1959 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Pre-Production Series I - £499,950
In 1955, Aston Martin initiated a programme for a new replacement for the DB2/4
Development of the all-new DB4 started with a prototype, DP 114, completed early in 1956. Unimpressed by the original styling, Aston Martin thought that the the new car should be entrusted to an external styling house.
Following a tour of the Italian stylists and designers, John Wyer and David Brown both agreed that the design of the new
DB4 should be entrusted to the Italians. Aston Martin favoured fabricating bodies in aluminium, and having been particularly impressed by the Superleggera concept of body design, decided that the styling of the DB4 should be given to Touring of Milan. This necessitated a platform chassis, with a trellis of small diameter tubes and channel frames for the main openings, around which the aluminium panels could be clenched. Harold Beach designed and then ensured fabrication of a prototype chassis in the remarkably small timescale of 10 weeks, and this was duly dispatched to Touring, in late 1956.
The DB4 was first shown to the public at the Paris Motor Show in the Autumn of 1958 to universal acclaim, and (the DB4) was duly launched into production.
The DB4 Series 1 captured the essence of Aston Martin, clothing it in a light, airy, crisp, perfectly proportioned body.
This incredibly original, Geneva show car was the 5th DB4 Series 1 to be built and the second factory demonstrator - Chassis No. DB4/105/L.
First registered in March 1959 when it was sold to Mr Hubert Pathey of Switzerland with the registration number GF9282 which it still retains today, having covered only 31,000 kms!
Hubert Pathey and Aston Martin have a rich history, Hubert being Aston Martins Swiss distributor and also a racing driver who the year before in 1958 had completed the Le Mans 24hr in an AC Ace (he was also AC distributor) and then in April 1959 competed again with an Aston Martin DB4 GT coming 7th in practice, however failed to finish with engine trouble.
DB4 005 was used in 1959 as the Geneva Motor show car and created a sensation and is one of only 150 Series 1 cars of which only 67 were LHD, and because it is among the first 50 it also features frameless rear side windows, a very rare and very desirable classic Aston indeed.
According to the manufacturers build sheet the car was originally finished in Snow Shadow Grey (ICI 2317) with Dark Red Connolly hide.
The factory records show that it was returned to the factory on several occasions for servicing and various works up to September 1980 when it was purchased by a European who has dry stored the car for over 35 years.
DB4 005 Series 1 FEATURES;
Gearbox with optional 3.31:1
No overriders on the bumpers
Rear hinged bonnet
16 inch wheels
Cathedral rear lights
Frameless side windows
Dash ash tray
3 demisters on dash
Bonnet release on RHS
Originally fitted with HMV 400T radio, since removed
Smith rev counter redline 6,000 rpm
Weight of 1,311 kg (vs series 2 at 1,362)
It comes as a project, a blank canvas, to be restored as original or to your specification? As one of the foremost specialists in this field we can help, advise, guide and manage every step of the way!
NOTE: The price of £899,950 is for the car including the cost of restoration. As the name suggests, this is a tailor-made restoration to the client's exact specification, therefore a 50% deposit will be required before commencement.
- 19262 Miles
- RefCode: TA1039072
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