1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon Chassis no. DB4/253/L Engine no. 370/270
Its accompanying copy order form reveals that left-hand drive chassis number '253' left the factory fitted with engine number '370/270' and was despatched new to one Maurice Solvay of Chateau Long Fond, La Hulpe, Belgium. The car's original colour scheme was Peony with off-white Connolly leather trim, while there is only one additional owner listed: M de Selliers of Brussels (change not dated). Thereafter the car is believed to have sat idle for decades, later to be sold in Germany, then to a Dutch dealer and then to the current owner approximately one year ago.
The car's undercarriage is largely original, and the factory-applied maroon primer can still be seen in many places. It appears that minor repairs have been made to rusted areas, but the car's floors and sills appear to be the original components. The brakes have been serviced, and it appears the brake callipers were refurbished.
A set of chrome wire wheels has been fitted but the spare is still the original painted item, and the four painted wire wheels that come with the car are most likely its originals too. The paint, bodywork and brightwork show signs of age and would benefit from improvement. The paint is not original, though it is the correct red colour. Inside, the gauges and instruments appear to be the original units, as does the dashboard, interior trim items and pale Connolly leather upholstery. The carpets have been replaced.
The engine compartment retains mostly original clamps, wiring, electrical components and ancillaries, and has a good, honest feel about it, with nothing appearing to be modified or molested. The car runs and drives and could be used 'as is' following a service and mechanical re-commissioning; alternatively, the fortunate purchaser may wish to treat it to the full restoration. There is no registration document with this Lot, which is sold strictly as viewed.