1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/903/R

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Lot 82*
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Sports Saloon
Registration no. not UK registered Chassis no. DB4/903/R

Sold for £ 201,250 (US$ 276,736) inc. premium
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Sports Saloon
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. DB4/903/R
*Iconic first-of-the-line model
*Delivered new in the UK
*Restored by the Key Collection

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 calipers and an enlarged sump were the major changes made on the Series II, while the third series featured separate rear lights, two bonnet stays and a host of improvements to the interior fittings. Manufactured between September 1961 and October 1962, the fourth series was readily distinguishable by its shallower bonnet intake, recessed rear lights, and new grille with seven vertical bars. The final, fifth, series was built on a 3.5" longer wheelbase (allowing for increased legroom and a larger boot) and gained 15" wheels, an electric radiator fan and the DB4GT-type instrument panel.

    The accompanying copy order form records that '903/R' was delivered to K N Rudd (Engineers) Ltd of Worthing, Sussex for use as a demonstrator. The car was originally finished in California Sage with fawn Connolly leather interior trim, and left the factory equipped with overdrive transmission. The last service entry is dated June 1967 at 50,782 miles. According to the AMOC Register, this car was in the USA (with a Club member) in 1983. Restored by the Key Museum, this beautiful DB4 is eligible for AMOC and a wide variety of other historic motoring events.

    Should the vehicle remain in the UK, local import taxes of 5% will be added to the hammer price.
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1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/903/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/903/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/903/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/903/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/903/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/903/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/903/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/903/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/903/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/903/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/903/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/903/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/903/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/903/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/903/R
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