Further Information

Delivered new on 3 November 1961 making it an early series 4 model.

Factory options were chrome wire wheels and overdrive

Recessed 3 lens tail lights

Aerodynamic lower bonnet scoop

New grille with 7 vertical bars

 

Work undertaken includes:

Paint refurbished

Full brake overhaul

Suspension overhaul

Full steering overhaul

4 new tyres

As well as other sundry items and detailing, too numerous to mention.

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Brief history of the Aston Martin DB4

Announced at the Paris Motor Show in October, 1958, the DB4 ushered in a radical departure for Aston Martin in its determination to be a force in the production of true world beating manufacturers of GT cars of the very highest performance.

The DB4 required a totally new platform chassis that was designed by Harold Beach, the chief chassis engineer, and was given radical new body styling by Touring of Milan. A new form of body construction used the Superleggara principle of a light tubular structure that was then clothed in an aluminium body shell. Patented by Touring, it was a form of construction that was followed in principle all the way to the Virage of the early 1990s. A totally new all aluminium, twin overhead cam straight 6 cylinder engine, running in an extremely generous 7 bearing crankcase, endowed the DB4 with a step change in performance and a useful saving of weight from the previous cast iron engines used in the DB2. There was no other car in production that could better its time of 0 to 100 mph of 20 secs and few the equal of its top speed of 140 mph, when the DB4 was announced in 1958.

The DB4 included many lessons that Aston Martin had learnt from its racing heritage, influencing suspension and engine design, braking and aerodynamics. The one major disappointment was the use of a conventional rear axle, all be it very well located, in preference to the use of a De Dion independent rear suspension because of cost, technical and production risk.

The DB4 is still one of the most beautiful and iconic cars of all time. Instantly recognised as an Aston Martin, the classical and perfect proportions of the early series DB4s has never been bettered. It is a style that looks right from every angle and it is not without reason that it has set the tone for every subsequent Aston Martin to this day.

On its debut in October 1958, the DB4 was hardly fully developed, nor was Aston Martin ready to start series production and it was not until later in 1959 that series manufacture started in earnest.

The DB4 evolved over 5 distinct series, each bringing useful improvements, as lessons learnt became known from owners’ service experience. By the time the fifth and final series started in production in l962, the DB4 had evolved into a very reliable, comfortable and rapid Grand Tourer of the highest performance.

Series 1 cars – Distinguished by a front opening bonnet and frameless door windows. When built, they lacked any oil cooler and the size of the sump and with a restricted engine oil capacity, this led to many early engines succumbing to severe bearing damage when subjected to sustained high engine speeds However, it remains the purest and best proportioned version of all the DB4 variants built.

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