1961→1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible
Above Images ©Dirk de Jager
Tadek Marek's new 3.7 litre, six-cylinder twin overhead camshaft, all alloy engine first ran in 1956 and was raced in the DBR2 in 1957.
Work on the DB4 started in 1956, at the same time as the DB Mark III. The key people involved in the development of the DB4 were general manager John Wyer, chassis designer Harold Beach, and engine designer Tadek Marek. Every major component in the DB4 was new. The four-seater body was design by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, using their 'Superleggera' system by which alloy panels are fixed to a tubular frame built onto the very strong platform chassis.
The entirely new car was shown at the London Motor show in 1958, sharing a stand with the DB Mark III which was to continue in production for almost a year. The DB4 was the first production car to capable of 0-100-0 mph in under 30 sec. claiming to reach the 100 mph mark in 21 seconds. A very impressive car that put Aston Martin back in competition with other Mediterranean sports car manufacturers.
A four-seater convertible was announced at the London Motor Show in 1961.
By the time that the DB4 ended it's production run, there were five distinct series.
Story by Aston Martin Lagonda Limited
Auction Sales History
1962 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible DB4C/1053/L - sold for €1,219,000
One of the 21 examples manufactured to left hand drive specification. Delivered new to France and in present ownership since 1980. Sold new in May 1962 via Garage Mirabeau to a Monsieur Salmon, 144 Avenue des Champs Élysées, Paris. Ordered with Dubonnet with black Connolly hide interior trim, and equipped with an oil cooler and chromed wheels.
Auction Source: 2015 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible DB4C/1095/R - sold for $880,000
Formerly of the Bob Pond Collection. One of only 70 DB4 Convertibles built. Originally owned by brewing heiress Lady Henrietta Guinness. Fascinating history. During the drive back to London, the DB4 was involved in an accident, with Michael Beeby at the wheel. Amidst ensuing press, the car returned to Dorset with a note in the service records stating that it had been written off by the insurance company; however, further notes indicate that t... read more
Auction Source: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions
1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible Series IV DB4C/1099/L - sold for €805,000
Single family ownership from new. Left-hand drive chassis number 'DB4C/1099/L' is one of the very few DB4 convertibles manufactured with the 'SS' Vantage engine. Accompanying copy build sheets record that the car was delivered equipped with the Special Series engine, overdrive, intermediate silencers, oil cooler, chrome wheels, Bray block heater, and a detachable hardtop in black.
The finish is listed as Platinum with red Connolly hide int... read more
Auction Source: 2013 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Convertible 1068/L - sold for €492,430
An original LHD Vantage DB4, one of only 70 DB4 Convertibles built. Purchased new by famed actor and diplomat Sir Peter Ustinov. Complete with a copy of the original Aston Martin build sheet. Long-term ownership in a private Swiss collection.
Auction Source: 2011 Salon Privé Auction by RM
1962 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible DB4C/1065/R - sold for €326,469
The 1962 DB4 Convertible offered here, chassis DB4C/1065/R, is a handsome late-production example which incorporates the improvements of Series I through Series IV.
According to a copy of its original build sheet, one K. Motley, who lived at The Mill House in Kent, purchased the car new. The Aston Martin agent Brooklands delivered the car new on 19 September, 1962, with the car richly finished in Dubonnet (maroon) and Fawn Connolly trim. An... read more
Auction Source: 2010 Automobiles of London by RM Auctions