Monday, March 28, 2011

AUCTION: 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Competition Spider by Bertone

Looking at the upcoming RM Auctions, this interesting 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Competition Spider by Bertone is up for auction at the May 11, 2011 auction at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy.

Details are thin at this point, but it would appear that this is the same car that Gooding and Company previously sold on August 16, 2009 for $950,000 at the Pebble Beach Auction. See the auction video below:

$950k is a strong result for this car, I would be skeptical that the owner would make much of a profit reselling it into this market. We will be here to cover the results. More images from the current RM Auctions listing:

Thursday, March 24, 2011

For Sale: 1965 Aston Martin DB5 £279,950

Details are a bit sketchy - read nonexistent on this car - but it looks right and has a full restoration. Most likely the buyer will be paying a premium for this car over an auction car since it is coming from a dealership.

It definitely looks right - and that interior is a benchmark for restoration.

See more details at Aston Sales Kensignton's website.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

1959 Aston Martin DB4GT Convertible rebuild

Dutch restoration shop Zwakman Motors recently posted this intriguing project to their website about a restoration project on a DB4GT convertible. Unfortunately there were no pictures of the project in its current state. I can't recall seeing a convertible version of this car before.

If we were able to see some current pictures, that would probably help to drive interest, also for us to help determine the time frame of the rebuild. Zwakman does have an impressive history of Jag restorations, so they will definitely be one to watch as this project progresses.

DB4GT cars were the shortened version of the DB4 and equipped with the powerful GT engine which were also fitted in the famous DB4 Zagato cars, they were handling much better and were much more powerful as the standard & vantage cars, unfortunately this fantastic specification was never available for the DB4 Convertible however there is just 1 exception on the rule and well this car.

The project was started back in 1964 and a DB4 car as many new parts were bought to build a proper DB4 Convertible GT and so the start being made, unfortunately some time later the owner went into liquidation with his company and did hide all his private possessions to avoid it of sale and did succeed to keep all of his car.

His situation took many years to come back in better shape but as he was unfortunate he never returned to a situation of wealth as the rich days he was in before and so been unable to finish his much loved project.

The amount of brand new DB4GT factory parts including the necessarily brand new bodywork to alter the DB4 into Convertible present with the project is just amazing.

Now we have taken over the project progress being made to start up the work to finish this ultimate spec DB4 which will be the greatest of all DB cars as the combination of the so admired performance of the GT & the rich pleasure of the Convertible at a sunny day in the country roads been a dream of many real Aston Martin and Motoring enthusiasts.

The work would be carried out to the absolute highest possible standards.

A one and only chance to own and enjoy a DB4 Convertible GT fabricated out of all genuine & brand new parts.

Planned for spring 2013, stage payment possible after required deposit.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

SOLD: 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Barn Find 64,200 GBP

Following up again on some prior auction results, the very intriguing 1966 Aston Martin DB6 we talked about HERE sold for 64,200 GBP. The proud new owner has a very long road ahead. We'll keep an eye out for when this car resurfaces.

Monday, March 21, 2011

FOR SALE: 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT $2 Million

Wow, that is all I can say when seeing this car. I have been looking around for GT's for a while and they rarely surface. This car ain't cheap with a $2 million listing, but it does buy you into the upper atmosphere of car collecting.

I remember seeing a $1million valuation on the V8 version featured in the Shaken and Stirred video

With collectible autos becoming a portfolio item, it will be curious to see if this one can garner the type of interest for someone to pay the asking price. Read more HERE

A year after the arrival of the DB4, Aston Martin announced the DB4GT at the London Motor Show in 1959. Outwardly very similar in looks, the differences were substantial, the wheelbase and body were shorter with the rear seat being replaced with a simple parcel shelf and using 18 gauge magnesium aluminium for the body panels mean the car weighed in 85 kilograms lighter than its big brother.

The sporting pedigree was reinforced with lightweight centre-lock Borrani wire wheels made more distinctive with three rather than two knock-off spinners. The engine shared the same bore and stroke as the standard 3.7 but the head and block were lighter being made of RR50 alloy, twin spark plugs per cylinder were ignited by two distributors driven at right angles from the rear of the camshafts.

Out went the standard twin SU carburettors to be replaced by three Weber DCO E4 twin choke units. The twin camshafts were special high lift units and the compression ratio for the engine was up to 9.0:1. The extra power demanded a 9 inch twin rather than 10 inch single plate clutch, while the David Brown 4 speed gearbox was close ratio all synchromesh unit and a Salisbury Powr-Lock limited slip differential was standard.

For stopping power, in place of the Dunlop discs on the standard DB4, large diameter Girling units derived from competition were used with no servo unit fitted. The 30 gallon light alloy fuel tank took most of the space in the boot but the interior of the car was trimmed and finished to Aston Martin's normal exacting standards. In similarly cavalier fashion to the headline grabbing headlines at the DB4 launch, the DB4GT was claimed to achieve 0-100 mph and back to standstill in 20 seconds. This was achieved, just, at MIRA with a driver and observer on board.

* Summary

When values soar, too many classic cars spend time as museum pieces.

The DB4GT was bred for competition and DB4GT/0142/L offers a rare opportunity to acquire an original left hand drive car that has been prepared and maintained for competition in Classic Rallies and has achieved the success it was created for.

* Vehicle History

A copy of the original build sheet for this lovely car shows that the car was shipped to North America on 13th January 1961 to the Aston Martin Agent, B.M.C.D. who delivered it to the first owner, James H Clapp of Seattle, Washington on 29th August the same year.

The original colour of the car was Caribbean Pearl with Dark Blue interior and it was later sold to S A Considas.

The AMOC Register records the last US owner as Donald M Baldocchi of Mountain Gate California. We have spoken with Mr Baldocchi who told us that when he purchased the car it was in Maroon and that it was a non runner as the carburettors were missing.

He said that he purchased it from Charlie Turner in 1978 at Aston Martin Lagonda Inc, in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Charlie Turner was well known in the Aston Martin world in the USA, a leading light of the AMOC, Byron International dealt with him in the 1980's when he had a garage in Atlanta Georgia.

In 1997 was sold and the car returned to the United Kingdom where it went through a total restoration in the hands of specialists the Aston Workshop during which, we understand from the owner, included an upgrade of the engine to 4.2 litre. It was bought by Comte Alexandre de Lesseps.

Comte de Lesseps is a Gentleman racer who competed in the International GT Endurance Series with a Porsche 911 Carrera and the Venturi Gentleman Drivers Trophy 1993-95. The older brother of Ferdinand Lesseps who won the 1992 World Sports Car Championship FIA Cup in a Spice, he collects Aston Martins and has participated in many rallies, Classic du Maroc, Slovenia, Tour Auto and Tour Brittania. He is a founding member of the Gstaad Automobile Club.

In his hands, the car was entered for Tour Auto and the 2001 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.

In 2004, the car was returned to the UK for refurbishment by RS Williams and the history file records that this involved thorough overhaul of the mechanical side of the car as well as a full repaint

Count Alexandre continued his involvement in Tour Auto and the car's record in the event is outstanding, only twice not placed in the top ten, the car achieved two third places, three fifth places and on the 2005 event was the outright winner of the Regularity Class.

Fitted with a special competition fuel tank, the car is offered with its original tank as a spare, and its front and rear bumpers.

This car is being offered for sale by Byron Garage:

Byron Garage

Phone: +44 (0) 1737 244567
Fax: +44 (0) 1737 226224

Buckland Heights, Walton Heath,
Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 7HZ. United Kingdom

REVIEW: 1958-63 Aston Martin DB4

For a great read check out Dan Jedlicka's excellent review of the DB4 model range.

James Bond drove a 1964-65 Aston Martin DB5 in the first Bond movies and acquainted most Americans with England’s Aston Martin. But the 1958-63 Aston DB4, which the DB5 strongly resembled, was the first all-new Aston since industrialist David Brown bought and saved the revered automaker in 1947.

Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, never owned an Aston Martin, but he sure knew about classy cars. He owned a mid-1950s Ford Thunderbird two-seater and a rakish, early 1960s Studebaker Avanti, which he shipped to various countries to drive whenever he left England. Fleming’s wife was so jealous of his affection for the Avanti that she reportedly put sugar in its gas tank to gum up its engine.

But the Bond movie producers knew James Bond would have to drive an Aston Martin in the movie because it was the sleekest, fastest, most prestigious British sports car.

Most Astons have had a “DB” prefix because those, of course were David Brown’s initials. He sold the automaker in 1972 just before the big American fuel crunch and before new government regulations nearly caused the crash of the exotic sports car market in this country.

Aston Martin’s history actually dates back to 1917. Auto racing enthusiast Brown bought the financially troubled Aston Martin company to have, as he lightheartedly put it, “a lot o’ fun.”

The first prototype Aston Martin was partly developed by Lionel Martin, and the Aston part of the company’s name was derived from England’s rugged Aston Clinton auto competition event.

Brown made his fortune in farm tractors and transmissions and proceeded to build a long, famous Aston Martin sports car line, starting with the 1948-50 Aston DB1. However, the DB1 was just a low-volume interim car, and Brown began producing really serious Aston Martin sports cars with the faster, sleeker 1950-53 DB2 model. It was a race winner trimmed like a Rolls-Royce, as were subsequent Astons.

Aston Martins were expensive cars for mainly gentlemen, not for kids, although young rock star Mick Jagger owned one in the 1960s.

The DB2 and its descendants led Aston to considerable success, and Brown would have marveled at how far the automaker has come.

The fast, pretty 1953-57 Aston DB2/4 preceded the DB4. There was a 1957-59 Aston DB Mark III. But it couldn’t be called the DB3 because that designation had been used on an Aston sports/racing model in the early 1950s.

Anyway, the 140-mph DB4 was the first truly modern Aston Martin. It arrived in late 1958 and was built in Aston’s modernized Newport Pagnell factory in England until June, 1963. It came as a coupe with two small rear seats and in late 1961 as a four-seat convertible.

The DB4 had Superleggera (superlight) construction by the prestigious Touring coachbulder firm of Milan, Italy.

Italian auto coachbuilders were masters at such construction, which used aluminum panels over a lattice of small tubes laid out to define the body shape. That was perfect for a small, exclusive automaker such as Aston. Touring also worked on exotic Italian sports cars, but, after all, who needed a Ferrari if you could have a fast Italian-style Aston DB4?

Every major part of the DB4 was new. Its new frame was designed in six weeks flat in 1957 and would be used at Aston through the 1960s and 1970s. The car also had a rugged 3.7-liter inline six-cylinder engine from brilliant designer Tadek Marek.

The visually beautiful dual-overhead-camshaft engine produced 240-266 horsepower, which was a lot for a car weighing only 2,885 pounds. The DB4 could do 0-100 mph and stop in 27 seconds—sensational for the late 1950s and early 1960s. No American car, regardless of power rating, could could match that feat, which Aston proudly advertised.

Aston had outstanding personnel, despite its small size. For example, a key person behind the DB4 was John Wyer, who also was behind the birth of the legendary Ford GT40 race car, which beat everything in sight in the mid-1960s, including the best race cars Ferrari offered.

A new David Brown four-speed manual transmission was used to handle the DB4’s power, which grew in future models. In fact, an Aston sports/racing car with the six-cylinder engine won the famous 24-hour race at Le Mans, France, in 1959 and also the World Manufacturer’s Championship that year, beating the world’s best..

The first DB4 had had clean, elegant styling fronted by a Mark III-style grille flanked by headlights on the corners of the front fenders.

There were no less than five distinct versions, or “series,” of the DB4. Each was faster, better equipped and more luxurious than the last.

For instance, rear-hinged hoods of Series 1 models changed to front-hinged ones on Series 2 models, as of January, 1960.

The Series 3 (built from April, 1961) had small cosmetic changes such as triple cluster taillights, and the Series 4, built from September of that year, had a thinner air opening on the hood and a new grille with seven vertical bars..

The Series 4 also was offered with a higher-powered (266 horsepower) “Vantage” six-cylinder. The DB4 Vantage had a restyled front end with recessed headlights behind sloping plexiglass covers. Like the special DB4GT, it’s occasionally confused with the DB5 used in the Bond movies, although it has a slightly shorter wheelbase and early DB4 grille.

In fact, a Series 5 DB4 Vantage was modified as a prototype DB5 and was the 1963 Earl’s Court (England) auto show car, and the following year was modified for the Bond film “Goldfinger.”

Finally, the Series 5, built from September 1962, was lengthened about 3 ½ inches to fifteen feet, which allowed additional leg room and trunk space. It also had a higher roofline. The DB4 fastback coupe was joined by a four-seat convertible in late 1961.

Running mechanical changes include an overdrive option, beginning with the Series 2, for smoother, quieter high-speed cruising. And by 1963, a five-speed manual and three-speed automatic transmission were offered.

The most desirable DB4s are the lightweight 1959-63 race-style 302-horsepower DB4GT, which is trimmer in size and weight with a shorter wheelbase than a regular DB4, and the 314-horsepower DB4GT Zagato.

The DB4GT Zagato has a completely different body than the DB4GT in style and construction. Its extremely light fastback coupe body has a sexy combination of curves and angles, making it look much like a show car.

Only 75 DB4GTs and 19 DB4GT Zagatos were made. The DB4GT arrived in the fall of 1959 and the DB4GT Zagato debuted in 1960. Prices vary, but collector car price guides value the DB4GT at $1.8 million, and the DB4GT Zagato at a cool $6 million. A regular DB4 coupe is valued at $240,000, with the convertible at $275,700.

Sports Car Market magazine quotes a DB4 owner as saying his car is “fast, beautiful and comfortable. What more could anyone want?”

David Brown surely would have agreed.

Only 1,110 DB4s were produced, helping make it one of the world’s most exclusive classic sports cars.

Friday, March 18, 2011

For Sale: 1961 Aston Martin DB4 RHD 189k Euro

Found at The Gallery Brummen in the Netherlands.

Aston Martin DB4 Coupe RHD in a stunning overall condition! Has been generaly restored a few years ago into a very high standard.Mechanically a complete rebuild for 1.5 years ago in England.Body very clean and straight,underneath clean as it should be.Very nice beige full leather interior.Perfect driving example in a great overall condition without any work to do! Of course Matching numbers and fully correct

Make Aston Martin
Model DB4 RHD
Price €189,500
(approx. £165,358 or $261,579)
Year 1961
Category Sports Coupe
Colour Silver
Transmission Manual
Convertible No
Location Netherlands
Private / Trade Trade
Car ID 128305
No of Views 77
Confirmed For Sale 19 hours ago

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Auction: 1961 Aston Martin DB4 series 3

Some new announcements coming up for Coys Auction in Germany. I found this well-patina-ed 1961 DB4. A lot of buyers are interested in the non-restored cars, but this does not look to be as original as some of the more recent examples we have seen come up. Claims an engine rebuild in 1988.

Read more HERE


Collectors Car Auction
Saturday 2nd April 2011 at 14.30

Lot 219 - 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series III

Estimate: Refer Department
Registration Number: EU Registered
Chassis Number: DB4/647/R

The famous Aston Martin marque has produced some of the most powerful and handsome post-war high-performance cars in the world. Arguably Britain's first real Gran Turismo worthy of appellation, the DB4 made its debut at the 1958 London Motor Show, to great public acclaim. As a successor to the DB Mk III, it was the first production Aston Martin to use both Tadek Marek's new all-alloy twin overhead camshaft straight-six engine and an extremely elegant aluminium body. It was designed by Touring of Milan and using their Superleggera method of aluminium panels over a lightweight steel tube frame.

Beneath the DB4's sleek and beautifully-proportioned lines, the 3,670cc unit developed 240bhp, while the new platform chassis featured independent coil-sprung wishbone front suspension, a coil-sprung live rear axle located by Watt linkage and parallel trailing arms, also all-round disc brakes. With a top speed of 140mph and 0-60mph in around nine seconds it ranked amongst the fastest grand tourers available. Its Connolly leather and Wilton-carpeted interior ensured that it was also one of the most luxurious.

This well-presented matching numbers DB4 comes to us with good history, copies of the works specification sheet, a works service list to 1964, ownership history and R.S.Williams invoice, including an engine rebuild in 1998 amongst other major work done. Interested parties are advised that this documentation is available in the car’s file. Registered GEL 23, this tax-exempt Aston comes with a UK V5 and is strikingly finished in its original colour of pacific blue with original white-gold leather interior, the same combination as it left the factory 50 years ago. Aston prices, especially those of the DB series cars, have risen considerably and continue to do so. This is your opportunity to purchase the English Ferrari, and surely a must for Aston Martin connoisseurs is this elegant specimen.

Dieser Aston - Klassiker mit matching no.s Motor besitzt eine gute Historie, Kopien seiner Auslieferungs - Spezifikation vom Werk und weitere Dokumente, einschließlich einer Rechnung von R.S. Williams über umfangreiche Arbeiten und einer Motor Revision in 1998. Noch immer in der Lackierung wie bei seiner Auslieferung versehen, ebenso im gleichen originalen Lederinterieur, ist dieser DB 4 eine solide Gelegenheit für Sammler und Liebhaber der feinsten englischen Sporwagen - Marke Aston Martin. Wahrlich der Sportwagen der Königshäuser.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

SOLD: 1959 Aston Martin DB MKIII Saloon $148,500

Again catching up on some auction results. We have this nice MKIII saloon. For my money this was better bought than the hideously red Drophead Coupe which sold for $198k.

Perhaps some of the conditional discrepancies mentioned in the "addendum" kept the value down of this offering. As you can see from the pictures, there are definitely some rough spots which would need to be sorted out. As a driver, I would say well done.

Chassis #: AM300/3/1497

LOT: 167

$135,000-$185,000 US
Chassis No. AM300/3/1497
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $148,500

Est. 195 bhp, 2,922 cc DOHC six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, independent front suspension with coil springs and solid beam rear axle, factory disc brakes. Wheelbase: 99"

- Original California LHD example, in current ownership since 1969
- Fresh, body-off, comprehensive restoration to concours standards
- Engine uprated to DBD specification, including DB3S camshafts

As the first Aston Martin model equipped with the W.O. Bentley-designed twin-cam, 2.6-liter six-cylinder Lagonda engine, the DB2 made quite an impression at international auto shows and in competition, finishing first, second and third in class at the 1951 Le Mans 24 Hours and third overall against the likes of Jaguar’s C-Type.

In 1953, this gentleman’s sports car grew into a four-place saloon, the DB2/4, followed by Drophead Coupe and Notchback variants. By 1954, a new 3.0-liter engine producing 140 horsepower was introduced, and in 1955, the revised MK II was introduced at the London Motor Show and was distinguished by a redesigned bonnet and rear-end treatment.

The MK II continued through early 1957, when the MK III supplanted it, with the upgraded DBA-specification engine providing up to 178 horsepower with optional dual exhaust outlets. Detail refinements enhanced the exterior, and a redesigned instrument panel placed all gauges directly in front of the driver. Girling front disc brakes were available, and transmission options included Laycock de Normanville electric overdrive and a Borg-Warner automatic gearbox. Next, the MK IIIB of 1958 and 1959 represented the ultimate expression of the basic DB 2/4 concept. Front discs were now standard, and engine choices now included the more-powerful DBB unit, while the even more-powerful DBD utilized three SU carburetors and offered 195 horsepower.

The name was refined, and the 2/4 designation was dropped for the 1958 and 1959 cars, which were simply known as DB MK IIIs. Nomenclature aside, the result was what many see as the ultimate early postwar Aston Martin. Fitted with the best of everything, they were both more powerful and agile than any other road-going English sports car of the era.

This left-hand drive 1959 DB MKIII is an original California car and has been in its current ownership since 1969. Finished in eye-catching medium British Racing Green, the MKIII underwent an extensive long-term restoration by its talented engineer owner. Every nut and bolt was removed and renewed or replaced to correct specification. It should also be noted that during disassembly all body sections and ancillary parts were verified to have the same Tickford body number (#303). No stone went unturned as every part of this car was taken apart and inspected to be either rebuilt or replaced if necessary.

The fresh drive train features a rebuilt engine enhanced with special pistons, balanced crankshaft, triple dual-throat side-draft Weber 40DCOE carburetors, to DBD engine specification, and includes camshafts from DB3S/104. Fitted with the best of everything, including factory-fitted disc brakes, this 1959 DB MKIII is both more powerful and more agile than any other English sports car of the day.

As with the exterior and engine bay, the interior of DB MKIII is simply stunning. Inside, the driver finds himself surrounded by yards of supple tan camel-skin leather. The carpeting was also replaced with new tan Wilton style carpet. The finishing touch is a period aluminum and cherry wood Nardi steering wheel. All extras are present, including factory tools, jack and handle, tire gauge and grease gun. An original leather-bound owners handbook, parts book and reproduction service manual complete the package.

As quoted by Road & Track magazine in 1959, the DB MKII is “a car for connoisseurs.” In the case of this particular example, we couldn’t agree more.


Please note this car does not have overdrive, as stated in catalog. Contrary to the catalogue description this cars restoration is not to concourse standards.

SOLD: 1959 Aston Martin DB MK IIIB Drophead Coupe

Still catching up on some results here. This one comes again from RM Auctions "Invasion" auction in Scottsdale this January.

See more details HERE

This one was one of the few items which sold below the auction estimates. It seems like more cars are selling these days - some of which might be due to heightened financial investor interest in classic cars.

If I am honest, this particular car never vibed me right from the get-go. The color is not good, the proportions do not work for me, and with the top up - it gets even worse. I would opt for more of the classic look if I was in the market for a car in this range. That interior, however - wow.

LOT: 154

$215,000-$275,000 US
Chassis No. AM30031680
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $198,000

Chassis #: AM30031680

162 bhp (SAE), 2,922 cc DBA inline six-cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts and dual SU carburetors, fully synchronized four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with trailing link, coil springs and Armstrong lever dampers, live Salisbury rear axle located by trailing links and transverse Panhard rod, and hydraulic front disc, “Alfin” rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 99"

- Very rare – one of just 84 Drophead Coupes originally built
- A very solid older restoration
- The ultimate iteration of the DB2, the first “real” postwar Aston Martin
- A desirable MK IIIB model, the final and most-refined variant produced

The landmark DB2, considered by many marque enthusiasts to be the first “real” postwar Aston Martin model, was introduced in May 1950. The ultimate and most highly-refined variant, the DB Mark III (the “2/4” designation was eventually dropped) was introduced in March 1957 and produced in both Fixed Head Coupe and open Drophead Coupe form through July 1959, when it was ultimately succeeded by the DB4, which was initially advertised as “a companion to the DB Mark 3.”

Famed Polish-born Aston Martin engineer Tadek Marek thoroughly revised the existing six-cylinder W.O. Bentley/Lagonda engine design, with output rising to 162 bhp or 178 bhp with twin exhausts. Front disc brakes supplemented “Alfin” finned aluminum rear drum brakes, with the upgrade optional on the first 100 Mark IIIs produced and standard equipment on the ultimate Mark IIIB of 1958-1959.

Styling and body fittings were also updated, most notably with a revised grille opening inspired by the famed DB3S sports racer. The new grille of the DB Mark III influenced Aston Martin styling for many years to follow, with its iconic basic design cues providing brand continuity and essentially remaining in effect through the V-8 models of the late 1980s. Among the many other updates of the Mark III, a revised instrument panel designed by Frank Feeley echoed the grille’s shape and now relocated the gauges directly in front the driver. Performance was strong for the era and continues to be quite satisfying today, with acceleration from rest to 60 mph in approximately nine seconds, en route to a top speed of 120 mph.

In popular culture, while the later DB5 is most often associated with Her Majesty’s Secret Agent James Bond, Ian Fleming’s original novel Goldfinger actually had 007 driving a DB Mark III. In fact, the DB Mark III was the only car in his books to be equipped with the iconic “Q-Branch” lethal gadgets that legions of Bond fans continue to associate with Aston Martin today. Just 551 examples of the DB Mark III were produced during a relatively brief production run spanning 1957 and 1959, including one purpose-built competition model. Of those few cars though, only 84 were the elegant and sporting Drophead Coupe variant. With their Feltham-era, hand-built quality and legendary road-ability, the cars continue to be highly coveted today.

The handsome right-hand drive 1959 DB Mark IIIB Drophead Coupe offered here is finished in red with tan leather upholstery and a matching convertible top. A legitimate “barn find” that was located in the mid-1990s, it continues to benefit from a comprehensive body-off restoration. During the process, the body was professionally stripped, prepared, painted and refinished to concours-quality standards. All brightwork was replaced or refinished as required, including the stunning knock-off, wire-spoke wheels, the matched pair of Lucas fog lamps and the stainless-steel exhaust system. The interior was authentically and completely restored using proper-weave carpeting, a black dash panel and tan Connolly leather upholstery, with everything crowned by a new and matching tan cloth top.

In August 2006, the DB Mark IIIB was acquired by its next caretaker, who actually used it very little and essentially stored it for much of the next four years during his tenure. The current owner purchased it recently, and as offered today, the car exhibits a very solid older restoration with a well-detailed engine bay and few visible signs of road use and wear. Extremely rare, desirable and beautifully presented, the offering of this late-production 1959 Mark IIIB Drophead Coupe is an exceptional opportunity for dedicated enthusiasts.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

SOLD: 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mark II Vantage $324,500

The 1969 DB6 in spectacular silver coloer sold for $325,500 at Gooding's Amelia Island Auction

Gooding seems to be doing a good job with the pre-auction estimates, as this was expected to go for 300-350K. The winning bid was almost precisely in the middle of the stated range.

Read more HERE

■One of the Last of the Classic DB Series
■Factory Left-Hand-Drive Example
■Delivered New to Switzerland
■Finished in Original Silver over Black Color Scheme
■Matching-Numbers Vantage Specification Engine
■Ideal Car for Tours and AMOC Events
■An Exceedingly Rare and Distinctive Aston Martin

The DB6 Mark II
In August 1969, just before the introduction of the all new DBSV8, the last in a long line of classic Aston Martin grand touring cars was announced – the DB6 Mark II.

An improvement on the well-received DB6, the Mark II was equipped with the new DBS wheels and, when optioned with the Vantage specification, claimed a staggering 325 bhp. To accommodate the wider tires, the updated Aston Martin gained its most prominent distinguishing feature – slight fender flares on both the front and rear wheel arches. Not only did the flares serve a practical function, they gave the car a wider appearance and contributed to the Mark II’s sporting demeanor. In addition to its mechanical im- provements and subtle exterior updates, the Mark II received more comfortable seats, sourced from the DBS, making an already capable grand touring car even more appealing.

In November 1970, just over a year after production commenced, the DB6 Mark II was phased out, thereby closing a long and significant chapter in the history of Aston Martin.
This Car
Of the 240 DB6 Mark IIs built, it is believed that only 71examples were originally specified in left-hand drive. Beyond that, approximately 45 Mark IIs were ordered in the desirable Vantage specification, equipped with either triple Weber carburetors or AE Brico fuel injection. It has been reported that the combination of Vantage specification and left-hand drive – undoubtedly the most sought-after package offered by the factory – was limited to just nine examples, a surprisingly low figure.

The DB6 Mark II presented here, 4125/L, is a relatively early example that was originally prepared for delivery to Switzerland. Outfitted with Swiss lighting specifications, Avon Turbospeed tires, dectogonal wheel nuts, a ZF five-speed gearbox and the Vantage breather system, this rare left-hand-drive Aston Martin was completed at the Newport Pagnell Works on October 3, 1969. Finished in Silver Birch with an interior trimmed in black Connolly leather, the exclusive high-performance Saloon must have cut quite a figure in its day.

According to factory records, the Mark II was first shipped to Dr. Josef Arpad Von Habsburg in Moillesulaz, Switzerland, with Perrin Importateur serving as the agent. It has been reported that the rare Mark II Vantage remained in Europe for many years, eventually joining a prominent Aston Martin collection in Belgium. In the late 1990s, the DB6 was imported to the US and has since been cared for by dedicated East Coast enthusiasts.

As a late-production DB6 with all the right features, it is no surprise to learn that this car received first place in the 1999 AMOC Lime Rock Concours and posted an impressive third place in the Sprint event.

At some time, the Aston Martin was restored to a high standard and has recently benefitted from some sympathetic cosmetic freshening. Overall, this DB6 appears to be a very correct and original example that further benefits from its classic, factory- delivered color scheme. The Mark II presents itself very well and would be welcome at a wide variety of motoring events, particularly AMOC meets and driving tours such as the Copperstate 1000.

Boasting the ultimate mechanical specification, a preferred original color combination and last-of-the- line appeal, this DB6 Mark II is an exceptionally rare automobile that would serve as the perfect bookend to a comprehensive collection of David Brown Aston Martins. It is not every day that one comes across such an attractive and ideally optioned example.

Whether the future owner is a DB-series devotee or an enthusiast in search of a high- quality touring car, this outstanding Mark II is bound to impress and should serve as a rewarding, long-term investment.

Monday, March 14, 2011

SOLD: 1961 Aston Martin DB4 series IV $440,000

The "barn find" condition DB4 we talked about here sold within its presale range.

Compared against the restored 1963 DB4 we talk about HERE you can see that buyers are paying a premium for good quality non-restored cars with solid provenance.

Read the complete results of the Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV - Sold for $440,000 versus pre-sale estimate of $425,000 - $475,000. Matching-numbers, factory left-hand drive Aston Martin DB4 is being offered for sale for the first time publicly since 1961; recently-discovered after more than 50 years with the same family who purchased it new; presented with its original tools, jack, owner's manual and rare workshop manual.

Friday, March 11, 2011

SOLD: 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Vantage: $352,000

The high seller from the January RM Auctions at the Biltmore in Arizona is this beautiful DB4. Read more below.

266 bhp (“Special Series” form), 3,670 cc aluminum alloy engine with dual overhead camshafts and three SU HD8 carburetors, four-speed synchromesh alloy-cased gearbox, four-wheel coil-spring suspension, four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes. Wheelbase: 95"

- Very rare in left-hand drive, one of only 45 Series IV Vantage models built
- Sensible upgrades for drivability, including a Harvey Bailey handling kit
- Subject to comprehensive German restoration, including detailed chassis

The Aston Martin DB4 was unveiled at the 1958 Paris Salon. A totally new car, the introduction of the DB4 was a significant achievement for the small British manufacturer. The specification included a completely new steel platform chassis with disc brakes all around and a freshly developed alloy twin-cam 3.7-liter straight-six engine, all clothed in an elegantly proportioned fastback aluminum body designed by Touring of Milan. Overall, the DB4 was state-of-the-art for its time, a masterpiece of robust British engineering in combination with exquisite Italian styling. Of all the postwar Aston Martins, Sir David Brown’s gracefully sleek DB4 is certainly one of the most admired and became the template for the entire line of DB4, DB5 and DB6 which remained in production until 1970 and elevated Aston Martin on the international stage.

The chassis was engineered under the watchful eye of Harold Beech and features independent front suspension and a live rear axle well-located by trailing arms and a Watt’s linkage. The body construction utilizes the vaunted Touring Superleggera process, which consists of a skeleton made up from small diameter steel tubing covered by hand-formed aluminum alloy body panels. The coachwork was constructed by Aston Martin under license from Touring at its newly dedicated production facility in Newport Pagnell.

Vantage Specification

'Vantage' has been part of the Aston Martin lexicon since 1950 and its first use with the introduction of the higher-specification engine for the DB2. Since then it has been used to indicate many different levels of enhancement, but the common denominator has always been performance, up to and including the V8 Vantage which commemorates the first appearance of a powerful V-8 in their current entry-level offerings.

In the case of DB4s, there was no Vantage option until the so-called fourth series cars. These are outwardly identifiable by the slotted grille in combination with the better integrated, flatter bonnet scoop and the recessed triple stacked taillights, all features which carried over to the DB5. With the Series IV cars came the introduction of the 'Special Series' engine, which added a third SU HD8 carburetor, a higher compression ratio (9:1) and larger valves, which boosted horsepower by over 10 percent to a quoted 266 bhp, a useful increase. Most – but not all – 'SS'-engine equipped DB4s were also enhanced with the attractive 'faired in' headlamp nose popularized by the iconic DB4GT and also carried over to the DB5. It is these covered headlamp versions of the Series IV cars, 45 in all, which were referred to as Vantage models by the factory. The DB4 Vantage models also featured the DB4GT dashboard instruments, identifiable by their separate dials for each function, and the addition of an oil temperature indicator, as the SS engine and indeed most DB4s by then were equipped with oil coolers. By the time the next and final series of DB4s was introduced, the body had grown longer and taller and was fitted with smaller, wider 15-inch wheels, presaging the dimensions of the forthcoming DB5. Therefore, the Series IV Vantage models are the only production DB4s to combine the original DB4 proportions with the attractive covered headlamp nose, along with the high performance motor. To many aficionados, this rare model has become the connoisseur's choice.


Rarer yet in original left-hand drive, 961/L was originally sold by Garage Mirabeau in Paris to its first owner, Edith Waters of Neuilly sur Seine. According to the factory build sheet (a copy of which is supplied with the car), a factory service was performed in April 1972, with the DB4 showing 67,138 kms as mileage. The next owner of record was Rene Welter of Luxembourg, followed by Walter Peter Mottl of Germany. Mr. Mottl was an Aston Martin Owners Club member and enthusiast, having participated with the car in club slalom races in 1985. By this time the car is recorded in the AMOC Register with engine block 370/1033/SS, suggesting it was replaced by the factory or perhaps otherwise, which is the number the engine carries today.

Noted German collector and dealer Michael Brinkert was the owner during the ’90s, during which time a comprehensive restoration of 961/L was performed to an impressive standard. By 2001, the DB4 was imported to the US by Autosport Designs and sold to its most recent owner, a resident of Charleston, South Carolina. While in his ownership, the car has received regular, expert maintenance by Andy Greene in Savannah, Georgia and specialist support by Aston Martin experts Steel Wings in Hopewell, New Jersey. A thick document file accompanies the car with tracking invoices for both professional care and some desirable improvements. These include the fitment of a Harvey Bailey handling kit which includes the popular upgrade to Koni rear shock absorbers, a hidden Crane electronic ignition system and a high torque starter, complemented by a virtually fresh set of deluxe TRS five-point racing harnesses.

The quality of the DB4's restoration remains unmistakable today, as inspiring underneath as up above, with no evidence of rust visible on the well-finished chassis. Paint, brightwork and general finish also belie the age of its refurbishment, and it is indeed cosmetically presentable for just about any purpose short of national concours level.

Starting and running 'on the button,' tracking straight and stopping as it should, 961/L produces strong power and is joyful to drive. Striking yet elegant in its classic silver livery, it is extremely attractive with its contrasting blue leather seats and plush wool carpeting. The finishing touches are the optional 'three-eared' knock-offs fitted to the correct chromed wire wheels.

Aston Martin DB4 Vantage 961/L represents an exceptional opportunity to acquire, own and enjoy a classic DB-series Aston in its preferred specification. The odometer shows 38,650 kms (presumably 138,650 kms or approximately 85,000 miles). Maintained and cherished by its last owner of ten years, it comes equipped and sorted for driving appeal, with a recent inspection by Steel Wings, and is complete with factory jack, hammer, faithful reproduction leather tool roll, owners handbook and workshop manual.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Auction: 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV

Gooding Company has a real gem on offer in this weekend Amelia Island auction in Florida. The beautiful Caribbean Pearl over blue car is being offered after 50 years of ownership with the original owner. This is a true museum find including all documentation, original tools and manuals

Description from the Gooding and Company Catalogue:

Coachwork by Touring
ENGINE NO. 370/863
$425,000 - $475,000
■Recently Discovered in Single-Family Ownership
■Delivered New to Toronto
■Matching-Numbers, Factory Left-Hand Drive Example
■Rare Color Combination of Caribbean Pearl over Blue
■Beautifully Preserved Paint, Interior and Compartments
■Offered with Tools, Jack, Owner’s Manual, Workshop Manual and Original Documents
■Ideal Candidate for Preservation Display

3,670 CC DOHC Alloy Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU HD8 Carburetors
240 HP at 5,500 RPM
4-Speed Full-Synchromesh Gearbox
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Dunlop Disc Brakes
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension
Live Axle Suspension with Trailing Links, Watts Linkage and Coil Springs.