1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R
Lot 241N
1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon
Sold for £ 326,300 (US$ 430,908) inc. premium

Lot Details
1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/147/R
1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 1' Sports Saloon
Registration no. see text
Chassis no. DB4/147/R
*The 47th DB4 made
*Present ownership since 1976
*Restored in 2014/2015

Footnotes

  • 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 2.

    Chassis number '147/R' is the 47th DB4 produced. Its accompanying copy guarantee form states that the original purchaser was one J A Ogilvy Esq of Birstall, West Yorkshire, and lists the original colour scheme as grey with red Connolly hide interior trim. The guarantee form notes that the body was replaced in April 1960 following an accident. By this time the DB4 was being produced in 'Series 2' specification, hence the later body on this 'Series 1' car.

    Only two additional owners are listed on the form: one D Munson and the current vendor, who acquired the car in 1976 and shipped it to his home in Toronto, Canada. In very good condition at that time, the Aston was driven very little in Canada, perhaps a couple of dozen times over the next dozen years and not at all in the past 29 years. It then remained garaged in Toronto until several years ago. Though the engine remained sound, there was some deterioration of the body's few non-aluminium parts, and of the interior upholstery.

    In late 2014, the vendor decided to have the DB4 completely restored and shipped it to South Africa to have the work done by two craftsmen who had previously restored several Aston Martins. The restoration bills are on file and there is also a DVD available recording the entire rebuild process. Except for a few kilometres of test driving, the car has not been used since the restoration was completed in 2015.

    Since its return to the UK in December 2015, the Aston has benefited from the expert attention of marque specialists, Chris Shenton Engineering, who have brought the car as close as possible to correct factory specification and carried out various other works at a cost of circa £20-30,000. An MoT certificate has been obtained and it is hoped that the car will have been UK registered by time of sale.
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