1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV

€425.000 - €500.000

Paris


Chassis No.
Engine No.
DB4/838/L
370/917

Documents: Bill of Sale

  • Factory left-hand-drive example
  • Retains its original, numbers-matching engine
  • Beautifully finished in the attractive period colour combination of Goodwood Green over tan with contrasting piping
  • Recent service and detail by Aston Martin main agents
240 bhp, 3,670 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with dual SU carburettors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower control arms, coil springs, and an anti-roll bar; live rear axle with Watt’s linkage, trailing links, and coil springs; and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,489 mm

The Aston Martin DB4 was a true turning point in the marque’s history, bringing together advanced British engineering, elegant Italian styling, and exceptional GT performance. The Harold Beech-designed rigid steel platform was all new, while the bodywork was styled by Touring of Milan, using their vaunted Superleggera construction process, with hand-formed aluminium alloy panels wrapped over small-diameter steel tubing. The result was a perfectly proportioned profile, which set the style template for the famous DB5 and later DB6 models that followed.

Performance output came thanks to a new Tadek Marek-designed engine, cast from aluminium and boasting prodigious torque. It was based on the DBR2 racing motor and was capable of propelling the DB4 to 141 mph, with four-wheel disc brakes to bring it down from speed (0–100–0 in 30 seconds!). When the car was launched in October 1958, the DB4 was among the fastest GT cars of its time—a true gentleman’s express.

As the DB4 underwent numerous running changes throughout its five-year lifespan, the Aston Martin Owners Club Register has separated DB4s into five series, which roughly correspond to the updates during production. The Series IV – the last of the ‘original proportion’ DB4s – featured a new grille with seven vertical bars, and rear lights were recessed into the bodywork, while the car’s bonnet scoop was lowered, all features which survived through the DB5.

Chassis number DB4/838/L was originally delivered to a Mr Fred McDonald in Ontario and delivered on 6 June 1962. Mr McDonald ordered his car with the option of a Motorola Radio, a feature which the car retains to this day. The Aston Martin build sheet (a copy of which is available with the car) records a second Ontario owner and ongoing factory documented service work. It is believed that the car has spent the vast majority of its life in North America before eventually crossing the Atlantic for a second time and joining the collection of its current custodian.

Today the car is beautifully finished in the attractive period colour combination of Goodwood Green over tan with contrasting piping and has been freshly serviced and detailed by Aston Martin main agents. Furthermore, it is offered with a correct owners handbook, tool kit, and jack. The DB4 should be considered one of the most influential automotive designs of the 20th century, setting the standard for style and performance in subsequent Aston Martin models, which continues to this day.


Addendum

Please kindly note this lot has entered the EU for this sale under a temporary import bond. The successful bidder must arrange for the bond to be cancelled either by exporting the lot outside of the EU on an approved Bill of Lading with supporting customs documentation or by paying the applicable VAT and import duties to have the lot remain in the EU.

Veuillez noter que ce lot est entrée en Union Européenne pour cette vente sous le régime de l'importation temporaire. L'adjudicataire doit lever ce régime soit en exportant le lot en dehors de l'Union Européenne sur production d'un connaissement approuvé et accompagné des documents douaniers le concernant, soit en payant les droits de douanes et la TVA applicables si le lot doit rester dans l'UE.


Lot Number
134

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