Aston Martin DB4 Vantage
The DB4, introduced at the London Motor Show in 1958, immediately drew a large amount of interest from the motoring public, as it was to mark a major step in the evolution of the Aston Martin name. Designed by a highly dedicated team consisting of the general manager John Wyer, chassis engineer Harold Beach and engine designer Tadek Marek, the DB4 elevated the firm to the forefront of the great grand tourers. Top speed of these cars was advertised at some 140 mph with a zero to 60 time of about nine seconds, making the DB4 one of the fastest tourers of its time. The DB4 was the first Aston Martin to use the platform frame upon which the body was constructed with square tubular members. The DB4 was to go through many cosmetic changes in its five-year lifespan, from 1958 to 1963, with a total of 1,110 cars being produced.
The ‘Vantage’ option only became available when the 4th series DB4 entered production. 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 today’s current models.
They are outwardly identifiable by their slotted grille in combination with a better integrated, flatter bonnet scoop and the recessed and triple-stacked tail lamps, all features that carried over to the later DB5. With the Series IV cars came the introduction of the 'Special Series' engine in September 1961, which added a third SU HD8 carburettor, a higher compression ratio (9:1) and larger valves, which boosted horsepower by over 10 percent to a quoted 266 bhp, a useful increase over the already robust standard-specification engine. Most, but not all, 'SS'-engine-equipped DB4s were also enhanced with the attractively faired-in headlamps popularised by the iconic DB4GT and carried over to the DB5.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
“Special Series” form, 3,670 cc aluminium alloy engine with dual overhead camshafts and three SU HD8 carburettors, four-speed synchromesh alloy-cased gearbox, four-wheel coil-spring suspension, four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,490 mm.
Source: RM Auctions
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