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1960 Aston Martin DB4

$340,500
Sale Price
$260,000 - $320,000
Est. Range
No
Reserve
13 August 2021
Sold Date
39
Lot Number
#3
Visually maintained, largely original
Bonhams
Auction House
Chassis no. DB4438L; Engine no. 370438L. Peony Red over Champagne leather. 3670/243hp, 4-speed, wire wheels, Firestone tires, woodrim steering wheel, rear defrost, added Alpine cassette stereo.

Evaluation: Delivered new in Switzerland. Represented as matching numbers. Tired paint with detail scratching throughout and several chips around the front of the hood. Large tough up and two shallow dents at the back of the driver’s door as well. Scratched window frames. Old, mildly discolored, and heavily wrinkled leather. Never fully restored and driven as intended. Looks solid enough to be an event car, but it has been sitting since 2007 and needs attention before actually using it in an event.

Bottom Line: With a superb DB4 GT on offer at Gooding and a genuine DB4 GT Zagato on offer over at RM it was easy to overlook this somewhat neglected “regular” DB4 at Bonhams. But the Quail bidders didn’t overlook it, they just appropriately discounted it for the attention it needs.

by Andrew Newton
31 August 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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