1959 Aston Martin DB4

Sale Price
$1,926,000 - $2,888,000
Est. Range
5 February 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Auction House
Chassis no. 0138R; Engine no. 3700210GT. Bright green over black leather. 3670/302hp, triple Weber 45 DCOE 9 carburetors, ZF 5-speed, chrome wire wheels, Talbot fender mirrors, heater, Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel, metric speedo but Imperial engine gauges.

Evaluation: Factory replaced engine in the 1960s and later updated to the ZF 5-speed. Converted to left-hand drive in the U.S. during a late 1980s repair following a racing incident. Creased upholstery with scuffed driver’s seat bolster and piping. The catalog description says 5-speed but the shift lever shows only four. The paint is very good with some stone chips on the front valence and around the fuel filler caps. Provenance includes Nick Soprano and Peter Livanos. Some racing incidents in its past but expertly repaired and attractively presented. Good enough to own proudly, but also not too good to be driven as it should be.

Bottom Line: It’s an odd bright green color that may lie within the spectrum of the described “Aston Racing Green” but pushes the envelope. So, too, the checkered history. It was announced “for sale” at €1.1M and attracted only one more tiny bid to €1.15M where it was promptly sold. Said to be thoroughly documented in a book by Stephen Archer and Richard A. Candee, the result here speaks of significant doubts.

by Rick Carey
12 February 2021
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