1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R

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1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon
Registration no. 550 HYT Chassis no. DB4/973/R

Sold for £ 327,750 (US$ 452,350) inc. premium
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon
Registration no. 550 HYT
Chassis no. DB4/973/R
*Special Series (Vantage) engine from new
*Present family ownership since 1970
*Routinely maintained by R S Williams
*An older restoration
*Well documented

Footnotes

  • 'Performance, controllability and comfort have been combined in the Aston Martin DB4 to make it a highly desirable car: one in which long journeys can be completed very quickly indeed with the minimum of risk or discomfort and the maximum of pleasure.' - The Motor.

    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. 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.

    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 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, while the third series featured separate rear lights, two bonnet stays, and a host of improvements to the interior fittings. The fourth series was readily distinguishable by its new grille (with seven vertical bars), shallower bonnet intake, and recessed rear lights, while the final (fifth) series manufactured between September 1962 and June 1963 was built on a 3.5" 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.

    One of the most notable developments had arrived with the introduction of the 'Series IV' in September 1961 when a 'Special Series' (SS) or 'Vantage' engine became available as an option. The 'SS' incorporated a 9.0:1 compression ratio, larger valves, and triple SU HD8 carburettors, producing 266bhp at 5,750rpm, a gain of 26 horsepower over the standard unit.

    Almost all DB4 Vantages, around 45 in total, were built with the faired-in headlights of the iconic DB4 GT (a feature that would be carried over the DB5) including the car offered here. Its accompanying copy guarantee form shows that chassis number '973/R' was built with the Vantage specification engine and left the factory finished in Roman Purple with blue grey Connolly leather trim. As well as the Vantage engine, the guarantee form records electric window lifts; a heated rear screen; and chrome road wheels as part of the original specification. '973/R' is one of only seven Series IV cars fitted with the DB4 GT instrument panel with its separate gauges, and is the only one in this colour. This car also has a Webasto sunroof and is interesting because it may be considered a 'halfway house' between the Series IV and V and is believed to have the latter's longer wheelbase.

    First registered 'PPA 2' (later '640 HYH'), the DB4 was retailed via the Brooklands dealership and sold new to the Wilburton Investment Trust Ltd of London W8. It would appear that the Aston had one subsequent owner (in Lincolnshire) before the current vendor, who acquired the car in 1970, by which time it had been reregistered as '550 HYT'. That same year the original Vantage engine ('1003/SS') was replaced with a factory exchange unit of the same specification ('1171/SS') which is still in the car today (see bill on file). The DB4 was used as a company car throughout the 1970s.

    There are invoices on file totalling £70,000 dating back to 1970, many issued by renowned marque specialists R S Williams Ltd, including one for a £24,000 refresh in 2008, while there are also photographs documenting a re-spray and a restoration dated 2001 and 2006 respectively. An older restoration that still presents well, '550 HYT' represents a rare opportunity to acquire a well-maintained and highly original example of this most sought-after Aston Martin model benefiting from long-term single-family ownership.
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1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series IV' Vantage Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB4/973/R
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