1961 Aston Martin DB4

Gooding & Company's latest online auction averages $1.28M per car
Thursday, 28 January - Friday, 5 February 2021
£2,750,000 ($3,771,350)
Sale Price
£2,000,000 - £2,500,000
Est. Range
5 February 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Recent restoration
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis no. DB4GT0144L; Engine no. 3700144GT. Black Pearl over dark blue leather. LHD. Engine enlarged to 4.7 liters, triple-Weber 45DCOE carburettors, 4-speed, Girling disc brakes all round, Borrani wire wheels, twin competition-style quick-release external fuel fillers, extended range fuel tank, boot mounted spare wheel, tool roll and jack stand.

Evaluation: Sold new in Switzerland. Modified at Frua in the late 1960s with a DB6-style tail, rear seats, driving lights, and a DB5 5-speed. Restored in 2020 and put to all correct specs. Presented as a matching numbers original car, and as one of 75 made (one of 30 with left-hand drive).

The very recent paint has some imperfections. It could be the light in this storage building but the grey metallic looks different shades, and there are some small bubbles visible on the roof. There’s only one minor chip to the frontal area. The gorgeous bonnet scoop is let down by uneven dips on the flatter areas. The grille is a replacement and looks like a modern take, a good attempt but the mesh doesn’t look quite right. The chrome work is perfection. The wire wheels are very smart and reveal newly painted brake calipers. The passenger’s door has issues, as it opens stiffly and only halfway, while the lower trim on the driver’s side rear quarter window is bent and nearly touching the door skin. The seat leather is superb and fresh but the carpets are nylon and disappoint. Inherently a very desirable car and it wears a fresh restoration, but it misses on some important details.

Bottom Line: The DB4 GT is among the most desirable cars to wear an Aston Martin badge, and this one was far and away the most expensive lot of the “European Sporting & Historic Collection” despite its flaws and its left-hand drive configuration. Gooding sold a better example in Pebble Beach 2019 for $3.6M. Meanwhile, across the channel on the same day as Gooding’s Geared Online sale closed, Artcurial sold a worse (but not bad) DB4 GT for €1,358,800 ($1,635,316) at its “Parisienne” sale, an inexplicably modest result. This result therefore seems well on the expensive side, but genuine DB4 GTs don’t exactly pop up for sale every day and the buyer here may have had their heart set on one.

by Andrew Newton
11 February 2021
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