Aston Martin DB4 – zaprojektowany z włoskim smakiem (Carrozzeria Touring), wykorzystujący brytyjską myśl techniczną (z bardzo mocnym polskim akcentem – doskonały aluminiowy silnik R6 Tadka Marka), był jednym z najdoskonalszych sportowych wozów swojej epoki. W wersji GT otrzymał lżejsze nadwozie, wzmocniony do 300 KM silnik z dwiema świecami na cylinder i trzy gaźniki Webera 45DCOE. Wóz licytowany 6. lutego przez Bonhamsa pochodzi z ostatniej, czwartej serii i będąc jednym z zaledwie trzech wyprodukowanych z kierownicą z lewej strony, jest niezwykłym unikatem. Aston Martin jest w ciągłym użytku, przez lata przechodził niezbędne remonty, wykonane z dbałością o szczegóły – zachowuje właściwy historycznie odcień lakieru i materiały wykończenia wnętrza. Przewidywano 2,4 – 2,9 miliona PLN, sprzedany został za niemal 5 milionów złotych!
1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV ‘GT’ Sports Saloon
Chassis no. DB4/886/L
Engine no. 370/0209GT
‘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.’ – The Motor.
That the DB4 was able to manifest this rare combination of un-restrained high performance and civilised docility was down to its magnificent engine. A new design by Tadek Marek, the DB4’s all-alloy, twin-overhead-camshaft six featured ‘square’ bore and stroke dimensions of 92mm for a displacement of 3,670cc, and developed its maximum output of 240bhp at 5,500rpm.
A short-wheelbase competition version, – the DB4GT – was launched at the 1959 London Motor Show. Instantly recognisable by its faired-in headlamps, the GT used a tuned engine, equipped with a twin-plug cylinder head and triple Weber 45DCOE carburettors, producing a claimed 302bhp. The true output was in the region of 30bhp less but the GT engine nevertheless represented a very useful gain in horsepower over the standard unit. Manufactured between October 1958 and June 1963, the DB4 developed through five series, the final Series V cars being built on a 3.5″ longer wheelbase and gaining 15″ wheels, an electric radiator fan and the DB4GT-type instrument panel as standard.
This matching-numbers car, left-hand drive chassis ‘DB4/886/L’, is one of only five Series IV saloons delivered with the twin-plug GT engine installed, three of which were left-hand drive, and is thus one of the rarest of all DB4 variants. We are advised that the car was delivered new in 1962 to Sir Henry Dingley, who ordered it with the GT-type dashboard and a Bray block heater as well as the GT engine. The second owner was S A Tayloe (USA). To the vendor’s knowledge he is the third owner, having acquired the Aston in 1992, at which time it displayed a believed-genuine total of 43,000 miles on the odometer.
During the years of his ownership the car has been completely restored (body, mechanicals, engine, transmission, suspension, brakes, electrics, etc) including a bare metal re-spray in Deep Carriage Green (an original Aston Martin colour). The extensive engine overhaul and tune up was carried out by Roos Engineering of Safenwil, Switzerland at a cost of €55,000. The interior was completely refurbished using correct original materials: Connolly leather, Wilton carpeting, etc. Approximately 1,000 miles have been covered since the rebuild’s completion in 2005, the current odometer reading being 48,000. Some 500 miles ago the old original Dunlop wire wheels were exchanged for new 16″ Borrani style wheels shod with new Dunlop racing tyres. Most aspects of the restoration are documented by bills and photographs on file, and the car also comes with factory delivery document, customs papers and Contrôle Technique.