First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R
Lot 125
1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible
£900,000 - 1,100,000
US$ 1,200,000 - 1,500,000

Lot Details
First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow),1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R
First owned by Max Rayne (Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow)
1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.2-Litre Convertible
Registration no. 571 HYP
Chassis no. DB4C/1077/R
*One of only 70 DB4 convertibles made
*Restored by Bodylines, Spray-Tec, and R S Williams
*Four-speed automatic gearbox upgrade
*Tracker vehicle locator fitted

Footnotes

  • 'The Aston Martin DB4 was perhaps the finest compromise which the David Brown-owned company ever achieved between exceptionally high-quality, exceptionally high-performance, exceptionally lavish finishing and yet properly contained overall size and weight – a great British product, benefiting from the styling input of Touring of Milan...' – Motors, 1965.

    Classically proportioned and instantly recognisable from the moment of its introduction in 1958, the Touring-styled Aston Martin DB4 established a look that would survive, with only minor revisions, until 1970. 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'.

    Designed by Tadek Marek and already proven in racing, the DB4's new twin-cam six-cylinder engine displaced 3,670cc while the gearbox was a new David Brown four-speed all-synchromesh unit. An immensely strong platform-type chassis, designed by Harold Beach, replaced the preceding DB2/4's multi-tubular spaceframe, the latter being considered incompatible with Touring's Superleggera body construction. The DB2/4's trailing-link independent front suspension gave way to unequal-length wishbones while at the rear the DB4 sported a live axle located by a Watts linkage instead of its predecessor's Panhard rod. Boasting disc brakes all round and with 240bhp on tap, the DB4 was the first production car capable of accelerating from a standing start to 100mph and back to rest again in under 30 seconds. At a time when few family saloons were capable of exceeding 70mph and took an age to get there, this staggering performance made the DB4 just about the fastest thing on the road, easily the equal of its Italian rivals. The DB4 was available only as a closed sports saloon until September 1961 when the convertible version was unveiled at that year's Motor Show. Priced at £4,449, it was £250 more expensive than the saloon. Passenger space was little changed, though there was more headroom than the saloon could offer.

    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 cars had already undergone a number of improvements, including the fitting of heavy-duty bumpers after the first 50 had been made, before the 2nd 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, while the 3rd series featured separate rear lights, two bonnet stays and a host of improvements to the interior fittings.

    The 4th series was readily distinguishable by its new grille, with seven vertical bars, shallower bonnet intake and recessed rear lights, while the final (5th) series manufactured between September 1962 and June 1963 was built on a 3½" longer wheelbase (allowing for increased leg room and a larger boot) and gained 15" wheels, an electric radiator fan, and the DB4GT-type instrument panel. Including Vantage and convertible models, approximately 1,100 DB4s were produced between 1958 and 1963.


    Its accompanying copy guarantee form shows that this Aston Martin DB4 Convertible, 'DB4C/1077/R', was sold new in October 1962 via Brooklands to Max Rayne of Duke Street, London W1. Max Rayne (later Lord Rayne of Prince's Meadow) was a millionaire property developer who helped rebuild central London in the decade's following WW2, though is better remembered as a philanthropist and supporter of the arts. Three additional owners are listed: Mr L Marks of Ware, Hertfordshire; Michael Gardner of London SW20; and Nicholas Morris of London SW3 (changes undated). The car was delivered finished in Shadow Grey with black Connolly hide trim, and left the factory equipped with chrome wheels and twin Marchal fog/spot lights.

    There is then a gap in the Aston's history until January 1998 when it was acquired by previous owner Ronald Willson of London W14. Bills on file detail work undertaken by Bill Monk Classic Cars in Herefordshire during Mr Willson's ownership in the late 1990s, including converting the cylinder head for unleaded fuel, general maintenance, etc.

    The current, titled, owner acquired '571 HYP' in 2000 via marque specialists, R S Williams Ltd. The recorded mileage then was 58,258 and now is circa 64,850. Since then the DB4 has been treated to body-off, bare chassis restoration by Aston Martin specialists, Bodylines (photographs on file) which included refinishing in silver by that other 'best-in-the-business' marque specialist, Spray-Tec. At the same time, R S Williams overhauled the gearbox, rear axle, and braking system, and enlarged the engine to 4.2 litres capacity (dynamometer printout on file). Subsequently, RSW fitted five Borrani wheels (2001) and a Sony CD/radio and hands-free phone kit (2006).

    In 2008 RSW carried out a major service, which included stripping the manual gearbox, crack testing and rebuilding it using the latest specification synchromesh cones. The following year RSW installed a modern four-speed automatic transmission. (The original manual 'box and parts are included in the sale). There are bills on file relating to all the aforementioned works together with others for routine annual servicing by RSW. The car also comes with numerous expired MoTs, FIVA Identity Card 92001), V5C Registration Certificate, and MoT to September 2018.

    Combining Aston Martin's traditional virtues of style and performance with the joys of open-air motoring, the DB4 Convertible is most sought after and highly prized today. With the exception of the Zagato, the DB4 Convertible is the rarest Aston Martin road car of the David Brown era with a total of only 70 built, six fewer than the legendary DB4 GT.
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