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Aston Martin DB4 Series II - £325,000

Chassis Number: DB4/475/R

Engine Number: 370/467

UK Registration Number: 939 PPP

Date of first reg: 26th October 1960

Exterior colour: Green

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Interior colour: Beige Leather

Current Odometer reading: 18,694

Mileage Warranty:

Steering: Right

Transmission: Manual

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Background

When the single pale primrose DB4 was launched at the Paris Salon in October 1958, Marcel Blondeau, the French distributor for Aston Martin approached John Wyer on the stand with tears in his eyes “This is not a car, it is a folly, but I can sell as many as you can supply.”

With a top speed of 140 mph, it was one of the fastest four seaters in the world and was on a par with the best of Italian Grand Turismos. Not wholly surprising, given the decision to have this distillation of years of Feltham ideas designed by Touring of Milan using their “Superleggera” system. The body consisted entirely of aluminium mounted on a trellis of small diameter steel tubes welded together. Body panels were attached to the trellis and clinched around angle plates which were welded to the members with graphite pads. Items like windscreen, rear window frames an angle sections for the door hinges were attached directly to the frame. The design delivered slim proportions and outstanding all-round visibility. With the body mounted on a platform chassis, the seats could be set low without resorting to deep sills. The doors, which undercut the windscreen, were wide with frameless windows – no quarter lights – and the rear windows opened hingeing on their forward edges. Easier access to the rear with its new full width rear seat, past hinged and adjustable front seats from Reutter.

The wide parcel shelf concealed the presence of a 19-gallon petrol tank while at the back of the car, the boot lid opened to floor level. The battery, with its own master switch was behind a panel in the right-hand wing and the spare wheel was in a separate contained under the boot floor. Power came from the all new Tadek Marek twin overhead cam aluminium engine that weighed in 22Kg less than its predecessor. The twin cam shafts operated the valves directly through inverted steel tappets while those valves were splayed at an 80-degree angle – the seats all had inserts and the exhaust guides were all in direct contact with cooling water. The block followed the contour of the liners which combined to save weight and strengthen the structure. The crankshaft was a nitirided steel forging which ran in seven bronze bearings – the connecting rods were polished and weight graded while the pistons each had two compression rings, the top one being chrome faced. Driving through a four speed, all synchromesh gearbox and a 10-inch single, dry plate Borg and Beck clutch – the engine was quoted as developing 240 bhp, although this was, in truth, probably nearer 208 bhp. Marek had, at John Wyer’s suggestion, researched horsepower claims on American engines and had found a mean discrepancy of 32 per cent – John Wyer’s reaction was “We can’t lie that much, we can only lie 15 per cent”.

Ride and handling came courtesy of Harold Beach designed coil and wishbone front suspension and a rear set up of trailing arm and coil spring incorporating a Watts linkage. The brakes were all wound discs from Dunlop with a Lockheed servo fitted. Wire wheels with Dunlop centre locks and 16-inch Avon Turbospeed tyres as standard fitment.

At launch, Aston Martin only had two pre-production models and with one used to promote the new car, they were reluctant to entrust the other, untried and untested model to the motoring press so definitive road tests were not available, just the enthusiastic hyperbole of John Wyer. His claim, made before launch, that the car could go from a standing start to 100 mph and back to standstill in 30 seconds was faithfully reproduced in advertising material. It was on October 2nd, the day of the car’s launch in Paris that tests at MIRA proved him correct with mean times set of the feat at 27.2 seconds.

Summary:

As the original iteration of the Superleggera design from Touring, the DB4 remains one of the best loved examples of this classic design. With a traceable ownership history and long-term family ownership, presented in a popular and classic colour combination, this is a great opportunity for any enthusiast to add one of the best to their collection

Aston Martin at its finest, do not delay!

Vehicle History

This lovely example of an Aston Martin DB4 was originally supplied by Aston Martin agent Brooklands to the first owner, T Howard of Iver in Bucks on 26th October 1960. In fact, a full record of this early history is found in the original log book that comes with the history folder.

Mr Howard later moved to Hamble but the car moved back up to Surrey in 1965 when it was sold to a Keith Fuller.

A keen AMOC member, Fuller participated in club events and was recorded as achieving a couple of creditable results with the car recording 5th in 1969 at Wiscombe and 6th at Curborough the same year.

Later in 1969 the car passed through the hands of a Maurice Perrin of Surrey who later sold the car in the early ‘70’s to a John Northcott of Sussex. In 1977, the car was acquired by the current owner’s Father and it was transferred to the current owner in 1987.

When the current owner took stewardship of the car, it had been unused for a number of years and a programme of gentle refurbishment took place with 2000 marking the major highlights which were: • An engine rebuild by Ian Moss of Portsmouth where the car was adapted for unleaded fuel and the capacity increased from 3.7 litres to 4.0 litre. • Bare metal repaint conducted by VRV Automobiles of Felpham • Bumpers replaced with stainless steel versions from RS Williams

The final elements of the refurbishment waited until 2011 when the interior was completely renewed and the car’s electrics rewired. The owner's commitment to this car is seen from his reaction to concerns about the car when considering to put it on sale. Local Aston Martin specialist, Bill Goodall of Newlands Motors, undertook some underbonnet refurbishment and addressed some typical rectification in the chassis/sill area - an investment by the owner of around £20,000!

The result is a DB4 that an enthusiast would want to own – over 40 years with the one family, refurbished with affection and proudly owned.

MOT History

MOT Date   Odometer

25.04.78    02,988
24.06.80    03,913
30.04.84    05,497
17.02.89    06,099
04.03.91    07.276
16.04.92    07,564
19.06.93    08,426
10.10.95    09,374
03.06.97    11,036
20.08.98    11,951
29.06.07    16,208
19.07.08    16,330
13.07.09    16,472
21.12.00    12,784
23.03.02    13,504
20.06.03    14,270
16.12.04    15,508
07.06.06    15,813
07.09.10    16,707
24.08.11    16,972
23.08.12    17,015
05.09.13    17,417
10.09.14    17,614
31.05.16    17,872
08.09.17    18,239
30.08.18    18,440

Service and Maintenance Record

24.04.78- Mileage: 02,988- Service Agent: Watersfield Garage

Full service, check valve timing, adjust chains, check ignition timing and adjust, check dwell, grease all round, adjust handbrake, road test, MOT

24.06.80- Mileage: 03,913- Service Agent: Watersfield Garage

Clean corrosion and check connections on fuel pump, MOT

08.07.80- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Watersfield Garage

Recovery, fix electrical fault adjust wheel alignment, check tyres, adjust clutch, headlamp repair

30.04.84- Mileage: 05,497- Service Agent: Watersfield Garage

Oil change, check levels, fix corrosion on f/o/s side light, MOT

01.11.88- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Keith Shelfer

Collect Aston Martin

22.02.89- Mileage: 06,108- Service Agent: Trax Garage

Full service after full inspection. Free off brakes, fit brake pipes to front and rear calipers, fit new battery, strip dynamo, clean and fit new regulator box. Fit fan belt and fee off heater/air vents, rectify n/s headlamp, fit 2 new radiator hoses and refill with anti-freeze. Strip and clean fuel pump, replace n/s/r tyre, fit new servo hose. MOT

14.04.89- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Trax Garage

Collect car, check for non-running. Problem identified as fuel pick up. Repair pick up unit and replace pick up pipes

08.03.91- Mileage: 07,276- Service Agent: Trax Garage

Check vehicle for MOT, steam clean and check for oil leaks, drain gearbox oil and refill, lubricate clutch pedal linkage

22.03.91- Mileage: 07,291- Service Agent: Trax Garage

Check for non-start, strip float chambers and clean, remove dash pots and clean, free off and lubricate all linkages

09.04.92- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: CJH Tyre Supplies

2 x Avon tyres + balance

16.04.92- Mileage: 07,564- Service Agent: Trax Garage

Check for MOT, remove all wheels, make up and repair o/s/r jacking point, seal and underseal. Remove rear silencers, wrap and weld. Lubricate suspension, adjust handbrake, adjust headlights

23.04.93- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Service Dorset

Parts only: Surround rubber

18.10.93- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Copnor Bodyshop

Damage repair as estimate

17.03.94- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Flint Garage

Remove front wheels and strip down front hubs, remove discs and have skimmed. Stripped down and freed off front brake caliper pistons, reassembled with new pads and bled

09.06.94- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Flint Garage

Adjust handbrake and MOT

18.10.95- Mileage: 09,374- Service Agent: Flint Garage

Adjust headlamps and wheel bearings, change engine oil, top up all levels and fit radio. MOT

07.06.97- Mileage: 11,116- Service Agent: Flint Garage

Swapped spare with n/s/r tyre, rectify number plate light, remove gearbox and fit reconditioned clutch unit, new master and slave cylinders & flexi hose, bled system, cleaned vehicle, fitted battery and MOT

19.06.97- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Crockerhill Cars

2 x aluminium number plates

05.08.98- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Vintage Tyre Supplies

2 x Avon tyres

22.08.98- Mileage: 11,954- Service Agent: Flint Garage

Fit 2 new tyres, new exhaust system, change oil & filter and MOT

30.09.99- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: JK Services

Collect Aston Martin

14.08.00- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Carcoon Storage Systems

Indoor Carcoon

10.05.00- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: VRV Automobiles

Estimate: Remove bumpers, lights, mouldings etc, paint strip vehicle, repair bonnet and frame, make good engine bay. Cut out corrosion in 4 wings, sills, rear panel, lower doors, make up and weld in new metal. Remove slave cylinders and fittings, cut out o/s & n/s outriggers, sections of rusted chassis. Make new outriggers and sections as required and weld in, prepare and refurbish engine bat fittings. Prepare, etch and prime. Respray vehicle including engine bay, refurbish steering wheel

03.07.00- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Ian H Moss

To rebuild engine to 4 litre unleaded with hard seats. Modify oil relief valve area, balance con rods, flywheel and clutch

29.08.00- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: RS Williams

Parts only: Stainless steel front and rear bumpers

07.11.00- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: VRV Automobiles

Paint work etc as per estimate

14.11.00- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: M Triggs

To supply and fit headlining and fit draught excluder

21.12.00- Mileage: 12,784- Service Agent: M & N Autos

MOT

25.06.03- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: RKT Vehicle Services

Change oil, filter, points, rotor arm, condenser, distributor cap, front and rear brake hoses, replace brake fluid and bleed. Replace rear tyres, and rear dampers rack damper block and damper gaiters and axle strap. Renew number plate lamps, repair courtesy light switch, top up battery and screen wash and install battery vent pipe. Renew fuel filter flap seal, renew fuel hose bracket at rear, renew heater hose and clips at bulkhead, repair o/s indicator wiring. Road test & MOT

08.09.03- Mileage: 14,666- Service Agent: RKT Vehicle Services

Check fluid levels, check lights etc, check and adjust tyres pressures, check and adjust fan belt, renew dynamo lower mountings nylocs. Check suspension and steering adjust o/s/f wheel bearing, knock up wheel spinners

23.05.05- Mileage: 15,516- Service Agent: RKT Vehicle Services

Renew front brake discs, pads and refit caliper cylinders. Overhaul brake master cylinder. Clean rear brake discs, reface brake pads, renew outer cylinder on each rear caliper, renew brake fluid and bleed brakes. Remove starter motor for overhaul and refit, check all connections, exchange battery and check charging levels. Free/repair/adjust ventilation and heater controls. MOT

29.06.07- Mileage: 16,208- Service Agent: Bracklesham Garage

MOT, top up oil

29.04.08- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: VRV Automobiles

Remove & refit rear bumper, jack out and repair o/s/r wing and make good boot lid gaps, spray & blend

03.06.08- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: VRV Automobiles

Remove & refit front bumper, lights, grille and fittings. Jack out & repair o/s/f wing, front panel and bumper mountings. Spray

22.07.08- Mileage: 16,330- Service Agent: VRV Automobiles

MOT & adjust handbrake

17.07.09- Mileage: 16,472- Service Agent: VRV Automobiles

MOT, refit air pipe, repair flashers

10.09.10- Mileage: 16,707- Service Agent: VRV Automobiles

MOT, check levels and pressures, adjust handbrake, replace rocker washers

24.08.11- Mileage: 16,972- Service Agent: VRV Automobiles

MOT, check levels, replace heater pipe, check brakes, bleed and adjust. Note, play in o/s rear hub, handbrake pads needed, possible servo fault

30.08.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: David Strange

Upholstery materials for Aston Martin

03.10.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Twyford Motors

Shot blast all dash parts, prep and paint to correct colour, polish all parts

24.08.12- Mileage: 17,015- Service Agent: VRV Automobiles

Recover vehicle. Strip down brakes, clean front discs, clean and free calipers, fit new parts. Remove water hoses, clean corrosion and refit. Check levels and pressures MOT

20.06.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: VRV Automobiles

Recover vehicle, charge battery and check levels

06.09.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: VRV Automobiles

MOT, fit bulbs, weld in panel on chassis

10.09.14- Mileage: 17,614- Service Agent: Ree-Car Garage

MOT

01.06.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: VRV Automobiles

Fit new fuel pump & spark plugs, replace diff front crankshaft oil seals, check levels and pressures, clean discs and caliper sliders and adjust handbrake. Repair flashers spray in section of front wing, machine polish vehicle

31.10.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: VRV Automobiles

Check brakes, remove brake servo master cylinder and reservoir. Specialist rebuild on servo and master, fit with new reservoir and bleed system, fit new boot handle. Remove door trims and adjust door frames to fit new door top rubbers.

28.04.17- Mileage: 18,201- Service Agent: VRV Automobiles

Supply and fit choke cable, check levels

05.09.17- Mileage: 18,239- Service Agent: Gravel Lane Garage Services

MOT

08.11.17- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Gravel Lane Garage Services

Recovery, replace condenser, rotor arm and spark plugs

16.12.19- Mileage: 18,694- Service Agent: Newlands Motors

Investigate for any damage from loose crank pulley. Replace pulley, washers, crank nut etc , remove and efit cam covers with new seals, adjust loose timing chain, replace water pump, road test

16.12.19- Mileage: 18,694- Service Agent: Newlands Motors

Engine bay preparation, remove carbs, manifolds. Clean off all under bonnet areas. Paint/refinish as necessary, strip and rebuild carbs, tidy & tape wiring. Fit front brake conversion, polish cap covers. Rub down & paint cam covers. Replace HT leads and plugs

16.12.19- Mileage: 18,694- Service Agent: Newlands Motors

Investigate corrosion in chassis, remove outer alloy sill bodywork, cut out corroded sills, sill section, repair outriggers/trailing arm mountings, weld in new sills/plates. Alloy weld bespoke sections, clean up plates and adjust to new bodywork. Take to paintshop for preparation and painting of new sections and polish to finish


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