1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II

The Aston Martin DB4 made its debut in October of 1958 and was the first Aston Martin to wear Carrozzeria Touring's 'Superleggera' bodywork. It was also the first car of the David Brown era which was not powered by an engine originally designed by W.O. Bentley, nor was its chassis derived from the experimental Atom of 1939. It wore styling by Touring and its fastback coachwork was built under license at Newport Pagnell by Aston Martin. The result was a car that combined Italian styling cues with an unmistakable Aston Martin aerodynamically styled design.

Aston Martin fitted a new twin-overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder, 3.7-liter engine designed by Tadek Marek in the DB4. This engine had previously been used on the DBR2.

Production of the DB4 ranged from October of 1958 through June of 1963 in no fewer than five series. The five series were subsequently suggested by the Aston Martin Owners Club to help identify the model as it evolved. The Series II models, first shown in 1960, had a front-hinged bonnet, enlarged sump, and bigger brake calipers. Complaints about engine overheating resulted in the sump being increased from 15 pints to 17, the oil pump was uprated, and an oil cooler was added as an optional extra.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2018

Related Reading : Aston Martin DB4 History

The DB name came from the name David Brown (later Sir David Brown), an individual who had purchased the Aston Martin Company. The DB4 series was built from 1958 through 1963. A total of 1040 vehicles and five series were produced during this time frame. The coachwork was performed by Touring of Milan, Italy. The body panels were hand made of aluminum mounted on a steel tube frame and featuring....
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Related Reading : Aston Martin DB4 History

Aston Martin unveiled their DB4 at the 1958 Paris Salon. This was a big achievement for the small British manufacturer as it was a totally new car on a completely new steel platform chassis and disc brakes on all four corners. It was powered by an alloy twin-cam 3.7-liter straight six engine and bodied by Touring of Milan in an elegant fastback aluminum body. This combination was performance oriented....
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Related Reading : Aston Martin DB4 History

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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1961 Vehicle Profiles

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4527R

The development of the all-new Aston Martin DB4 began in 1956. It made its debut at the London Motor Show during the autumn of 1958. The DB4 brought with it an updated engine designed by Tadek Marek, whose name became synonymous with Aston Martin eng....[continue reading]

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB41342R

This 1961 Aston Martin DB4 is painted in classic British Racing Green and has been given a complete restoration that was performed between 1978 and 1981. In 2007, it was 'refreshed' with new paint and chrome. The interior is light cream leather and....[continue reading]

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4/527/R
Engine Num: 370/538

This right-hand drive DB4 includes many of the advances introduced on the Series 2 version, including a front-hinged bonnet radiator blind, bigger front brake calipers and enlarged sump.....[continue reading]

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4/527/R

This 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Coupe with chassis number DB4/527/R was offered for sale at the 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields auction held at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, California where it was estimated to sell between $135,000 - $165,000. On auct....[continue reading]

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4/718/R
Engine Num: 370/755

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....[continue reading]

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4/580/L
Engine Num: 370/584

This Aston Martin is a Series II DB4 fastback coupe. It is an original factory left-hand-drive car that was delivered new by Southern California distributor Charles Hornburg to its Los Angeles-based original owner, who is thought to be a Mr. J.A. Rog....[continue reading]

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4/525/L
Engine Num: 370/546

This Aston Martin DB4 Series II Sports Saloon Coachwork by Touring is an early example with several styling cues of the series of this model, including the large hood scoop and 'cathedral' rear lights. Just 351 examples were built with most remaining....[continue reading]

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB4/558/L
Engine Num: 370/567

This Aston Martin is one of 349 Series II DB4s produced. Exterior design features include one-piece 'cathedral' taillights, a tall hood scoop, and perforated grille. It is a left-hand-drive example that was delivered new in July of 1961 to Charles M.....[continue reading]

Fastback Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4527R 
Fastback Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB41342R 
Fastback Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4/527/R 
Fastback Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4/527/R 
Fastback Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4/718/R 
Fastback Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4/580/L 
Fastback Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4/525/L 
Fastback Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB4/558/L 

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Price Comparison

$1-$10,500
1961 DB4 Series II
$11,250-$22,755
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Price Range: $10,500 - $11,250

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Aston Martin
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)
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)
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)

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