar, 3rd October 1958

    At its launch in October 1958, the DB4 marked a major turning point for Aston Martin as it was the first car of the David Brown era which neither used a chassis derived from the experimental Atom of 1939 nor an engine designed by W O Bentley. Moreover, it was the first Aston Martin to carry Carrozzeria Touring's 'Superleggera' bodywork, in which light alloy panels were fixed to a framework of light-gauge steel tubes welded to a platform chassis. Although styled by Touring, the DB4's gorgeous fastback coachwork was built under license at Newport Pagnell by Aston Martin, which employed some of the finest panel beaters in the industry. The result was a car whose sleek lines were described as 'unmistakably Italian and yet... equally unmistakably Aston Martin.' The 3.7-litre, six-cylinder power unit was the work of Tadek Marek, and had first been seen at Le Mans the previous year in the DBR2.

    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 series had already undergone a number of improvements, including the fitting of heavy-duty bumpers after the first 50 cars, before the second series arrived in January 1960. A front-hinged bonnet, bigger brake callipers and an enlarged sump were the major changes made on the Series II, which, with its large bonnet scoop, early pattern grille and small tail lamps, is visually most pleasing and highly regarded. Including Vantage and convertible models, approximately 1,100 of these iconic 'Gentleman's Express' sports saloons were produced between 1958 and 1963.

    This 'Series II' DB4 was delivered new via the Brooklands dealership to its purchaser, one R A Parsons Esq of Stone Court, Worth, Sussex, though somewhat curiously the guarantee form also states 'property of J Bowthorpe'. Two further owners are listed: Samuel Williams & Sons Ltd of Dagenham Dock, Essex (from 5th February 1963), and Mr P Gamble of Shenfield, Essex (undated). Registered as 'JB 720', the car was originally finished in Pale Primrose with black Connolly leather interior trim, while the guarantee form (copy on file) lists servicing works up to April 1968 (at 27,021 miles).

    The DB4 previously belonged to the President of the Italian Section of the Aston Martin Owners Club, Massimo Meli, its owner for some 14 years, and was featured in the January 1999 edition of Ruote Classiche magazine (copy available). For the last five years the car has been owned by an AMOC member in the UK, and while in his care has been looked after by Stratton Motor Company. Described as in generally good condition, running very well, the car comes with the related service/maintenance bills, a V5C registration document, and current MoT. A very genuine and unmolested survivor, this beautiful DB4 is eligible for AMOC and a wide variety of other historic events.
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1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/474/R
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