1960 Aston Martin DB4

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1960
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    247
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

French title - One of 351 examples of the DB4 Series 2 - VHC prepared, in keeping with the spirit of Aston Martin - Top-level performance - Delivered new to Reginald Sinclaire This Aston Martin DB4 was sold new in September 1960, to Larkspur in Colorado. Its first owner was none other than Reginald Sinclaire, American citizen, a pilot in the French Air Force and a member of the famous " Lafayette Flying Corps " squadron during the First World War. A Navy Commander teaching air defence in the Pacific during the Second World War, he was fascinated with airplanes and automobiles. The factory records tell us that the car was delivered with " black pearl " coachwork, blue Connolly leather interior and, as an option, chrome wire wheels. An old registration document confirms that the car changed hands in 1979, then registered DB461. It was sold by the American dealer Steve Serio at the start of the 1990s and arrived on French soil in 1991. It was at this time that the current owner, an Aston Martin collector, found the car with Pierre Lamy, the marque specialist who had restored another of his cars. This DB4 had begun a restoration and was partially dismantled. Once the transaction had been completed, the gentleman driver asked Lamy to complete the work, by preparing the car with a view to competing in VHC, and also to modify the front in the style of a DB4 GT. The car then took part for many years in the European VHC Championship, while being rigorously maintained by Lamy. It competed in the 1998 Tour Auto and the Tour of Spain in 2001. At the start of the 2010s, it underwent a thorough restoration by Olivier de Sibenthal in Switzerland. The specialist has confirmed that the body was stripped back to bare metal and restored. The modifications made for competition were kept, some of which were updated. The engine block was replaced and the preparation taken further : the cylinders were re-bored, increasing the engine capacity to 4.2-litres, and it was given special overhead cams, a reinforced crankshaft, special rods and pistons, triple 50 Weber carburettors and a racing clutch. According to the Swiss specialist, the engine is now capable of producing close to 350 bhp. To support this extra power, the shafts were strengthened, and the running gear modified to improve the handling, while retaining the original anchor points. The stabilizer bars were adapted and the brakes modified. It retained the six-point roll-cage and the car is currently fitted with 15x6 inch wheels. The bucket seats have been replaced with more elegant seats in period style, and the interior, which has not been stripped as is often the case with cars prepared to this level for competition, retains the genuine feel of an Aston Martin. A test-drive in the company of the owner revealed that everything works well : the car accelerates like probably few other DB4 and is impressively efficient. This very rare left-hand drive DB4 Series 2, presented in excellent condition, offers the allure of a DB4 GT with significantly improved performances and handling. Enthusiasts can't fail to appreciate this car.