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|1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II |
Engine No. 370/276
Red with Red Leather
When it was first unveiled, the Aston Martin’s DB4 was a tremendous step forward for the firm, and represented a technologically and aesthetically impressive car that has now reached cult status for collectors and casual enthusiasts alike. Much of this has been fueled by the substantially similar DB5’s association with James Bond, but many seasoned collectors prefer the compact dimensions and purity of the early DB4. From a technological standpoint, the car was quite impressive, with an all new 3.7 liter twin-cam inline-6, disc brakes all round, and rack and pinion steering. The bodywork, by Touring of Milan, is achingly gorgeous, and constructed in their famous Superleggera style of aluminum skin wrapped around small tubes.
This particular example is a factory delivered left hand drive, matching numbers, highly desirable second series car. Recently emerging out of a nearly thirty-year ownership period, Fantasy Junction is proud to be the first to offer this lovely DB4 in decades.
Very recently, nearly $30,000 was spent on the mechanical side of the car to insure it is in optimum driving condition. This work included a new clutch, complete suspension bushings, complete brake hydraulic system service, all within the last 500 miles. Parts were acquired through Aston specialists Steel Wings, as was their handling package, which this DB4 has been upgraded with. Accordingly, the car has the great feel of a well sorted and maintained, yet largely undisturbed, high quality British sports saloon. The engine starts easily, and runs strong with good power and minimal smoke. As is often the case with English cars of the era, there are some oil leaks. The brakes are effective, and the suspension and steering taut. The transmission shifts well, with good syncros, both when warm and cold.
It addition to being mechanically sorted, this example boasts a structural solidity superior to most DB4s, especially those which were delivered in right hand drive format. The bottoms of the doors, wheel arches, and rocker panels are free from any significant corrosion. Save for a very small area adjacent to one jack point, the floors are also exceedingly solid and dry. Panel match is good throughout. The paint and chrome are suitable for “driver” standards, displaying moderate patina. The car sits on new chrome wire wheels with three ear Borrani knock offs, shod with new Vredestein tires.
The interior displays a lovely, even patina throughout. The dash is complete to factory switchgear, gauges, and steering wheel, all in excellent condition. The carpets have been replaced at some point, while the inner door panel, headliner, and seat leather is original and in very good condition considering its age.
The engine bay is largely, correct albeit not detailed for show. The recent service work is apparent in the form of new plug wires, and rebuilt brake booster. Similarly, the undercarriage is complete and correct in materials, but not detailed.
Of paramount importance to Aston Martin connoisseurs are; matching numbers, structural solidity, and original left had drive configuration, all of which this lovely example satisfies. Whether the intention is to ultimately restore, or to enjoy in rally and tour events as-is, the DB4 offered here is sure to provide many years of enjoyment to its new owner, just as it has done for the current custodian of several decades.
Sold on the 07.12.2012
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