1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L

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Lot 210* N
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon

£ 350,000 - 400,000
US$ 460,000 - 530,000
Amended
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. DB4/569/L
*Desirable Series II DB4
*Delivered new to Bahrain
*Formerly in the USA
*Previously registered in Germany

Footnotes

  • 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 under the supervision of 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 the 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 works DBR2 sports-racer.

    Left-hand drive chassis number '569/L' was purchased new by His Highness Sheikh Salman bin Doaij Al-Khalifa of Bahrain. According to the accompanying copy guarantee form, the DB4 was originally finished in Black Pearl with red Connolly interior trim. The car was registered in the UK as '969 AGF', presumably to facilitate its export. Servicing is recorded up to June 1963 (at 19,750 miles) and it is worth noting that in June 1961 the engine was modified to make it 'suitable for French petrol', so presumably the Aston was being used in that country at the time. Aston Martin Owners Club records show that the DB4 was owned by one W Van Keppel in the USA in 1979/1980.

    When inspected recently by Bonhams, this car's engine was found to run satisfactorily. The interior's patina of age suggests that it is original, while the paintwork and chrome are very good. The odometer currently displays a total of 65,809 miles; however, it is not known if this is the distance travelled from new. '569/L' has a German chassis plate, so must have been registered in that country at some time.

    Should the vehicle remain in the EU, local import taxes of 5% will be applied to the hammer price.

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1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/569/L
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