The Aston Martin DB4 Sports Car

                                             1961 Aston Martin DB4                  

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DB4 On The Track

                                             1961 Aston Martin DB4                                                                          This Aston duo was entered in the Pre 1963                                                        GT class at the Donington Historic Festival. Nice


     The Aston Martin DB4 sports car was introduced at the October 1958 London Motor Show as the Series 1 variant, and priced at £3,967.

     This 2+2 seater fixed head coupe was the successor to the DB2/4 Mark 3, and featured a restyled body, designed by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, and used aluminium panels on a lightweight tubular steel chassis. As a result, it produced a curb weight of 1308 kg.

     Its Italian styling was well received, and created quite a stir at the launch.

     It was fitted with Dunlop servo assisted disc brakes on each wheel, but were later replaced by Girling equivalents.

     Coil springs were used on the independent front suspension and the rear live axle, and an anti-roll bar was added.

     An interesting point was that customers were offered a choice of a number of different back axle ratios to suit their requirements, such as a 3.31:1 for high speed driving.

Series 1

     The Series 1 was produced from October 1958 until January 1960, and was identified by the fact that it had no over-riders on the bumpers and no window frames on the doors, which tended to produce increased wind noise when the car was driven fast

Series 2

     This variant was produced between January 1960 and April 1961, and featured:

  • Addition of door window frames
  • The size of the oil sump was increased to offset engine overheating, plus an optional oil cooler was offered
  • Larger front disc brakes were added

     During this period, nearly 400 Series 2's were built.

Series 3

     This was produced between April and September 1961, and featured the addition of three small rear lights which replaced the single unit on earlier models.

Series 4

      From September 1961 for the next year, the Series 4 was identified by the replacement of the eggcrate-styled grille with one consisting of bars, together with a restyled air scoop on the bonnet.

     An optional variant was offered with a more powerful engine fitted with three SU carburettors, and a cylinder head containing enlarged valves.

Series 5

     This final series, from September 1962 to 1963, was distinguished by:

  • A single, recessed rear light
  • The body was now higher and longer in order to provide increased internal space
  • The size of the wheels were reduced in order to keep the same overall height of the car
  • The front section was restyled to produce smoother lines carried forward from the Vantage and GT models

      When production ended in 1963, Aston Martin had produced a total of 1,110 of the Series 1-5 DB4 sports cars.                                                                  

                                                   Aston Martin DB4                   Image

                                             1962 Aston Martin DB4


     The DB4 was powered by a 3.7 litre, straight six, DOHC engine, with an aluminium alloy head and block, that developed 240 bhp at 5500 rpm, and 240 ft/lbs of torque at 4250 rpm.

      Linked to a four speed manual gearbox, and with a compression of 8.25:1, and two SU carburettors, it produced a top speed of 141 mph, with 0-60 mph in 8.5 secs.

     It delivered an overall fuel consumption of 17.7 mpg.

     Early models had an unfortunate tendency for the engine to overheat.

                                           Aston Martin DB4 Series 4             Image

Technical Data                          DB4          DB2/4 Mk3       DB2/4 Mark 2
Production                          1958-1963     1957-1959        1955-1957
Engine, cc                                3670               2922                  2922
Cylinders, bhp                        6, 240             6, 178                6, 165
Torque ft/lbs                            240                 176                    184
Top Speed mph                        141                 122                    120
0-60 mph, secs                        8.5                  8.8                      9.3
0-100 mph, secs                     21.0                25.3                    28.0
Standing 1/4 Mile, secs           16.1                16.8                    16.9


     Typical competitors of the Aston Martin DB4 included the following sports cars: Ferrari 250 GTO, Jaguar E-Type Series 1, and Porsche 911.

                                                                 Ferrari          Jaguar           Porsche
Technical Data                DB4           250 GTO      E-Type S1           911
Production                1958-1963         1963        1961-1964          1964
Engine, cc                       3670              2953            3781               1991
Cylinders, bhp               6, 240           12, 296          6, 265            6, 128
Torque ft/lbs                   240                217              260                128
Top Speed mph               141                174               150                131
0-60 mph, secs               8.5                 4.4                6.9                 8.7
0-100 mph, secs            21.0                  -                16.2               22.7
Standing 1/4 Mile, secs  16.1               12.7              14.7               16.1

                                                   Aston Martin DB4                  Image


     A typical price of the various series of an Aston Martin DB4 sports car are: Series 1 = $270,000/£170,000, Series 2 = $350,000/£220,000, Series 3 = $220,000/£140,000, Series 4 = $420,000/£260,000, and Series 5 = $330,000/£200,000.

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