1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV

In September 1961, the DB4 received some of the most notable revisions since its introduction in 1958. This included an egg-crate grill and a slimmer, more squared-off front hood scoop.

Available as an option was the Special Series engine with three SU HD8 carburetors and a new cylinder head with larger valves. A full Vantage-spec DB4 Series IV included this engine with covered headlights from the DB4 GT.

Our feature DB4 Series IV, chassis DB4/827/L, was originally delivered to Ontario, Canada in Caribbean Pearl with dark blue Connolly leather. Retained by the same family for over 50 years and kept in original condition.

At their 2011 Amelia Island sale, Gooding & Company sold DB4/827/L for $440,000 USD. It had only 39,262 miles on the odometer with original exterior paint, date-coded Triplex glass, Lucas Le Mans headlamps, window felt, rubber weather stripping. It was sold with the original owner’s manual, the sales agent’s business card, jack, Dunlop RS5 spare and leather jack straps.

In 2012 the car was thoroughly cleaned for inclusion into the Post-war preservation class at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
built at England
coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring
price $ $ 9,770
price £/td> £3,976
engine Inline-6
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
block material All Aluminum
valvetrain DOHC
fuel feed SU Carburettors
displacement 3670 cc / 224.0 in³
bore 91.95 mm / 3.62 in
stroke 91.9 mm / 3.62 in
compression 8.25:1
engine designer Tadek Marek
power 179.0 kw / 240 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output 65.4 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 183.49 bhp per tonne
torque 332.2 nm / 245.0 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
body / frame Aluminum Panels over Box-Section Steel & Tubular Steel Chassis
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Wire Wheels
front brakes Dunlop Discs
rear brakes Dunlop Discs
front wheels F 40.6 x 15.2 cm / 16.0 x 6.0 in
rear wheels R 40.6 x 15.2 cm / 16.0 x 6.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion
f suspension A-Arms w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Rigid Axle w/Watt Linkage, Coil Springs, Dampers
curb weight 1308 kg / 2884 lbs
wheelbase 2489 mm / 98.0 in
front track 1372 mm / 54.0 in
rear track 1359 mm / 53.5 in
length 4489 mm / 176.7 in
width 1676 mm / 66.0 in
height 1321 mm / 52.0 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual or 3-Speed Auto
gear ratios 2.49:1, 1.74:1, 1.25:1, 1.00:1
final drive 3.54:1
top speed ~225.6 kph / 140.2 mph
0 – 60 mph ~8.5 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~18.3 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~16.1 seconds
combined fuel econ eu 16.0 L/100 km or 14.70 mpg-us

Auction Sales History

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV

1962 Aston Martin DB4/870/R – sold for $423,500 Formerly of the Bob Pond Collection. Purchased new by female British rally driver Mary Handley-Page. Winner of multiple AMOC concours awards. Recently serviced by Aston Martin specialists.
Auction Source: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV DB4/828/L – sold for $412,500 Desirable Late-Production DB4. Factory Left-Hand-Drive Example. Delivered New to Valencia, Spain. Single-Family Ownership for Almost 50 Years. Classic Aston Martin Livery. Recent Cosmetic and Mechanical Attention. Perfect for AMOC Events, Rallies, and Shows.
Auction Source: The 2013 Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV
1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV DB4/794/L – sold for $572,000 Original California delivery, factory left-hand drive vehicle. Fitted with desirable overdrive option. Matching numbers. Fresh, superb concours level restoration by marque specialists.
Auction Source: Monterey 2012 by RM Auctions
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV – sold for $385,000 Desirable Late-Production DB4. Factory Left-Hand-Drive Example. Delivered New to Valencia, Spain. Single-Family Ownership for Almost 50 Years. Beautifully Preserved Original Interior. Classic Aston Martin Livery. Perfect for AMOC Events, Rallies and Shows.
Auction Source: 2011 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV DB4/827/L – sold for $440,000 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.
Auction Source: 2011 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company