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Aston Martin 1962 DB4 Series 4

Make|Aston Martin
Model|DB4 Series 4
Year|1962
Exterior Colour|Almond Green
Trim Colour|Tan
Carpet Colour|Beige
Date Registered|18/05/1962
Transmission|Manual
Hand of Drive|RHD
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PRICE £549,000
The replacement for the DB2 was first considered in 1955 and several ideas were considered for the body shape but eventually Aston Martin turned to ‘Touring’ of Milan for the final design. The ‘Superleggera’ principle of light alloy bodywork supported by a cage of steel tubes utilised by Touring needed a strong rigid chassis which the DB2 set up did not have. So a new chassis was designed in house by Harold Beach, and due to time constraints was probably heavier and stronger than it needed to be, but as testament to his design this chassis changed very little until the advent of the Virage! The all new engine was also designed in house by gifted Polish engineer Tadek Marek who had arrived at Feltham from Austin in 1954 as Chief Designer. The engine was a 3.7 litre 240 bhp six cylinder twin overhead cam all alloy design which went on to power Aston Martin cars for the next 20years!
So in 1958 the DB4 arrived and became for many the definitive road going post war Aston Martin, strong fast and manoeuvrable it set the bench mark for the models that followed.
This 1962 Series 4 car was first registered to Mr Pursar from Middlesex in its original Roman Purple with Terracotta Connelly with factory records indicating it only returned twice, once in 1962 and again in 1973. Its second owner Mr McRae from Aberdeen purchased the car in 1977 and along with its 4 subsequent owners kept the car well maintained with degrees of restoration by the likes of Aston Service Dorset, Ian Mason, RS Williams and Aston Engineering (4.0 litre engine re-build) amongst others. Its last recorded keeper deciding on a full restoration in 2016 by marque specialists ‘Classic Astons’ to be finished in Almond Green with Tan Vaumol. Currently sitting on 16” offset wire wheels the car has been especially lowered to accommodate 15” and more modern tyres should they be required. Fitted adjustable Koni dampers uniquely ‘bolt on’ allowing the provision to return to standard lever arms (supplied) if desired.
The car comes in superb condition with a very comprehensive history file including factory build sheet and Heritage Certificate.
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