Aston Martin DB4 SERIES II 1961 for sale

Five years in development, the Aston DB4 was a completely new animal for Aston Martin, sharing close to nothing with its predecessor, the DB 2/4 Mk III. To many collectors the DB4 is a perfectly proportioned motorcar and is the car that paved the way for the DB5 and DB6 cars. The tubular chassis design of the DB 2/4 MkIII was replaced by a completely new steel frame design. The body was also now designed by Touring of Milan, using their praised Superleggera construction process, with hand-formed aluminum alloy panels over small-diameter steel tubing.

Tadek Marek designed a new DOHC 6 cylinder engine, inspired by and based on the DBR2 racing motor and was capable of propelling the DB4 to 141 mph, with four-wheel disc brakes to bring it down from speed. The prototype was taken to Brown’s farm for him to test in 1957, and, with typical understatement, he pronounced it “a very promising motor car.” As the DB4 underwent numerous changes throughout its five-year production, the AMOC Register has divided DB4s into five series, which roughly correspond to the continuous running changes during production. To many, the series II’s are amongst the most striking versions of the DB4, having some of the most outstanding features of all the DB4’s.

This car, chassis # DB4496L, is an original left hand drive car sold new in New York City in 1961 to a Mr. Sidney Rapoport who owned the car for the next 20 years. Mr. Rapoport sent the car back to Aston Martin shortly after purchasing it in 1961 because he had decided he wanted to change the color to British racing green and had the sunroof added for better ventilation. It wasn't until 1985 when the car was sold to its next owner, a Mr. John L. McDonald. During his ownership of the car he had the car painted and reupholstered by Automotive Restorations of Stratford, Connecticut in the late 1980’s and new brakes and clutch installed. At this time the car was stripped to bare aluminum and painted back to its original colors of Silver with a red interior. He showed the car at the Lime Rock Concours winning second in its class. In 1994 the car was then sold to its current owner who during his time with the car has had the engine completely rebuilt by Frank Buonanno at Black Horse garage of Bridgeport, Connecticut in 2001. Following the engine rebuild the car completed the New England 1000 rally twice and in 2014 the car had a new clutch installed. This is a chance to own a wonderfully well sorted, and very original matching numbers DB4 series II with a documented 3 owners from new history. An admirable value in today’s market.

Auction: Dragone's Lime Rock Auction September 3rd
Seller: Dragone Auctions
Phone: +1 203.335.4643

Details for Aston Martin DB4 SERIES II 1961 for sale

Make: Aston Martin
Year: 1961
Price: Auction
USD on_request
Advert ID: 225090
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