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Lot 384: 1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 SERIES 2

Auto Moto D'Epoca, Coys (19 November 2005)

The famous Aston Martin marque has produced some of the most powerful and handsome post-war high-performance cars in the world. Arguably Britain's first real Gran Turismo worthy of appellation, the DB4 made its debut at the 1958 London Motor Show to great public acclaim. Successor to the DB Mk III, it was the first production Aston Martin to use both Tadek Marek's new twin overhead camshaft straight-six all-alloy engine and an aluminium body designed by Touring of Milan using its Superleggera method of attachment to a lightweight steel tube frame. Beneath the DB4's sleek and beautifully proportioned lines, the 3,670cc unit developed 240bhp, while the new platform chassis featured independent coil-sprung wishbone front suspension, a coil sprung live rear axle located by Watt linkage and parallel trailing arms, and all-round disc brakes. Performance of 140mph, 0-60mph in around nine seconds and 0-100mph in 20 seconds ranked it amongst the fastest grand tourers available - its Connolly leather and Wilton-carpeted interior ensured that it was also one of the most luxurious. This highly original Series II DB4 was delivered by Aston Martin Lagonda on the 3rd March 1961 with extras stated as: fully chromed road wheels, oil cooler and Lucas assymetric E.4 headlamp units. It was collected in person by it's first and present owner and driven back to Italy. It is finished in the attractive colour combination of Goodwood Green with contrasting red upholstery. Closer inspection of the underside of the car reveals a remarkably well preserved example with no major structural intervention neccessary during its life. Approximately 15 years ago the alloy body was removed from the chassis, the shell taken back to bare metal, refinished and repainted. The interior was also fitted with new connolly leather at this time. More recently the body has benefitted from a further 6000 Euros worth of remedial work by Borghi Automobili, the official Italian Morgan agents. Today the car presents itself in fantastic condition, in the words of the owner 'needing nothing'. Aston Martin's in Italy are rare, particularily in original left hand drive form with desirable original black licence plates. The car is accompanied with its original sales invoice, warranty, delivery sheet, handbook, tools, copy of buff log book and original UK delivery number plates. A fantastic opportunity not to be missed.La seconda serie DB4 stata prodotta dall'Aston Martin Lagonda il 3 marzo 1961 con accessori supplementari come ruote cromate, raffreddamento dell'olio e fari asimmetrici Lucas E4. E' stata acquistata nuova dall'unico attuale proprietario che la guid dall'Inghilterra all'Italia. E' di un bellissimo colore verde "Goodwood". Un'ispezione dei fondi della vettura rivela uno stato perfetto di mantenimento. Una quindicina di anni fa la vettura stata sottoposta ad un accuratissimo ed integrale processo di restauro: la carrozzeria in alluminio stata portata a metallo nudo , meticolosamente ribattuta e riverniciata;l'interno stato ripristinato utilizzando l'originale pelle connoly. Di recente la carrozzeria stata sottoposta un ulteriore trattamento di cosmesi effettuato dal noto specialista ed importatore di automobili Borghi, agente ufficiale della Morgan in Italia, intervento del valore di 6.000 euro. La macchina si presenta in condizioni superlative. Le Aston Martin in Italia sono rare, specialmente quelle originali con la guida a sinistra. L' auto corredata dei suoi documenti d'origine: fattura, garanzia, libretto di uso e manutenzione, kit di attrezzi, copia del libretto di circolazione inglese e targhe. Un' opportunit da non perdere.

Lot Details
Auction Auto Moto D'Epoca
Coys, Fiera de Padova - Italy
TypeCar
Lot Number384
Estimate£75000-£82000
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1961
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Registration numberCE 348 GA
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Chassis numberDB4/490/L
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