Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Auction: Lot 31 - 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV

In stark contrast to the Lagondas on offer, there is also a beautiful DB4 on the block. While red is not a becoming color, it is a clean example. "Maximum of pleasure" indeed.

The Aston Martin DB4 was laucnched at the London Motor Show in 1958 and was the first of the very successful DB4/5/6 line-up, featuring elegant coachwork designed by Touring of Milan, Italy. The handmade, aluminum bodywork panels were mounted on a steel tube frame, using the Superleggera (meaning: super light) method of construction. All round disc brakes were fitted, made first by Dunlop and later on by Girling, and all DB4s were powered by a new six cylinder, all aluminum, 3670cc engine designed by Tadek Mereck, developing around 240bhp.

The DB4 offered excellent performance for the time, 140mph top speed and 0-60 in 8.5 seconds. With overdrive transmission on most cars, the gearbox was produced by Astons' owner, David Brown. A Vantage engine was also available, offering even higher power outputs.

There were five series of the DB4, each series introduced changes and improvements to the original series one cars. The model was aptly summarised by 'The Motor': "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."

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