1960 Aston Martin DB4

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1960
  • Chassis number 
    264/R
  • Lot number 
    236
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Recent engine rebuild. Present ownership since 2007
1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. 264/R

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 Gran Turismo. Classically proportioned and instantly recognisable 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 before concluding: "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."
This car's accompanying copy guarantee form indicates that it is the 14th of 350 'Series II' DB4s made. '264/R' was sold new via Aston Martin's Scottish agent Callanders Garages to first owner John F Dunn of Glasgow. The accompanying copy guarantee form shows that the car was originally finished in Sea Green with red Connolly hide interior, and records that in May 1962 it was fitted with a reconditioned engine ('370/415') by the factory. According to James Taylor's book, Factory Original Aston Martin DB4/5/6, '264/R' was one of the last to be fitted with the original 'small sump' engine. The latter could suffer from overheated bearings, which is almost certainly what led to the original engine's demise. Apart from the information on the guarantee form, little is known of the car's history for its first ten years.
In 1970 the Aston was repainted blue while belonging to the third owner, a Mr Bonny (see period photographs on file). Other owners have included Mrs J A Grant of Carlisle and Dr Patrick Reid of Twyford, who owned the vehicle in the late 1970s/early 1980s and sold it to Swiss-domiciled S J C Klossowski de Rola in June 1982.
In 2004 the Aston was repainted in Silver Birch by Oakfields before export to Holland (photographs available). The current (Swedish) owner purchased the car in August 2007. Since then the engine has been rebuilt, its reinstallation being completed in September 2016, and in 2018 the owner drove DB4 from his home in Sweden to Goodwood. The car is offered with sundry restoration invoices, Swedish registration papers and Swedish 'MoT'. A new oil cooler, steel wings, an oil filter conversion, and a new starter motor are the only notified deviations from factory specification.