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1960 Aston Martin DB4

GT Coupe
$2,769,938
Sale Price
$2,665,000 - $3,506,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
19 February 2021
Sold Date
103
Lot Number
#4
Incomplete resoration
Bonhams
Auction House
Chassis no. DB4GT0113R; Engine no. 370/0113/GT. Snow Shadow Grey. 3670/314hp, triple Weber carburetors, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels.

Evaluation: Represented as the matching numbers engine and gearbox. Partially restored, from the estate of David Picking. Bodywork, paint and chassis are done, the engine compartment is wired and redone, everything else is uncatalogued, in boxes or loose. Accompanied by numerous parts including old, red leather, upholstery and interior trim, the dirty original engine on a stand, the original rear window (no windshield). There are many other parts including exterior trim that have not been restored. Likewise the old, dirty Webers, gauges and gearbox. Very much a treasure hunt puzzle only for the committed and well-heeled.

Bottom Line: It took a long time to get here, opening at GBP 600 and taking 22 more bids, but having paid this much for this puzzle the new owner is very much committed and reliant upon the skills and competence of a like-minded restorer. The project has more than a small element of challenge built into the price, but there will be an intangible reward at the project’s end both in driving the car and in having saved it for posterity.

by Rick Carey
25 February 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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