Thursday, December 2, 2010

More on the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV auction

The New Zealand Herald recently posted an article about the same red DB4 we featured here.

Secret agent James Bond's gimmicky DB5 might have won all the headlines recently but purists are eyeing a more modest and original Aston Martin.

A 50-year-old DB4, the car widely recognised as being responsible for establishing Aston Martin's reputation as a road car specialist, comes up for auction in Britain next month.

It doesn't have an ejector seat, machine guns, rotating licence plates and wheel cutters, and it won't sell for anywhere near the $4.1 million that 007's DB5 got.

But it is a treasured original at a time when the Aston Martin badge is hot property among high-end car collectors.

The DB4 laid the groundwork for the celebrated DB5. The car up for sale is one of only 1110 made, from between 1958 and 1963.

Its lightweight tubular frame helped it become the first production car to go from a standing start to 160km/h and back in under 30 seconds.

It ran a 180kW 3.7-litre straight-six engine good for a zero to 100km/h sprint time of 8.6 seconds, a revelation at the time. Top speed was 225km/h.

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