A pair of Aston Martin DB4s for road and track is up for grabs
Why settle for one Aston Martin DB4 when you could bag a brace of them? That’s the question British dealer Bell Sport & Classic is hoping will be answered by a wealthy buyer as it offers a 1960 DB4 GT and a 1961 DB4 race car for sale.
The road car is actually a recreation GT, converted in 2002 by Aston Martin restorer Goldsmith & Young. It has enclosed headlights, a shorter wheelbase and no rear seats, like an original GT. However, with its 4.2-liter engine, it packs more punch than the factory 3.7 or 3.8-liter cars. The twin-spark motor also has triple Weber carburetors and Cosworth pistons. The David Brown gearbox has been upgraded to include overdrive and the suspension is lowered, with adjustable linkages.
What better to park next to it in the garage than a highly-successful DB4 racer? Having begun its life as a standard DB4 the car competed in sprints and hillclimbs into the 1980s. It was converted to lightweight specification and then sold to a Japanese collector. On returning to the U.K. it was bought by Lord Conor O’Brien who raced it from 2000-2012, competing in 97 events and apparently only failing to finish three times. Its aristocratic owner then sold it and the current keeper has campaigned it in Aston Martin Owners’ Club events where its 4.5-liter, 415-hp six-cylinder engine has continued to serve it well. The car has a full rollcage, racing seat, and six-point harness for track duties.
With Aston Martin’s own recreation DB4 GTs commanding well in excess of $1 million, Tim Kearns, Managing Director of Bell Sport & Classic, isn’t shy about the significance of this DB4 duo. “Without doubt, these two cars are arguably one of the most desirable pairings of historic Aston Martin models on sale in the world right now,” he said.