1962 Aston Martin DB4
'Performance, controllability and comfort have been combined in the Aston Martin DB4 to make it a highly desirable car: one in which long journeys can be completed very quickly indeed with the minimum of risk or discomfort and the maximum of pleasure.' - The Motor.
Manufactured between October 1958 and June 1963, the DB4 developed through no fewer than five series. The first series had already undergone a number of improvements, including the fitting of heavy-duty bumpers after the first 50 cars, before the second series arrived in January 1960. A front-hinged bonnet, bigger brake callipers, and an enlarged sump were the major changes made on the Series II, while the third series featured separate rear lights, two bonnet stays and a host of improvements to the interior fittings. The fourth series was readily distinguishable by its new grille, with seven vertical bars, shallower bonnet intake, and recessed rear lights, while the final (fifth) series manufactured between September 1962 and June 1963 was 3½" longer.
Delivered via Brooklands of Bond street in January 1962, Chassis 844, a series 4 example was supplied new in Dubonnet with contrasting grey leather interior and red carpets. Still fitted with its original engine and the desirable overdrive gearbox 3500 MW has spent all of its life in the UK with a reassuring small amount of long-term owners over the years notably only two between 1973 and 2018!
The extensive history file has MOT’s from the early 70’s and many invoices, some hand written describing simple services to more extensive work, including previous chassis and sill work, bare metal repaint and the reconnolising of the original leather.
Very recently it has had a top end engine rebuild by a marque specialist and delivers a smooth and enjoyable experience. Ensconced in a delightfully patinated interior, all the fabled charms of the DB4 are apparent. Plenty of power, a useful overdrive for more relaxed touring, all wrapped up in Touring’s timelessly elegant coachwork.