Lot 194 - 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II
|Sold - £397,600
- Matching numbers
- Wonderful history
- Original interior
Manufactured between October 1958 and June 1963, the Aston Martin DB4 developed 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 series 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, larger 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. Manufactured between September 1961 and October 1962, the fourth series was readily distinguishable by its shallower bonnet intake, recessed rear lights and new grille with seven vertical bars. The final, fifth series was built on a 3.5 inch longer wheelbase (allowing for increased legroom and a larger boot) and gained 15" wheels, an electric radiator fan and the DB4GT-type instrument panel. "The Aston Martin DB4 was perhaps the finest compromise which the David Brown-owned company ever achieved between exceptionally high-quality, exceptionally high-performance, exceptionally lavish finishing and yet properly contained overall size and weight – a great British product, benefiting from the styling input of Touring of Milan" – Motors, 1965.
This absolutely stunning matching numbers example was originally sold to Mr. R. G. Lawrence in Norwich by Aston Martin dealers Brooklands of Bond Street, London on 17th August, 1960. The car was then sold to Mr. Hudson-Morley in Leeds who then sold it to Mr. Boxston in Bath. Records then show that the car was bought by father and son, Mr. Alain and Laurent De Clercq in France where it remained until purchased by the present owner. Whilst in Mr. De Clercq’s ownership, much work was carried out by Atelier de L’Artisan owned by Frederic DeLaere between 2012 and 2015 (invoices are included in the history file). The present owner purchased the car from Aston Martin Works in Antwerp on 12th January, 2016, with all correspondence recorded between the present owner and the Aston Martin Works branch from initial offer to his purchase and can also be seen in the history file. It was subsequently registered in the UK on 22nd March, 2016 with the registration number it bears today. The history file has invoice records detailing all work carried out each year from 2016 (also photocopies of the photos of some of the work are included in the file) to 2019 by Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell which totals £38,942. The wonderful red leather interior is original and in very good condition and the present owner had the original rear windscreen removed and replaced with a bespoke new one to include a built in aerial for the original radio which is in 100% working order, even with the words ‘ Aston Martin’ lighting up in LEDs when on. He also had some modern internal work completed to bring it up to today’s standard including converting the electrical system to negative earth at a cost in excess of £6,000 while retaining the original aesthetics (the original rear windscreen and a set of its original wheels are included in the sale). The original dash-mounted clock was removed, cleaned, restored and is now in full working order. The exterior paintwork, in iconic Aston Martin Metallic Green, is in exemplary condition. Interestingly, the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate indicates that this fabulous car’s original colour was Snow Shadow (white) and the price of the car when new is recorded as being a mere £2,310 plus a purchase tax of £1,167.15s10d. This absolutely fabulous example of this iconic British sports car is still achingly beautiful and the sound of its Tadek Marek designed straight six engine howling through the country roads gives you goose bumps! This DB4 would grace any private collection and be competitive in any concours event around the world.
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