Lot 31 - 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV

Lot 31 - 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV

Lot 31 - 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV

Lot Number 31
Registration 706GWU
Chassis Number DB4/796/R
Engine Number 370/828
Odometer reading 71,900 miles
Estimate £120,000 - £140,000

The Aston Martin DB4 was laucnched at the London Motor Show in 1958 and was the first of the very successful DB4/5/6 line-up, featuring elegant coachwork designed by Touring of Milan, Italy. The handmade, aluminum bodywork panels were mounted on a steel tube frame, using the Superleggera (meaning: super light) method of construction. All round disc brakes were fitted, made first by Dunlop and later on by Girling, and all DB4s were powered by a new six cylinder, all aluminum, 3670cc engine designed by Tadek Mereck, developing around 240bhp.

The DB4 offered excellent performance for the time, 140mph top speed and 0-60 in 8.5 seconds. With overdrive transmission on most cars, the gearbox was produced by Astons' owner, David Brown. A Vantage engine was also available, offering even higher power outputs.

There were five series of the DB4, each series introduced changes and improvements to the original series one cars. The model was aptly summarised by 'The Motor': ""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.""

First registered in on 9th November 1961, DB4/796/R was registered to its first owner in Knottingley, Yorkshire. According to the build sheet it was originally finished in a Black Pearl body colour with Terra Cotta interior and very rare factory options included: overdrive, chrome wheels, electric window lifts and heated rear light.  

The car changed hands only once between 1961 and 1992 upon which its third owner bought the car and dry stored it for 15 years. Now with its forth owner, a well respected mechanical engineer, 706 GWU has been subject to a significant mechanical and cosmetic reconditioning. The following work was carried out during 2010: The exhaust and all of the braking system were removed and the underside of the car was degreased, grit blasted and stripped back to metal. The jacking points were reinforced as required and the inner sills were also repaired. The underside was then repainted and undersealed and the brakes were reconditioned with new pads, new brake pipes and new brake and clutch master cylinders. A new exhaust system was made and both bumpers and spinners were re-chromed. There is a full list of works completed in the history file.        

Having covered a believed genuine 72,000 miles from new and complete with workshop manual and spare parts manual, this stunning DB4 represents a rare opportunity to acquire an original and unmolested example of the DB series. Arguably a better driver's car than a DB5 or DB6, the DB4 epitomises British sophistication and was the only logical choice for a certain Charlie Croker upon his return from India shooting tigers….. with a machine gun.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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