1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II

By October 20, 2012Cars

With the new Bond film coming out, I must be feeling a bit 007ish. With its body designed by Touring of Milan, this Aston Martin was like a fiery marriage between James Bond and Sofia Loren. Offered by Silvestone Auctions with an estimate of £180,000 ($280,000).

1960 The Aston Martin DB4 (8)

1960 The Aston Martin DB4 (6)

From Silverstone:

The Aston Martin DB4, unveiled at the 1958 Paris Salon, was state-of-the-art for its time. A unique masterpiece of robust British engineering combined with exquisite Italian styling designed by Touring of Milan.
The sleek body utilised Carrozzeria Touring’s famed Superleggera (super light) structure, a skeleton of small-diameter steel tubing covered by hand-formed aluminium body panels and all round glazed vision. This design enabled the DB4 to achieve a lightweight elegance that was particularly handsome on the DB4s shorter 98-inch wheelbase before the later DB models became larger and heavier. It used the powerful new aluminium twin overhead camshaft 3.7 litre straight-six engine that had just been developed for the DBR2 setting a new sports car lap record at Silverstone.

1960 The Aston Martin DB4 (1)

1960 The Aston Martin DB4 (5)

“Testimony to the exclusiveness of the DB4 was its price when new – a staggering £3976, the cost of a substantial house in the Surrey stockbroker belt.”

1960 The Aston Martin DB4 (4)

1960 The Aston Martin DB4 (3)

1960 The Aston Martin DB4 (2)

1960 The Aston Martin DB4 (7)

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