The famous Aston Martin marque has produced some of the most powerful and handsome post-war high-performance cars in the world. Arguably Britain's first real Gran Turismo worthy of appellation, the DB4 made its debut at the 1958 London Motor Show, to great public acclaim. As a successor to the DB Mk III, it was the first production Aston Martin to use both Tadek Marek's new all-alloy twin overhead camshaft straight-six engine and an extremely elegant aluminium body. It was designed by Touring of Milan and using their Superleggera method of aluminium panels over a lightweight steel tube frame.
Beneath the DB4's sleek and beautifully-proportioned lines, the 3,670cc unit developed 240bhp, while the new platform chassis featured independent coil-sprung wishbone front suspension, a coil-sprung live rear axle located by Watt linkage and parallel trailing arms, also all-round disc brakes. With a top speed of 140mph and 0-60mph in around nine seconds it ranked amongst the fastest grand tourers available. Its Connolly leather and Wilton-carpeted interior ensured that it was also one of the most luxurious. There were five series of DB4s, with mostly only cosmetic changed between them, except for the fifth series. The Series V cars of September 1962 have a slightly taller and longer body to provide more interior space and the front was updated with the covered headlights from the DB4 GT which were later carried onto the DB5 model. From the introduction of the Series IV in 1961 a higher-performance Vantage model was also offered. This featured triple SU carburettors and special cylinder heads with larger valves and higher compression ratio, increasing power to 266bhp. In total only around 136 coupes were constructed with the Vantage engine. The last series of the much sought after Aston Martin DB4 coupe is unquestionably the most desirable of the DB4s, especially when combined with the Vantage specification engine. We are therefore particularly proud to offer such a rare and fine original factory RHD example of the Aston Martin DB4 Series V special series Vantage.
This DB4 Vantage was the subject of a comprehensive restoration from 1987 to 2001 including refinishing in California Sage, re chroming of brightwork where necessary along with attention to engine, transmission, drivetrain and brakes, the total bill adding up to in excess of £35,000. The interior has been kept mostly original as it displays such a delightful patina with only the front seats receiving new leather at some point. Equipped with a period radio, the highly desirable Harvey Bailey Handling kit, updated Koni shock absorbers and the essential Kenlowe fan. The Aston Martin DB4 is a highly prized car in today's marketplace. This Series V Vantage Was supplied new to “Brooklands of Bond Street”, London and was one of their demonstrators. The Aston comes with it's heritage certificate which confirms that the car is a full Matching Numbers example. The number plate is the original number that was issued to the car when new (432 FLD). The engine, gearbox, chassis and body/car no; are all correct as it left the factory. The Aston Martin before you has one of the most interesting histories I have ever seen and makes this DB4 one of a kind.
432 FLD appeared in the TV Series “The Sentimental Agent”. A television drama series spin-off from Man of the World. It was produced in the United Kingdom in 1963 by Associated Television and distributed by ITC Entertainment. It stars Carlos Thompson as Argentinian Carlos Varela, a successful import-export agent based in London. The DB4 Vantage was Aston’s demonstrator at “Broooklands of Bond Street”. The car was used by the production team of the TV Series and appears in various episodes. The Number plate seen on the car during filming, is the number plate that was issued new to the car and is on the car today.
The car also featured in "Car and Driver" magzine (1963). An article was written on the DB4 Vantage and 432 FLD was used for this. Car and Driver magzine is a famous and well established motoring magzine that has been running since 1955. The car featured in the magzine in 1963 and an issue of the magzine is included in the car history folder. In recent times the Aston has featured in "James Taylors Book", Factory-Original Aston Martin DB4/5/6. The DB4 pictures were used multiple times to show the different angles of the DB models. The book goes through the David Brown models from 1958-1971, the book was only published in 2014 and is a great read.
432 FLD is truly a pure example and is extremely rare as only 136 DB4 Series V Vantages were produced. With this car being a Matching Numbers example, having the history and providence behind it, makes this DB4 Vantage extremely rare and one of a kind. This is a fantastic driver's car and one of the most Iconic cars ever created. Please call for further details and information. £POA.