It will be delivered with its owner’s manual, tool set, and spare wheel, along with some documents, many of them coming from Aston Martin and signed by …
News & Features April 10, 2008, 2:41PM EST
The 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series III car lacks the verve of the five DB4 Series but that it was what many connoisseurs like most about it
by Stephen Serio The car offered here is a DB4 Series III Aston Martin, which differs from the previous two series due to a better oil cooling system, including a bigger sump. The car condition is as exceptional as its history. On September 30, 1958, its future and sole owner, Mr. Claude Rouzaud, was invited by David Brown and Marcel Blondeau (the French importer) to the introduction of the new DB4 at the Garage Mirabeau, 71 Avenue de Versailles, in Paris. On that very day, Claude Rouzaud was convinced by what he had seen and driven. While testing a DB4 belonging to the Garage Mirabeau, he found a four-leaf clover, which he carefully kept in a small envelope that is still clamped in the owner’s manual. Recognizing the qualities of the car, he ordered from the Garage Mirabeau a black DB4 with beige leather interior. This car, DB4621L, was delivered on March 28, 1961, and registered 6010 KZ 75 on April 7. More than 47 years later, this car is still the property of Mr. and Mrs. Rouzaud. An Aston Martin is in any case a splendid automobile. The fact that this is a first-hand car with a well-documented history makes it highly desirable. What more can be said about a car that adds to these features an exceptional original and almost-new condition? The finish, the chromeplated parts, and the light patina of the leatherwork are all proof of the good life enjoyed by the car, which shows a fresh condition that even many newly restored cars are lacking. This DB4 had been overhauled recently, with new brakes and new stainless steel exhaust. It works very well, does not overheat, and shows good oil pressure. The steering wheel and gearshift show no wear. It will be delivered with its owner’s manual, tool set, and spare wheel, along with some documents, many of them coming from Aston Martin and signed by David Brown. This is a rare opportunity to acquire such a superb Aston Martin and perhaps a unique one.