Lot 219: Aston Martin DB4 Series III
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. As a successor to the DB Mk III, it was the first production Aston Martin to use both Tadek Marek's new all-alloy twin overhead camshaft straight-six engine and an extremely elegant aluminium body. It was designed by Touring of Milan and using their Superleggera method of aluminium panels over 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, also all-round disc brakes. With a top speed of 140mph and 0-60mph in around nine seconds it ranked amongst the fastest grand tourers available. Its Connolly leather and Wilton-carpeted interior ensured that it was also one of the most luxurious.
This well-presented matching numbers DB4 comes to us with good history, copies of the works specification sheet, a works service list to 1964, ownership history and R.S.Williams invoice, including an engine rebuild in 1998 amongst other major work done. Interested parties are advised that this documentation is available in the car's file. Registered GEL 23, this tax-exempt Aston comes with a UK V5 and is strikingly finished in its original colour of pacific blue with original white-gold leather interior, the same combination as it left the factory 50 years ago. Aston prices, especially those of the DB series cars, have risen considerably and continue to do so. This is your opportunity to purchase the English Ferrari, and surely a must for Aston Martin connoisseurs is this elegant specimen.
Coys, Essen, Germany
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