Desmond J. Smail
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Aston Martin 1961 DB4GT

Make|Aston Martin
Exterior Colour|Racing Almond Green
Trim Colour|Tan
Date Registered|06/06/1961
Hand of Drive|RHD
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This DB4GT was delivered in its original colours of White Magnolia over Dark Grey Connolly in June 1961 via Ken Rudd’s Brooklands Motors to the first owner, the notable British artist and writer Ralph Maynard Smith. His untimely demise in 1964 meant the DB4GT returned to Brooklands Motors to be sold to its next keeper David Harris later that year. It changed hands again in 1967 when it was acquired by David Williams, an enthusiastic owner and rapid driver. After much hard and fast driving the car developed a significant engine problem so was returned to the factory in Newport Pagnell for repair. Fortunately, Williams was a good friend of Aston Martin Service Manager, Dudley Gershon, who decided rather than repair the engine they would replace it with a re-conditioned unit that was ‘off the shelf’! The total cost of the engine was £352, the installation is fully documented.
However, that replacement engine 370/124/GT was the same unit that had been removed earlier from the ex-Equipe Endeavour Stirling Moss lightweight DB4GT/0124/R. This was a competition department-built engine with significant success behind it in the hands of Sterling Moss and Jack Sears. In fact, the car won almost every race it entered! The factory also fitted a new chassis plate with the correct matching engine number to complete the installation.
In 1978 it passed to Mr David Saunderson, owner of a noted Ford Dealer group in Kent, who paid £5000 for the car. In 1981 Saunderson entrusted it to the Aston Martin factory in Newport Pagnell for chassis remedial work and a colour change to Dark Blue.
In 1996 the DB4GT was exported to Japan where it’s first owner had the car repainted in Aston Racing Green and re-trimmed in Tan leather at Brescia Restorations in Tochigi. The final Japanese owner was well known movie actor Toshiaki Karasawa. On a visit to Japan in 2012, ‘0162’ was acquired by David Clark and returned to the UK.
The current owner bought the car in April 2016 and not long afterwards it would return to Newport Pagnell to fulfil an important role.
In December 2016 Aston Martin announced that they would build another 25 DB4GT cars and in early 2017 ‘0162’ took up residence in the Newport Pagnell factory as the ‘reference car’ for the project to help Aston Martin build the new cars as faithfully to the original as they could. DB4GT/0162 was extensively dismantled, and in its reconstruction, it benefitted from extensive chassis, engine, suspension, interior trim, body and paint works to include a repaint in Racing Almond Green and re-trim in Connolly hide all in the very capable hands of Aston Martin Works. Since then, the car has been maintained by Desmond Smail and is in excellent condition and comes with it very comprehensive history file.
Whilst our workshops have reopened with a small number of staff our showroom will remain closed a while longer.

If you would like information on a sales car please email as below or call +44 (0) 1234 713 083 and we can send details and discuss a viewing where possible.

If you would like to book a service or discuss a restoration please call +44 (0) 1234 713 083 and we have staff available to help with your enquiry or booking.