1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II
Deep Carriage Green, over an Off White leather interior
This DB4 Series II is chassis number DB4/342/R, and could quite possibly be the best Aston Martin DB4 on the planet. With only three careful owners, this DB4 Series II was the perfect and well-deserved candidate for restoration by the best craftsman in the restoration business. Chassis number DB4/342/R is a rather special DB4 Series II, having been originally commissioned by a member of the Royal family, the Earl of Suffolk & Berkshire; Lord Howard.
During the beginning of 1960, Lord Howard commissioned Aston Martin to build him DB4/342/R, a DB4 Series II to match his beloved DB2, in Deep Carriage Green with Off White Connolly Leather VM3323 interior. The car was optioned with a Montrola radio, Avon Tires, and an oil cooler, as found on the DB4 GT (indicated by the scoop below the front bumper). Aston Martin delivered chassis DB4/342/R to Lord Howard in early 1960. Lord Howard ordered this DB4 Series II for summer touring on the European continent; in July of that year the Earl and his wife drove and enjoyed the DB4 all across Europe, amassing more than 4000 miles in 1 month, as documented by Aston Works service who looked after the car.
At some point in the late 1960’s the car was sold to a retired WW2 Pilot, who enjoyed this Aston Martin for almost 10 years. In 1978 Doctor David Sprigett bought chassis number DB4/342/R while he was Managing Director of Xerox UK. Dr. Sprigett commissioned an engine rebuild, a repaint to British Racing Green, and had Connolly refresh the leather interior. In 1983, Dr. Sprigett was transferred back to California where he took DB4/342/R with him and retained it until he consigned it with RM Auctions in Monterey, where it was purchased by Simon DGB in 2008. According to RM Auctions, this DB4 Series II had covered only 71,000 miles, was absolutely rust free, and still retained the original red/orange primer from the factory under the undercoating applied to the chassis. That same year, Simon DGB began a full, no expense spared restoration of the car, which was, at the time, in excellent condition for its age.
Today the Series II is highly desirable, partly due to the attractive cathedral rear lights as found on the DB4GT, the early "Cheese Grater" grille, and the overall simplicity of the DB4 design. In total only 349 Series II cars were produced by the factory. DB4/342/R comes complete with original owner’s manual, original tool roll, and spare tire jack.
Work by Simon DGB includes:
Chassis, engine bay and body soda blasted & repainted with correct red oxide primer then semi-gloss 3m black paint the suspension, rear axle were stripped, restored, all seals and bearings replaced.
Matching # Engine stripped, Vapor blasted (to restore to original color), bored out, crank re-ground to 0.10, cams upgraded to DB4GT spec, valve seats replaced with Teflon coated titanium, cylinder head shipped to JMB services UK for all work to be carried out. Twin SU carbs upgraded to New-Old-Stock Vantage-spec triple SU Carbs with matching NOS manifolds, bored out to 4.2 Liter with JMB liners, Carrillo conrods & Cosworth pistons (as per RS Williams) valve covers stripped, repainted to correct color of Hammer tone silver. Engine completed and matched to gearbox ready to install at a cost of $47,000+
VM3323 Connolly leather remade by Jonathon Connolly using correct chemicals as per original (a cost of $1000.00 per hide) with an exact match as per original.
Green Wilton carpet remade to sample with correct Connolly green leather binding.
Body prepared to concourse spec by Perfect Reflections (Brian Hoyt), painted in original color of Deep Carriage Green.
Aluminum polka dot panels in doors, trunk and sills remade by hand from original patterns using NOS material.
All bolts and hardware cadmium plated as per original.
All bushings & rubbers replaced.
Front end cut off, repaired with new aluminum, welded back.
Webasto Sun roof added in late 1960’s removed and roof re skinned.
Both doors repaired and re-skinned (Bodylines UK).
Outer sills cut out and replaced (Bodylines UK).
All dings dents and damage to aluminum cut out replaced.
All parts re-chromed (Sherms, Sacramento).
All gauges restored to concourse level (Palo Alto Speedometer).
Dashboard re-trimmed and repainted to concourse level.
All lights and missing/ damaged parts re-sourced New Old Stock or remade.
Hinges & hinge pins re-bored for perfect shut.
Original matching DB gearbox rebuilt replacing all worn parts. We here at Aston Martin of New England had the opportunity to purchase chassis number DB4/342/R from Simon DGB when it was about 65% complete. Knowing this was a special DB4, with the amount of work, precision, and craftsmanship involved, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to finish this special Aston. An additional $154,000, and a lot of heavy lifting was spent completing this already thorough restoration.
This DB4 Series II is complete inside and out, ready to be driven. An absolutely stunning example of Aston Martin's iconic DB4. Located on-site here at Aston Martin of New England.