1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Fastback Coupe / DB4/718/R Vehicle Information

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II photograph

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II photograph

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II
Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring
Chassis #: DB4/718/R
Engine #: 370/755
High bid of $290,000 at 2014 RM Auctions at Monterey. (did not sell)
The Aston Martin DB4 made its introduction at the 1958 London Motor Show. It had a rigid box-frame chassis, developed under Harold Beach, and featured a coil-over A-arm front suspension with an anti-sway bar and a live rear axle with trailing arms, a proper Watts linkage, and coil springs. The coachwork was styled in Italy by Carrozzeria Touring, using their patented Superleggera process of small-diameter steel tubing to support body panels made of light alloy.

The DB4 was powered by an alloy six-cylinder twin-cam unit that was designed by engineer, Czech-born Tadek Marek. The lightweight alloy-cased, four-speed synchromesh gearbox was also an in-house design, built by David Brown's gear and machine tool division. Stopping power was provided by four-wheel disc brakes.

This example, chassis number DB4/718/R, was delivered on July 27, 1961, through agent C. Williams. The car was outfitted with Smith instruments in mph, a heated backlight, two Marchal fog lamps, and a Motorola 818 radio. The car was finished in the body color of Snow Shadow Grey over Dark Blue Connolly trim. It spent a quarter-century in England where it was registered as 7727 JW. The 'JW' refers to John Windridge, a senior director of Castrol Limited.

During its first few years of ownership, the car saw extensive use. The second caretaker was Ronald Rawden. Mr. Rawden found the DB4 in a garage in Woodford, Essex. In the late 1960s, the car was in the care of Mr. Sudbury, of Suffolk, who acquired the car with 21,589 miles on its odometer in September 1969 and commissioned a full road inspection and new battery. It is believed that not long after, the car was escorted to a new home in the United States. An individual from Mississippi became the car's next owner.

The car still wears its repaint in Caribbean Blue from the 1960s. Currently, the car does not run or drive.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014


2014 RM Auctions at Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $300,000-USD $375,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $290,000

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1961 sales)
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II
Chassis#: DB4/558/L
Sold for USD$577,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II image  1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II image  
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Sports Saloon Coachwork by Touring
Chassis#: DB4/525/L
Sold for USD$434,000
  2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II image  
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II
Chassis#: DB4/580/L
Sold for USD$748,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II image  1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II image  
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series III' Sports Saloon Project
Chassis#: DB4/748/R
Sold for USD$291,316
  2017 Bonhams : The Aston Martin Sale
 
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series III' 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: DB4/709/R
Sold for USD$515,584
  2017 Bonhams : The Aston Martin Sale
 
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II
Chassis#: DB4/490/L
Sold for USD$690,368
  2016 RM Sotheby's : London Sale
 
1961 Aston Martin DB4
Chassis#: DB4/679/L
Sold for USD$600,646
  2016 Rétromobile 2016 by Artcurial Motorcars
 
1961 Aston Martin DB4
Chassis#: DB4/580/L
Sold for USD$797,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II image  1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II image  
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Lightweight Racing Car
Chassis#: BC7A
Sold for USD$249,116
  2012 RM Auctions - London
 
1961 Aston Martin DB4 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: DB4/755/R
Sold for USD$214,973
  2012 Bonhams - The Aston Martin Works Service Sale
 
1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Coupe
Chassis#: DB4/GT/0142/L
Sold for USD$1,201,372
  2012 Bonhams - Paris, La Halle Freyssinet Motocars
 
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Convertible
Chassis#: 1068L
Sold for USD$697,087
  2011 RM Auctions - Salon Privé
 
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Sport Saloon
Chassis#: DB4/527/R
Sold for USD$189,937
  2011 Bonhams - Newport Pagnell, Aston Martin Works Service
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II image  1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II image  
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Sports Saloon
Chassis#: DB4/529/R
Sold for USD$252,437
  2011 Bonhams - Newport Pagnell, Aston Martin Works Service
 
1961 Aston Martin DB4GT 4.0-Litre Recreation
Chassis#: DB4/683/R
Sold for USD$359,581
  2011 Bonhams - Newport Pagnell, Aston Martin Works Service
 
1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 SERIES III SPORTS SALOON
Sold for USD$151,234
  2011 Rétromobile
 
1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 SERIES III SALOON
Chassis#: DB4/634/R
Sold for USD$250,921
  2011 Rétromobile
 
1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Lightweight Racer'
Chassis#: DB4/682/R
Sold for USD$179,861
  2009 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Sports Saloon
Chassis#: DB4/517/R
Sold for USD$156,741
  2009 Bonhams - Goodwood Revival, Chichester, Sussex
 
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Lightweight Competition Saloon
Chassis#: DB4/744/R
Sold for USD$84,000
  2009 Aston Martin Lagonda Limited
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1961 Aston Martin DB4DB4/566/L2019 RM Sothebys : London $310,000$350,000
1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 SERIES II 2017 Dragone Lime Rock Park $575,000$625,000
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Sports SaloonDB4/569/L2017 Bonhams : The Aston Martin Sale $350,000$400,000
1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 SERIES 2 SPORTS SALOONDB4/566/L2016 Bonhams : The Aston Martin Works Sale $550,000$600,000
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Sports Saloon529/R2015 Bonhams : Bond Street Motor Car Sale   
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IIDB4/558/L2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $800,000$1,000,000
1961 Aston Martin DB4DB4/718/R2014 RM Auctions at Monterey$290,000$300,000$375,000
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Sports SaloonDB4/541/R2012 Bonhams The Aston Martin Works Service Sale $150,000$170,000
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GTDB4/GT/0145/R2011 RM Auctions London$1,255,800$780,000$880,000
1961 Aston Martin DB4 CoupeDB4527R2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions$140,000$175,000$225,000
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II 2+2 CoupeDB4/527/R2010 Bonhams Quail Lodge $200,000$250,000
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series III Sports SaloonDB4/672/R2009 Aston Martin Lagonda Limited $90,000$110,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB41960 FastBack Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 GT1960 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 GT1960 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 GT1960 GT Coupe
Chassis Num: 0166/L
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 GT1960 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 0199
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB41960 FastBack Coupe
Chassis Num: 1DDB-4/358/l
Engine Num: 370/487
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB41960 FastBack Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: DB4/245/L
Engine Num: 370/243
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB41960 FastBack Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: DB4/287/L
Engine Num: 370/293
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB41960 FastBack Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: DB4/305/R
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB41960 FastBack Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: DB4/310/L
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB41960 FastBack Coupe
Chassis Num: DB4/342/R
Engine Num: 370/362
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB41960 FastBack Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: DB4/347/L
Engine Num: 370/367
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB41960 FastBack Coupe
Chassis Num: DB4/395/R
Engine Num: 370/390
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB41960 FastBack Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: DB4/458/L
Engine Num: 370/389
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB41960 FastBack Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: DB4/488/L
Engine Num: 370/491
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 GT1960 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: DB4/GT/0119/L
Engine Num: 370/0275/GT
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 GT1960 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: DB4/GT/0141/L
Engine Num: 370/0141/L
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 GT1960 GT Coupe
Chassis Num: DB4GT/0104/L
Engine Num: 370/0104/GT
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 Series II1961 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato1961 GT Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato1961 GT Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 0186R
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato1961 GT Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 187L
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 Series II1961 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: DB4/525/L
Engine Num: 370/546
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 Series II1961 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: DB4/527/R
Engine Num: 370/538
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 Series II1961 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: DB4/527/R
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 Series II1961 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: DB4/558/L
Engine Num: 370/567
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 Series II1961 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: DB4/580/L
Engine Num: 370/584
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 Series II1961 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: DB4/718/R
Engine Num: 370/755
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato1961 GT Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: DB4/GT/0180/L
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 Series II1961 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: DB41342R
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 Series II1961 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: DB4527R
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato1961 GT Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: IVEV
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB41963 GT Coupe
Chassis Num: DB4 /1144/R
Engine Num: 400/1358
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB41963 GT Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: DB4/1121/R
Engine Num: 370/0200/GT
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB41963 GT Coupe
Chassis Num: DB4/1131/L
Engine Num: 370/1212/GT
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB41963 Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: DB4C/1095/R
Engine Num: 370/1092


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