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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 Granturismo.
Classically proportioned and instantly recognizable from the moment of its introduction, the Touring-styled DB4 established a look that would survive, with only minor revisions, until 1970. Following in the classic tradition of close-coupled sports saloons, the 3.7-litre DB4 Aston Martin carries orthodox modernity to its highest pitch.
"A luxurious two-seat saloon which can carry four adults when necessary, it recorded almost 140mph as a two-way mean speed over the measured mile. Yet we were able to record acceleration figures from 10mph in the same gear ratio", reported 'The Motor' magazine.
Manufactured between October 1958 and June 1963, the DB4 developed through no fewer than five series. The final and fifth series as we have here was manufactured between September 1962 and June 1963 was lengthened by 3’’ to 15’ (allowing for increased leg room and a larger boot) and gained 15” wheels, an electric radiator fan and the DB4GT-type instrument panel.
As always, a Vantage or Special Series (/SS) engine was available as an option. This unit, equipped with larger valves, raised compression ratio and triple SU carburetors, produced no less than 266bhp at 5,700rpm, an increase of 26bhp over standard. With the exception of the first 50 built, only 14 of which had the Special Series engine, almost all Series 5 DB4s were to Vantage specification and came with the faired-in headlights of the DB4GT.
Sold new in the UK, this right-hand drive DB4 Series 5 Vantage is un-restored, but a good strong and very original example. Finished in Royal Blue with Burgundy Hide interior, this car has matching numbers and represents a rare opportunity to acquire a fine example of the DB4’s ultimate expression, equipped with the highly desirable factory Vantage engine.
*Mileage given is the odometer reading at present and does not constitute the total mileage achieved.
Sold on the 20.11.2012