We have a delightful and very quality DB4 for sale in Californian Sage with magnolia beige leather with light beige Wilton carpet interior that perfectly compliment the car. A 1962 model Series 3 DB4, it is fitted with a manual gearbox with overdrive. The engine is to full DB4 Vantage specification with triple SU carburettors and is unleaded compatible. Fitted with all round disc brakes and chromed wire wheels.
The chassis shows evidence of a recent and full rebuild. The body has been stripped, repaired and re-painted to a very high standard. The car comes with a Webasto roof in excellent repair. The interior shows evidence of a complete re-trim over recent years with new leather and carpeting and now with a delightful light patina.
There is a large history file dating back to 1987 showing evidence of a total engine, transmission, suspension and brake rebuild. The MOT history dates back to 1986. The original build sheet is included in the history file.
As one of the leading specialists in classic Aston Martin motorcars, we are increasingly asked for left hand drive cars. The availability of such cars is extremely limited.
This is really not that surprising, when one bears in mind that only some 10% of those Aston Martins manufactured up until the introduction of the DB7 were produced Left Hand Drive cars. As a result, we find ourselves increasing asked "Can you do a right to left hand drive conversion?" We are perfectly equipped and always delighted to answer "Of course"
Many customers may well think that changing the specification of any rare car, such as an Aston Martin, would detract from both its originality and value. This may be the case if major changes are envisaged to the appearance or there is a major deviation from the original specification in some major mechanical item, such as fitting a Jaguar engine into a DB4. Indeed many clients may recall that years ago when Austin-Healeys and Jaguar E-Types were returning to these shores from the United States, mane conversions lowered the value of the car concerned. This was, sadly, largely as a result of the poor quality and lack of adherence to the original specification, and DETAIL of the right hand drive product. Here at The Aston Workshop that has NEVER been the case.
We are, in fact, now routinely finding that valuable Aston Martins that have recently found new homes overseas, even to customers who normally drive on the right, are being bought and converted to Left Hand Drive and, in point of fact, that a premium is often achieved. As a result the value of a car converted from right hand drive to left hand drive is as much and often more than the cost of the conversion.
There are however, a number of clear provisos in making this claim. First and foremost, the conversion has to be such that the car is precisely as it would have been had it been manufactured from new as a left hand drive car. The second key point to make is that the quality of the conversion has to be flawless, at least the equal of what was being produced at Feltham or Newport Pagnell "in the day" and that the car has the precise appearance of an original "export market" left hand drive motor car.
Over the last year or so, the demand for these left hand drive conversions has risen substantially, particularly for the DB4, 5 and 6 models. Since the turn of the year we are seeing it increasingly now with the V8 models as well. As a direct result, The Aston Workshop have remanufactured or acquired just about all of the items that are required to do the "right to left" conversion. Be it on DB4, 5, 6 or a V8. Perhaps chief amongst these items is the Dashboard. As can readily be seen, the quality is superlative, and all of our dashboards are indistinguishable from the period correct, original items. Anyone contemplating a right hand to left hand conversion can be assured that the process is quite straightforward, taking no more than a few weeks to do, and that we are both experienced and skilled at doing them.
If a left hand drive conversion is of interest, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We can certainly advise and readily provide an extremely competitive quotation for all work involved.
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.
Series 2 cars Carried over the rear body design and proportions of the Series 1, but came with rear opening bonnet, significant engine modifications (which many of the Series 1 cars were later retrofitted with), uprated brakes and framed door windows. Customer options included special series engine, overdrive and an oil cooler.
Series 3 cars Essentially similar in specification to the Series 2 DB4, but with many minor detail improvements to the engine and chassis The rear light clusters were recessed and given a chromed backing plate.
This is a car that has been restored over an extended period to a painstakingly high standard. The restoration has involved a complete chassis rebuild and the body panels have all been stripped, repaired where necessary and given an excellent paint finish in one of the best and most original DB4 colours, Californian Sage. Engine, transmission, suspension and braking system have been thoroughly overhauled with many new parts. The engine shows excellent oil pressure and performs vigourously. There is a recent stainless steel exhaust fitted.. As an example of the thoroughness of the restoration, every single chromed component has been re-plated and polished to the finest standard. The engine compartment is spotless and fully detailed. It has been fully re-trimmed to the highest standards with the best quality leather that now has a delightful light patina of use. This is finished off with new Wilton carpet, all leather edged.
One of the more original and best-prepared cars we have seen, it joins a select band of very high quality DB4 cars that we have been privileged to offer for sale. It represents a blue chip investment with the added advantage of the best specification including overdrive, fitted and ready to use. She comes with a number of carefully chosen enhancements, such as a Vantage standard engine specification, electronic ignition, oil cooler, electric radiator fans and a Webasto roof.
This DB4 will appeal to any owner wanting a top quality DB4 that can be used with confidence. It is a car that should give many years of trouble free use and much pleasure. It is offered as is or can be readily converted to LHD. There is a complete and very good health check report available to the new owner to give added peace of mind.
An early inspection is highly recommended Truly a car to savour!