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Lot 218: Aston Martin DB4 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon

Aston Martin and Lagonda Motor Cars, Bonhams (19 May 2012)

When the products which are raced bear such a close resemblance to those which can be bought by the public, as do those of Aston Martin, only the most biased can deny the value of racing in improving the breed. It should be no surprise (that the DB4) should be based on an engine which first appeared in experimental form in some of last year's races.' - The Autocar, 3rd October 1958. Launched at the London Motor Show in 1958, 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 Gran Turismo. The new car's competition potential had been recognised from the outset and the factory lost no time in developing a lightweight version suitable for racing, the resulting DB4GT debuting at the 1959 London Motor Show. Those wishing to race the latest Aston Martin but unable to obtain a limited-edition DB4GT or its even more exclusive Zagato-bodied variant were forced to use the 'ordinary' road car, and today modified DB4s remain a mainstay of Aston Martin Owners Club and other important historic sports car events. This particular DB4 was first registered in August 1961 to Mr Ian Moss, a well-known Aston Martin aficionado, who worked on the factory race cars in the 1950s and went on to set up a specialist garage servicing and repairing the marque. He converted this DB4 into a sports racer and actively campaigned it for 20 years. The car was bought by the present owner � himself twice winner of the Aston Martin Racing Series � in May 2006. Used on the road until 2008, the car then underwent a complete restoration by marque specialists Davron based in Salisbury. A picture file is available together with all the bills. The restoration commenced with strengthening and rust proofing the chassis, removing the body and taking it back to bare metal before re-spraying in Aston Martin Racing Green. All the mechanical parts have been overhauled. The engine, originally a DB6 4.0-litre unit, is now of 4.2 litres capacity and incorporates a new crankshaft and pistons. Unleaded compatible, it breathes through Vantage-specification triple SU carburettors and features custom made stainless steel exhausts. Other noteworthy features include a new radiator, distributor, alternator, starter, up-rated oil pump, twin fuel pumps, etc and a superbly detailed engine bay. The four-speed gearbox has been overhauled, together with the back axle, which incorporates a limited-slip differential, while the suspension and shock absorbers have been carefully set up and the brakes up-rated to DB4GT specification. Other new components include the wiring loom, hydraulic lines and cylinders, long distance safety fuel tank, fire extinguishing system, roll cage and racing seats and belts, making the car extremely safe to drive. Despite its focus on delivering superbly controlled high performance, this DB4 also boasts the modern conveniences of electric windows, a working heater and an electric radiator cooling fan, making it comfortable to drive in traffic. Its restoration completed in March 2012, the car is currently being 'run in'. Although lovingly prepared for the Aston Martin series, '900 AWE' would make a wonderful fast road, long distance rally, sprint or track day car. One of the best-prepared racing Astons to be seen anywhere or alternatively a fast and reliable Grand Tourer, the car is offered with the aforementioned restoration records, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Aston Martin and Lagonda Motor Cars
Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, Aston Martin Works Service
TypeCar
Lot Number218
Estimate£90000-£120000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price£120000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1961
Condition rating0
Registration number900 AWE
Mileage-
Chassis numberDB4/755/R
Engine number400/3195
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2