Right Hand Drive: Correct Matching Numbers
Launched in October 1958, the DB4 marked a major turning point for Aston Martin as it was the first Aston Martin to carry Carrozzeria Touring's 'Superleggera' bodywork, in which light alloy panels were fixed to a framework of light-gauge steel tubes welded to a platform chassis. Although styled by Touring, the DB4's gorgeous fastback coachwork was built under license at Newport Pagnell by Aston Martin, which employed some of the finest panel beaters in the industry. The result was a car whose sleek lines were described as 'unmistakably Italian and yet... equally unmistakably Aston Martin.' The 3.7-litre, six-cylinder power unit was the work of Tadek Marek and had first been seen at Le Mans the previous year in the works DBR2 sports-racer.
Our car # 116R DB4 was supplied new via Brooklands of London in May 1959 and supplied to one of UK’s leading film directors who was responsible for the famous Doctor series of films between 1952 – 1986. The car was commissioned to be built in Elusive Blue with Blue Grey Connolly Hide. Factory options were, chromed road wheels and a Motorola Transistor Radio.
Three subsequent owners are listed on the accompanying copy guarantee form; N Barham of Copenhagen, P Eton of Stone-cum-Ebony of Kent and Michael Rigby, Esq of Vancouver, Canada. Regular and extensive servicing is recorded up to February 1962. This DB4 was first known to the Aston Martin Owners Club in 1968 when it was owned by R Card of Greenford, Middlesex, who owned it until at least 1970. In 1974 the Aston was owned by one R J Johnson of Heywood, Lancashire. By 1980 the car was in Alberta, Canada in the hands of R Woodcock, who owned it until at least 1988. Thereafter, Michael Rigby of Vancouver, Canada who owned the Aston Martin from May 1994 until at least 2006.
On Sports Classics London acquisition, we commissioned marque specialists Pugsley & Lewis Ltd to carry out an inspection report and complete all recommended works required to present the car in superb order, which has now been completed.
This ultra-rare and highly desirable Series 1 model is now ready to be used and enjoyed.