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Although Aston Martin would begin work on the DB4 in 1956 at the same time as the DB Mark III, it would not debut to the public until the London Motor Show of 1958. Renowned as the first production car capable of accelerating from 0 to 100mph and then to a complete stop in under 30 seconds, the Aston Martin DB4 also boasted a 0 to 100mph of just 21 seconds. Marking a new era for the automaker, the Aston Martin DB4 would put the company back in line with other high performance sports cars of the era. Every major component of the DB4 was new. The four-seat body was designed by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, which employed their new Superleggera construction method in which aluminum panels were fixed to a tubular frame built onto a substantial platform chassis. Under the hood was a new 3.7L six-cylinder engine that was all-alloy and was raced in the DBR2 in 1957. A DB4 convertible was launched in 1961, as well as a DB4 derived four-door Lagonda Rapide. Throughout production, which lasted through 1963, the DB4 range would gradually develop adding a DB4 GT and an ultra-rare DB4 GT Zagato version and model-year changes often referred to as Series 2, 3, 4 and 5 before being replaced by the DB5.
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In total, from 1958 to 1963, approximately 1,185 examples of the Aston Martin DB4 were produced. Popular with collectors and Aston Martin enthusiasts, the Aston Martin DB4 was the first Aston Martin to be fully manufactured in the former Salmons and Tickford Coachbuilding Works in the town of Newport Pagnell. While the Tadek Marek-designed twin overhead cam engine would suffer some overheating problems, the issue was eventually resolved. Today, the classic Aston Martin DB4 is favored for being well built, robust, nimble, and quick. The car’s road handling and performance increase with each step up the DB4 ladder. The classic DB4 is also renowned for paving the way for the iconic DB5, which was made famous as the car of choice for James Bond. If you’re thinking about buying an Aston Martin DB4, The Beverly Hills Car Club encourages you to browse their website for model-year specific Buyer’s Tips and to explore their online inventory. Should you have any questions, their team of classic car experts is always available for consultation.
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