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    / #1961-Aston-Martin-DB4-GT £4.75m

    / #Aston-Martin-DB4-GT / #1961-Aston-Martin-DB4 / #Aston-Martin-DB4 / #1961 / #Aston-Martin

    This excellent #Zagato evocation has a colourful past and is ready for the road or racetrack. If you have the money… Richard Gunn

    After being built as a standard DB4 GT in 1961 this car was modified by Aston Martin into a ‘DB GT Special’ in 1968, with a DB5 front and DB6 rear, along with other, ahem, enhancements. Never that highly regarded in enthusiast circles, despite subsequent ownership by AM boss Victor Gauntlett, it was rebuilt at the start of the 21st century by RS Williams to Sanction II Zagato spec, including a 4.2-litre engine. As a genuine DB4 GT, the car is eligible for historic competition and has raced at the Goodwood Revival.

    The bodywork is in beautiful condition. Aside from the odd stonechip up front, it’s practically flawless. The Coniston Sand paint is superb throughout, while the wheels – painted wires with Borrani hubs – have no flaws. They are clad with Michelin Pilote 185/80 R16 rubber with plenty of tread left. Undersealing has been applied. If you’re searching for faults then you have to look extremely closely. For example, the felt trim by the sill covers is becoming a little flaky. But that really is the limit of any issues. The bonnet sits slightly proud at its rear edge to aid cooling. It’s pretty spotless under the bonnet too. All fluids are where they should be, although the car will be serviced before sale and freshly MoT’d.

    Inside, there’s a full rollcage, Sabelt safety harnesses, a high-level LED brake light, bucket racing seats and a Halda Twinmaster tripmeter on the passenger side. The dashboard retains its original gauges, albeit with supplementary stickers on some of the faces; for example, marking the 16-litre fuel reserve. During our test, that particular dial was slightly vague.

    However, bonus points should be awarded for the working clock – on older Astons this is generally inoperative. Oil pressure is satisfactory at 80-100psi when hot. There is light scuffing to the driver’s seat leather, and the wood-rimmed steering wheel looks original, with a pleasing patina. As a car more set up for track than road, this Aston feels a little fussy in urban environments. It’s easy enough to drive, but not as smooth as a less-tuned DB4. However, it comes alive at speed, with an urgency and charisma that makes it a truly exciting car. It is very fast, sounds terrific and has slick handling with no worrying suspension or mechanical noises.

    While the clutch is on the heavy side – as expected – the four-speed manual gearbox is easy to use, although fourth proved a little evasive while the car was warming up. The brakes are effective enough to rein in the considerable speed potential, and free from problems, although a little squeaky. This is something Desmond J Smail intends to rectify before sale. At £4.75million, this is not cheap. But it’s a faithful evocation based on a real Aston DB4 GT. It is in exceptional condition and will allow membership of a very exclusive fraternity.

    DB4 is launched in 1958. The body by Touring uses Superleggera tube-frame construction, while the 3.7-litre six-cylinder dohc engine develops 240bhp. Shorter and lighter DB4 GT arrives in 1959 with 302bhp and enclosed headlamps – 75 cars are made and a further 19 have Zagato bodies.

    Series II from February 1960 with small detail changes. The short-lived Series III sees revised three-piece tail-lamps. Series IV cars switch from an egg-crate to barred front grille. A convertible model is added, plus a 266bhp Vantage and the rare Vantage GT.

    The Series V (September 1962) is longer, taller and most have enclosed headlamps that will be carried over to the DB5 in summer 1963.

    In 1987 Aston builds four more Zagatos from unused chassis numbers. These are known as ‘Sanction II’ cars. RS Williams gets permission to build another two, which were completed in 2000 and dubbed ‘Sanction III’ cars.

    Make: Aston Martin
    Model: DB4GT
    Year: 1961
    Exterior Colour: Coniston Sand
    Trim Colour: Black
    Carpet Colour: Black
    Date Registered: 15/05/1961
    Chassis Number: DB4/GT/0148/R
    Engine Number : 370/240/GT
    Transmission: Manual
    Hand of Drive: RHD

    Price £4.75m
    Contact Desmond J Smail, Olney, Bucks, MK46 4AP (01234 240636,
    Engine 4212cc, 6-cyl, dohc
    Power 352bhp @ 6000rpm / DIN
    Torque 330lb ft @ 4600rpm / DIN
    Top speed: 153mph
    0-60mph: 5.5sec
    Fuel consumption 14mpg
    Length 4229mm
    Width 1680mm

    Quote £7158.76 comprehensive, 5000 miles per year, garaged call: 0333 323 1181

    Goodwood Revival eligibility is just one of the benefits of owning this DB4 Zagato tribute. Bucket seats and rollcage – this car is happiest on the track. Engine is a genuine DB4 GT unit tweaked by RS Williams.
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    CAR #1958 #Aston-Marti-DB-MkIII £260,000 / #Aston-Marti-DB2-MkIII / #Aston-Martin-DB-2/4-Mark-III / #Aston-Martin-DB / #Aston-Martin /

    This car’s survived six decades without anybody feeling the need to comprehensively restore it, says Richard Gunn.

    The high prices of DB-series Aston Martins means many have been expensively rebuilt. So it’s fantastic to see one that’s survived close to 60 years with only minor renovations in all that time.

    Registered in July 1958, this Pacific Blue DB MkIII has seen some club racing, hence the Le Mans-style fuel filler cap, competition clutch and uprated dampers.

    All this features in a comprehensive if disorganised history file. The paperwork dates from the earliest days of the car, and it seems like every bill and correspondence has been kept. The original logbook is there, as well as lots of early letters between the first owner and Aston Martin, plus invoices, service records and MoTs. There is a gap in the history between 1974 and 1984, when it is believed the car was stored. The current owner got it in 2005 and maintained it mechanically – the engine was rebuilt in 2010 – but he kept the exterior original. As such, he body shows some signs of age; it’s presentable on the whole but there are paint issues including bubbling and cracking around both front wheelarches.

    The nose is stonechipped and the finish is dull and flat on the nearside bonnet top, with a small network of cracks there too. Another crack is apparent in the roof above the driver’s door. The chrome is tarnished in places, but this is only apparent up close. The #Avon-Turbospeed 165/95 16 89H tyres have lots of tread left.

    The engine was rebuilt in 2010 and is still very tidy, with its bank of triple SU carburettors topped off by shiny modern K&N cone air filters. All fluids were at healthy levels, and the area under the brake fluid reservoir is free from corrosion. The interior appears completely original.

    It’s well patinated but in a warm and inviting way. Some recolouring of scuff marks on the driver’s side bolster might be in order, while the occasional rear seats have a split in them. The grey carpets have some marks and the headlining is discoloured and stained in spots. By the driver’s footwell, the card lining is a little frayed in its top corner. There were no starting issues from cold, although the DB MkIII gives its best once fully warmed up. The idle does seem a little low, though. When cruising, the oil pressure gauge reads a healthy 60 to 70psi.

    This MkIII pulls well but doesn’t pamper the driver, with heavy steering and clutch, but the gearbox is easy to use. Overdrive didn’t seem to be functioning, however. The brakes are excellent. The fuel gauge and rev counter show fluctuating readings, but the temperature gauge stayed in the normal zone throughout our test-drive. This Aston has some age-related issues but it’s a solid car that drives well.

    The interior isn’t perfect but the marks, scufs and minor creases all add to the aged charm Once warmed up properly the inline sixcylinder engine performs beautifully.


    The Aston-Martin-DB2 is launched in 1950 as the replacement for the previous 2-Litre Sports (retrospectively known as the DB1). Unlike its fourcylinder predecessor, the new car uses a Lagonda six-cylinder engine of 2580cc producing 105bhp, or 120bhp in Vantage spec.

    The DB2 is developed into the DB2/4 during 1953, the extra digit denoting it can accommodate four occupants with its 2+2 seating arrangement. Power is up to 125bhp, then 140bhp when the 2922cc engine is introduced. Windscreen is now a onepiece curved item and a hatchback with larger glass area is introduced on fixed-head coupés (drophead variants are also available). A MkII in 1955 sees minor changes such as higher roof, small tailfins and a modified bonnet.

    The DB2/4 MkIII – usually known as simply DB MkIII – appears in 1957. Power from revised and stronger engine is now 162bhp and front disc brakes are fitted. The trademark Aston Martin grille shape, still in use today, makes its first appearance. Production ends in 1959.

    TECHNICAL DATA SPECIFICATIONS #1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII / #Aston-Martin-DB2

    Price £260,000
    Contact Desmond J Smail, Olney, Buckinghamshire (, 01234 240636)
    Engine 2922cc, inline six-cylinder, #DOHC / #Lagonda
    Power 162bhp@5500rpm
    Torque 180lb ft@4000rpm
    Top speed: 120mph;
    0-60mph: 9.3sec
    Fuel consumption: 18mpg
    Length: 4369mm
    Width: 1651mm
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    Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mark III Open Group

    Production 1957 - 1959

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