1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series I
Price on Application | Location: United Kingdom
In 1956 Aston Martin began development of the all-new DB4, which debuted at the London Motor Show in 1958. Not only did it set the tone of Aston Martin design for years to come, the DB4 also introduced an updated engine designed by Tadek Marek, whose name became synonymous with the marque’s engineering and performance excellence. The 3,670-cc DOHC engine was entirely constructed of aluminium and produced 240 bhp in standard tune with twin SU carburettors. Most important, the new 3.7-litre six-cylinder engine provided a platform for further development and continued with various displacements and power ratings through to 1972.
Aston Martin turned to Carrozzeria Touring for its Superleggera “superlight” body design, comprising a lightweight yet strong framework of small-diameter tubes dressed in aluminium panels. The chassis, designed by Harold Beach, was both simpler and more rigid than that of its predecessors, using a new pressed-steel frame. Four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes matched the car’s impressive top speed of over 140 mph. The DB4 claims the distinction of being the first production car capable of sprinting from 0–100 mph and back down to zero in less than 30 seconds. It is fair to say, then, that the DB4 placed Aston Martin back on equal footing with its Italian counterparts from Ferrari and Maserati.
The Aston Martin DB4 Series 1 Sports Saloon offered here at Autostorico is finished in Aston Martin Almond Racing Green with Grey leather interior with Green carpets. Chassis No: DB4/233/R was first registered in February 1960 to British Petroleum (BP Trading Ltd) and retained by Aston Martin Works for oil testing and engine development. A comprehensive history file accompanies the car including important documentation relating to the testing much of which was carried out by Tadek Marek himself. Tadek Marek sold the car to his brother-in-law who continued to enjoy the car.
Boasting extensive competition history this stunning DB4’s specification includes; Original engine bored to 4.2 litres with steel conrods and Cosworth pistons. Fully balanced and uprated clutch assembly. Fitted with triple 45 DCOE Webbers, C spec cams and large inlet and exhaust cams running circa 330 BHP. High capacity alloy radiator, full flow oil filter system and oil cooler. It is fitted with DB5 type S5/325 5 speed gearbox and a powerlock limited slip axle with uprated halfshafts. Brakes are DB5 with 3 pot callipers by Girling and a single brake servo with adjustable brake bias. Uprated springs with anti-roll bar and gas competition dampers front and rear. Fitted with 6 x 15 “Cobra” type wheels and Avon ZZR tyres. Large capacity alloy fuel tank with competition fuel pumps. In 2013 the car had a full bare metal respray at a cost of £26,000.
This historically significant DB4 offers a truly unique opportunity to own part of Aston Martins development history, whilst also offering its new owner a competitive entry to both circuit and rally events.
Supplied with its complete original interior with new leather trim in the original factory colour, to include seats, door cards, arm rests etc. Also spare road springs, rear heated screen and original jack etc. An extensive history file including current V5 registration document, previous MOT’s, factory test data, competition history and numerous invoices, recently expired FIA papers and other related materials.