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1962 Aston Martin DB4

Aston Model began work on an all-new model during the 1950s with development concurrent with the DB2-derived DB Mark III, which remained in production until 1959. The new car was called the DB4 and made its introduction at the Paris Motor Show during the autumn of 1958. Touring of Milan clothed the car with the signature 'Superleggera' construction. Power was from an all-new engine designed by Tadek Marek. The chassis, designed by Harold Beach, was both simpler in design and more rigid than the prior car. At all four corners were four-wheel Dunlop (and later Girling) disc brakes. The Marek-designed DOHC straight-six engine displaced 3670cc and was constructed from aluminum. In standard tune, it offered 240 horsepower with its dual SU carburetors. The engine was backed by a new David Brown four-speed all-synchromesh unit.

Aston Martin did not officially distinguish between the various changes and versions of the DB4 during its production lifespan, however, enthusiasts have since grouped these cars into five cars. The Series I cars had a rear-hinged bonnet while the Series II were switched to front-hinged bonnets. Other changes included enlarged brake calipers, and a two-pint increase in oil capacity to help with high-speed overheating. The Series III cars had dual bonnet stays, an electric tachometer, and separate tail lamps on a polished aluminum plate. The Series IV cars had a four-speed gearbox with overdrive, a revised grille with seven fine vertical elements, a recessed tail lamp mounting, and a lower-profile hood scoop. The final fifth series cars were manufactured between September 1962 and June 1963 and came with a longer (by 3.5-inches) wheelbase which provided additional leg room and a larger boot, and a 15-inch wheelbase. Other features included a DB4GT-type instrument panel and an electric radiator fan.

The Series IV cars, introduced in September of 1961, arrived with a 'Special Series' (SS) or 'Vantage' engine available as optional equipment. The 'SS' had a 9.0:1 compression ratio, triple SU HD8 carburetors, larger valves, and developed 266 horsepower at 5,750 RPM. This was a gain of 26 horsepower over the standard unit. Nearly all DB4 Vantages received the faired-in headlights of the DB4GT. The original 'James Bond' car used in the filming of Goldfinger was a DB4 Series V, as its appearance was virtually identical to the DB5 which at that time was not ready.

The Touring-styled Aston Martin DB4 established a style and appearance that would persist, with only minor updates and revisions, until 1970. At the time of its launch in October of 1958, the DB4 was the first car of the David Brown era that neither used an engine designed at Lagonda under the direction of W.O. Bentley nor used a chassis derived from the experimental Atom of 1939. Additionally, it was the first Aston Martin to wear Carrozzeria Touring's 'Superleggera' coachwork. The styling was by Touring but the coachwork was actually built under license at Newport Pagnell by Aston Martin. The DB4 was the first production car capable of going from 0-100-0 mph in less than 30 seconds.

DB4GT Zagato
As the 1950s came to an end and the 1960s came into sight, Aston Martin was in an all-out fight for supremacy in the World Sport Championship. Every season brought out new, exciting, exceptional, and advanced vehicles, and the competition at the track was just as fierce in the showroom.

Aston Martin ended the 1950s with a 1-2 victory at the 24 Hours of LeMans with the DBR1, with the next four spots going to Ferrari. For the next season, Ferrari's aging 250 GT 'Tour de France' was updated with the SWB Berlinetta. Trying to hold back the onslaught of competitions-specification Berlinettas, Aston Martin introduced the DB4GT with coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato. The completed product was unveiled at the 1960 London Motor Show and many thought it was the coachbuilder's finest design, one that was instantly recognizable as both a Zagato and an Aston Martin. The front had a slightly elongated nose with a more pronounced grille, and the stance was more voluptuous and aggressive than the outgoing DB4GT. The taillights were set into the fenders, and the rear windshield grew as the C-pillars shrunk in size. Nearly 50 kilograms of weight were reduced while an additional 12 horsepower was added to the engine's output.

A total of 19 DB4 GTs were given coachwork by Zagato. They provided direct competition to Italy and the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlientta and the 250 GTO, and both marques would boast wins on the world's most competitive stages. In comparison to the 250 GTO which was also a handcrafted, aluminum bodywork design icon and engineering masterpiece, nearly half as many DB4 GT Zagatos were built, making them even more exclusive.

A total of seventy-five GTs were built, with an additional 19 being the Zagato bodied GTs. A single car was styled by Bertone and called the Bertone Jet.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2019

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The Aston Martin DB4 was first introduced to the public at the 1958 Paris Salon and powered by a 3.7-liter straight eight and clothed in an aluminum body. Touring of Milan was tasked with creating the design. The Aston Martin DB4 GT was introduced a year later at the London Motor Show and was based on the race winning prototype SP1991. 1959 was a great year for Aston martin as they had won the World....
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1962 Vehicle Profiles

1962 Aston Martin DB4 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 0153/L GT
Engine Num: 0152 GT

When Aston Martin introduced their DB2 in 1950, it was clear that the clean, modern body with its 2.6-liter engine was destined for greatness. The DB3 racer that followed was very fast but its Achilles heel was its poor reliability. Its successor, th....[continue reading]

1962 Aston Martin DB4 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: DB4C/1064/R
Engine Num: 370/1016/SS

Of the entire production of 1,213 Aston Martin DB4's, only 70 were convertibles, 32 of these were 'Vantage' models fitted with Special Series engines. The Special series engines carry triple SU carburetors and 9 to 1 compression ratio, developing 26....[continue reading]

1962 Aston Martin DB4 vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: B4/910/R

Development work began on an all-new Aston Martin in 1956, running concurrently with the DB2-derived DB Mark III, which was produced in 1959. The new car was dubbed the DB4 and introduced at the Paris Motor Show during the autumn of 1958. With 'Super....[continue reading]

1962 Aston Martin DB4 vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4/589/L
Engine Num: 370/565

This Touring bodied Series II fastback was completed at the Newport Pagnell factory on March 24, 1961. Three days later it was sent to Charles Hornburg's Sunset Boulevard dealership. At the time, the car finished in black with a fawn interior and fit....[continue reading]

1962 Aston Martin DB4 vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4/870/R
Engine Num: 370/879

The 1962 Aston Martin DB4 finished in maroon paintwork with ivory leather interior was offered for sale at the 2006 RM Auction in Monterey CA where it was estimated to sell between $175,000-$225,000. It is powered by a 3670-cc six-cylinder engine whi....[continue reading]

1962 Aston Martin DB4 vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: 778

This Aston Martin DB4 Mark IV is chassis number 778. It was the Los Angeles Auto Show display car and equipped by the factory with several rare options including the most powerful Vantage engine, four-speed overdrive gearbox, special series DB4 GT ga....[continue reading]

1962 Aston Martin DB4 vehicle information

Chassis Num: DB4/559/L

This Aston Martin DB4, chassis number DB4/559/L, is one of two known replica DB214s based on DB4 and DB5GT chassis. It was built for Martin Brewer of Runnymede Motor Company and used DB4/559/L as the basis. The work was completed in 2005 and given th....[continue reading]

1962 Aston Martin DB4 vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4/794/L
Engine Num: 370/841

The Aston Martin DB4 was a totally new car that was unveiled at the 1958 Paris Salon. It had a new and robust steel platform chassis engineered by Harold Beech, who had taken over as Aston Martin chief designer from Robert Eberan von Eberhorst. It wa....[continue reading]

1962 Aston Martin DB4 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: DB4C/1175/L
Engine Num: 370/1178

Last left hand drive convertible made. The Series DB4 was the last refinement of the model. With a lengthened chassis of 3.5 inches, this added the needed leg and head room to the car. The dash panel had a full array of GT gauges. This car is fitted ....[continue reading]

1962 Aston Martin DB4 vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

The DB4 with its Superleggera (tube framed) body designed by Carrozzeria Touring of Italy, and an all-new 3.7 liter, six-cylinder twin overhead cam engine, rushed in a new modern era for Aston Martin. With servo-assisted disc brakes, independent fron....[continue reading]

1962 Aston Martin DB4 vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Zagato

Chassis Num: DB4GT/0186/R

The Aston Martin DB4GT was developed specifically to beat the dominant Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta in FIA's Grand Touring Car World Championship of 1960. The DB4GT debuted at the 1959 London Motor Show, and it won its first race at Silverstone, dri....[continue reading]

1962 Aston Martin DB4 vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4/817/L
Engine Num: 370/790

This Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Coupe was originally ordered by a New York dealer in November of 1961. It was sold to Mr. James Newman of Maryland in February of 1963. Optional equipment added to the car includes the overdrive, chrome wheels, electri....[continue reading]

1962 Aston Martin DB4 vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4/958/L
Engine Num: 370/994/SS

This Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage is a fourth series example with covered headlights, left-hand drive steering arrangement, Vantage specification, overdrive, and chrome-plated Borrani wire wheels. Also from the factory, it received Tripe SU carb....[continue reading]

1962 Aston Martin DB4 vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4/886/L
Engine Num: 370/0209/GT

This Aston Martin DB4 Series IV/L is one of seven left-hand-drive examples factory-fitted with the more powerful GT engine. It was assembled in late March 1962, fitted with a GT engine, overdrive, a clutch and oil cooler, a DB4GT instrument panel wit....[continue reading]

1962 Aston Martin DB4 vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4/965/L
Engine Num: 370/992/SS

This Aston Martin DB4 is equipped with the uprated Special Series (SS) engine. As a Series IV car, it has recessed rear lights, a grille with vertical bars, and a lower bonnet scoop. The factory-equipped SS engine has three SU HD8 carburetors, larger....[continue reading]

1962 Aston Martin DB4 vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4/836/L
Engine Num: DB4/836/L

This 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series 4 GT-Engined Saloon is one of seven examples to have left the Aston Martin works equipped with the uprated 'twin spark' engine off the GT cars. The 3,670cc DOHC inline 6-cylinder unit with triple Weber carburetors pr....[continue reading]

Coupe
Chassis #: 0153/L GT 
Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: DB4C/1064/R 
Fastback Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: B4/910/R 
Fastback Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4/589/L 
Fastback Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4/870/R 
Fastback Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: 778 
Chassis #: DB4/559/L 
Fastback Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4/794/L 
Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: DB4C/1175/L 
Fastback Coupe by Touring
 
Fastback Coupe by Zagato
Chassis #: DB4GT/0186/R 
Fastback Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4/817/L 
Fastback Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4/958/L 
Fastback Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4/886/L 
Fastback Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4/965/L 
Fastback Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4/836/L 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$390-$10,500
1962 Aston Martin DB4
$13,500-$16,700
1962 Aston Martin DB4 Price Range: $10,500 - $13,500

DB4 GT

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
95.00 in.
6 cyl., 223.96 CID., 300.00hp
$12,500 - $12,500
93.00 in., 98.00 in.
6 cyl., 223.96 CID., 240.00hp
6 cyl., 223.96 CID., 302.00hp
$10,500 - $13,500

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1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
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1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)
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