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1961 Aston Martin DB4

Coupe
$293,173
Sale Price
$289,000 - $385,000
Est. Range
No
Reserve
5 February 2021
Sold Date
26
Lot Number
#3-
Visually maintained, largely original
Artcurial
Auction House
Chassis no. DB4704L; Engine no. 4001958. Metallic blue over red leather. 4.0-liter DB5 engine with SU carburetors, 5-speed, chrome wire wheels, dual outside mirrors.

Evaluation: The front seats have been recovered but the rear seat is original, as is much of the interior trim and the aged carpets. The paint is old, blotchy, nicked, and chipped. The bumpers and other chrome are rusty and thin. The engine compartment is orderly but aged with old, probably original, paint. It’s all there but the car is aged and has multiple needs.

Bottom Line: Discounted by Artcurial in the estimate range, then again by the bidders, the DB5 engine may offer 42 more horsepower plus the driving enjoyment of the 5-speed but the departure from original specifications is a powerful handicap to value exacerbated by the neglected old condition. In the end, this is a realistic compromise between the intrinsic value of a DB4 and the condition and departure from original specs of this example.

by Rick Carey
12 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.
N/A
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