Lot 180 - 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II

Lot 180 - 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II

Lot 180 - 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II

Lot Number 180
Registration ESU 505
Chassis Number DB4555R
Engine Number 370572
Odometer reading 73,911 miles
Estimate £280,000 - £310,000
  • A mechanically sound and reliable example
  • Comprehensive history file
  • Comes complete with original DB4/DB4 GT instruction book


The Aston Martin DB4 emphatically demonstrated that a British manufacturer could better the Italians at their own game when it came to constructing the ultimate grand tourer. It did carry coachwork styled by the Italian carrozzeria, Touring of Milan, using a super lightweight or ‘Superleggera’ design system using narrow gauge tubing beneath all-aluminium panels creating a very light but rigid structure. The DB4’s sleek fastback body was then actually produced by Aston’s own highly skilled panel beaters in Newport Pagnell. The Touring-styled DB4 established an aesthetic that would survive, with only relatively minor revisions via the DB5 and DB6, until 1970.

The first series had already undergone a number of improvements, including the fitting of larger bumpers after the first 50 cars, before the second series arrived in January 1960. A front-hinged bonnet, bigger brake calipers and an enlarged sump were the other major changes made on this, the Series II. As the models evolved. the nomenclature was subsequently changed by the Aston Martin Owners Club to aid identification. The 3.7 litre, six-cylinder power unit, the work of the legendary Tadek Marek, and had first been seen at Le Mans the previous year in the DBR2.

Sold new by Brooklands London Aston Martin on the 1st April 1961 and originally finished in California Sage Green over red Connolly leather, this DB4 benefits from long term family ownership over the years. DB4/555R was delivered new to first owner, S.H. Barnett of Checkendon Court, Oxfordshire with early records showing that optional heated rear lights and wing mirrors were factory specified and a 2,000-mile service was completed in May 1961. Unfortunately, in November that year, with the car less than a year old, she suffered accident damage which led to a full restoration at a later date. Later sold to Mr. K. Martin who made good use of the professional skills at his disposal. Namely Aston Martin of course but also B. J. Miles, a specialist who likes to fly below the radar but is extremely knowledgeable, as is his son.

 In 2003, the coachwork was upgraded to a far better colour scheme, that of Snow Shadow Grey, the beautiful Turing of Milan curves finally able to be seen in all their glory. In 2003, new chromework was fitted by B. J. Miles and in 2006, a comprehensive job list was made up by Aston Martin specialist, Pugsley & Lewis. The list was approved and the works carried out. This included comprehensive engine work, transmission and propshaft work, new front and rear brake disc and calipers, new tyres all round and a 5,000 service. This alone was split into seven sections and extremely detailed. This was followed again in 2007 with some steering rack geometry work, suspension and other miscellaneous electrical issues.

 This matching numbers example still retains its body tag and presents in very original order. The paintwork shows some signs of age but the overall condition is good. The interior shows comprehensive patina and the time for some attention approaches. Mechanically the DB4 is sound, the engine is strong and in good driving condition. Showing just 73,911 miles on the odometer, this represents a wonderful and original example sitting proudly, as it does, on the correct 16” wire wheels and comes complete with a comprehensive history file including an original DB4 instruction book and factory build sheet.

Indeed, as recently June this year, this car was treated to a comprehensive service to include the removal of half shafts and greased, brakes overhaul and general systems check at noted specialists, Twyford Moors. So, mechanically on the button, this cherished example is fully up and driving, and ready to be enjoyed by a new custodian after, but one, 33 years of single-family ownership.


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