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).
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.
+ Source: 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II