This DB4, chassis number 178/R, is the 78th built and left the Aston Martin factory fitted with engine number '370/199'. The car had lost its original power unit and been fitted with a Jaguar engine by the time it was acquired by a previous owner in July 1983. A replacement DB4 engine was fitted in December 1985 (invoice on file) and the car has seen virtually no use since then.
In 1986 the DB4 was acquired as a going concern by the current vendor, who started restoring the suspension and brakes. The project stalled when the owner went to work overseas, and the car has been kept in dry storage for the last 30 years.
Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, this early DB4 is estimated to achieve a hammer price of between £150,000 to £180,000. With a fee of around £300,000 to restore this Aston to its former glory, this could example could be a sound investment, with early DB4 coupes now fetching up to £1million in concours condition!
Bonhams will also be offering a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage for light restoration at the same Beaulieu sale, estimated at £200,000 to £250,000.
Photography courtesy of Bonhams