JD Classics are delighted to offer this very rare Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage, being one of only three which were originally fitted with an automatic transmission.
The DB4 was introduced in October 1958 and by the time it was discontinued in 1963 it had evolved considerably with five distinct series being recognised. The last of these, the Series V, closely resembled its successor, the DB5, with a 3.5 inch longer wheelbase, which allowed for increased leg room and boot space, and more cabin space provided by a higher roof line. It also featured 15 inch wheels, an electric radiator fan as standard and a DB4GT instrument panel. With only some 50 cars built in this final incarnation of the DB4, the Series V has always been a rare and highly desirable Aston Martin.
The example offered here is an original UK RHD car delivered new in August 1963 to Mr H Seligman of Buckinghamshire, finished in Goodwood Green and its rarity is enhanced by the fact that it is one of only three cars that were fitted with a Borg-Warner automatic transmission from new. Interestingly the original factory build sheet reveals several other non-standard features including a heated rear screen, Vantage Spec, Sundym glass windscreen, a Motorola radio, which is still fitted to the car, and deletion of the oil cooler.
Today the car is offered in wonderful condition and drives fantastically having recently received a comprehensive mechanical overhaul by noted specialists including the installation of a full handling kit with front Koni dampers, billet aluminium lever-arm rear dampers and anti-roll bars. In addition the brakes have been upgraded with stainless steel pistons in aluminium piston housings (as per the original Dunlop units) and adjustable electric power steering has been installed to further complement the driving experience. As part of the mechanical work a correct four-speed manual gearbox was fitted, while retaining the original automatic unit, and a total engine rebuild was undertaken by Aston Engineering during which time the engine was uprated to 4.2 Litres, fitted with an unleaded cylinder head and brought up to SS specification with the fitting of triple carburettors.
Cosmetically the car is delightful and presents wonderfully in its factory original Goodwood Green. Its well executed detailing is further epitomised by Turrino wheels and a refined interior that has been re-trimmed to perfection in Red leather. Importantly the car also retains its original registration and, being accompanied by the aforementioned Borg-Warner gearbox, retains full matching numbers.
A genuine three owner car from new that has always maintained regardless of cost, this DB4 is supplied with a comprehensive history file which includes the factory build sheet, service history from the Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell from 1973-1999 and informative correspondence from Aston Martin to the first two owners. There are also a large number of invoices, receipts, tax discs and previous MoT certificates from 1973 onwards, which all contribute to this car’s fascinating history. Please contact us for further details.
Report by www.jdclassics.co.uk