First delivered to Castrol UK Ltd, it retains its original engine and interior, having spent years in a barn in Mississippi. A nut-and-bolt restoration seems inevitable, so to retain any of its lived-in charm would be a major achievement, but even with a potential £250,000 bill for a rebuild, it ticks almost every box: it’s a beautiful colour, it’s complete and most important of all, it’s never been restored.
The research team from RM Auctions have so far been unable to put much flesh on the bones of the car’s story, saying only that the current owner – the one offering it for sale – is not the person who discovered it, and that the former owner is reluctant to disclose details of its discovery or the reasons for what has obviously been a long internment. We can deduce that it didn’t spend long enough on the road in America to be re-registered; will more facts emerge after the sale?
Everything about this Aston-Martin DB4 – paint, interior, engine – is original, which will serve only to bolster an expected stratospheric sale price when it goes to auction in August.