Aston Martin DB4 Race Car

David Brown’s DB4 took the motoring world by storm when it was unveiled at the London Motor Show back in 1958. Its introduction was a significant achievement for the small British manufacturer. The thoroughly modern 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 and 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.

As for its racing potential, suffice it to say that the prototype of its competition variant, the DB4 GT, won its first outing at Silverstone in May 1959 in the hands of Stirling Moss, the same year Aston Martin took the World Sports Car Championship title. Over the years, the DB4 has proven itself a tremendously capable entrant in historic racing as well, particularly in the very competitive AMOC series.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

416 bhp, 4.5 liter dual overhead camshaft six-cylinder engine with Weber 55 carburetors, four-speed gearbox, four-wheel coil-spring suspension – independent to the front, solid rear axle with trailing arms and Watt’s linkage, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98"

Source: RM Auctions

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