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|The people who know almost everything about Aston Martin all agree that this is amongst the Aston Martin DB4 GT and the DB4 GT Zagato the nicest model of the DB4, DB5 and DB6 range. It actually is the ultimate DB because it has the best looks and amongst that, this specific example has the very rare and unique Special Series engine (later named Vantage).|
The power of an SS engine has raised from the standard of 240 horsepower towards 260 horsepower.
The fact that the DB4 Series IIII Aston with SS engine is so rare has to do with the short wheel base of the car as well as with the nice roof lining. The DB4 series 5 had a body length increasement and also the roof was raised a bit which made the model looking a bit different and for some less sporty.
The handling changed off-course as well and therefore this is the ultimate DB amongst the models mentioned above.
When the engine bay is being opened, then one can see the extra specialty of this DB4. The 3 carburetors and the SS prefix on the block number.
As described in the book Aston Martin the Thoroughbred, the author, mister Robert Edward says “the best all round car however is probably the Series 4 Vantage with the special series engine.
Only 284 saloon DB4 cars are ever made (from chassis number DB4 / 766 to DB4 / 950 and only from number DB4 / 839 there was the possibility to order a DB4 with the option of the special series engine.
Please take a careful look at the pictures of the Aston Martin. The overall condition is as nice as the pictures show. The door fittings are excellent. The interior is almost as new but has not been over the top restored. The materials which are used are exactly as they were when the car was newly delivered.
The chrome as well as the aluminium parts are also excellent without any rusty points or damages.
The boot as well as the engine bay are excellent and one can conclude that the restoration has been carried out extremely well out of the point of view that the car had to stay in it’s original condition when newly delivered.
As the Aston has been newly delivered in europe, it is fitted with a kilometer indicator.
About the Aston Martin DB4
The Aston Martin DB2 had been on sale five years before Aston Martin began contemplating a successor. Christened Aston Martin DB4, it was all-new, which helps explain why it took three years to be finalized, delaying its public launch until autumn 1958.
Key personalities behind the new Aston Martin DB model were general manager John Wyer (who would mastermind the birth of the Ford GT40 in the 1960s), chassis designer Harold Beach, and engine designer Tadek Marek. David Brown himself took a major step forward by agreeing to the development of an entirely new car, for every major component in the DB4 was new, and there was never any thought of compromise by using carryover parts.
Wyer concentrated as much of the new model’s manufacturing and assembly as he could in the modernized Newport Pagnell factory. One unanticipated consequence, however, was that longtime stylist Frank Feeley declined to move to Buckinghamshire, forcing Aston Martin Lagonda to seek outside design help.
The Aston Martin DB4 chassis was simpler and more rigid than that of the DB2s. Wheelbase was an inch shorter but tracks were wider, and improved packaging allowed more reasonable four-place seating. The previous multi-tube design was abandoned for Aston’s first pressed-steel platform-type frame, which in one form or another would persist at Aston through the 1960s and 1970s.
Conventional coil-spring/double-wishbone independent front suspension was retained along with rack-and-pinion steering. Chassis engineer Beach had wanted to use a De Dion rear end, but this would have to wait a full decade and an ordinary live axle was used instead.
Under the DB4 hood was a big, rugged, and visually beautiful twincam six inspired by, but altogether larger than, the Jaguar XK engine. Displacement was 3.7 liters even in its original form, good for a dead-reliable 240 bhp, though a lot more was possible (and realized in future models). Because this was much too lusty for the existing DB2 transmission, a new David Brown 4-speed unit was produced to suit. A few automatic-transmission cars were also produced towards the end of the model run. Naturally, there were disc brakes all around. A good thing, too, for even early DB4s weighed nearly 3000 pounds and were capable of 141 mph.
Aston Martin DB4 styling and body construction were “imported” from Italy. Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, which had already produced several Aston specials, was hired to design the car and supply bodies for it built according to the firm’s patented “super light” principles. This Superleggera construction employed aluminum panels over a lattice of small rubes laid out to define the body shape, an ideal process for a small-volume producer like Aston.
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Sold on the 12.11.2012
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