Aston Martin DB4 Lightweight




Models Aston Martin DB4 Lightweight

Aston Martin DB4 Lightweight

Year of production 1963 - 1963

Model: DB4 (1958 - 1963)

Wikipedia (DB4): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aston_Martin_DB4

(Series 6!) AMOC Racecar (Yellow car)

As time has gone by, the DB4 GT has become an extremely valuable car, perhaps too valuable for many owners to risk on the race track. So it has become popular for early standard road going DB4's to be transformed into these stripped out lightweight race cars; easily the most popular car that appears in AMOC club racing events. Indeed, such has been the development that has been put into these cars, the AMOC register has unofficially called these cars DB4 Series 6. The most highly developed are very often the fastest cars on the track, unbeatable by even the tuned V8's.

Much of the development has been done by R.S.Williams, the famous Aston Martin specialist in Cobham, Surrey but also Aston Engineering of Derby and Goldsmith and Young. These cars represent what the DB4 line would have become if factory development of the 6 cylinder engine had been allowed to continue.

Modifications to the cars are not dissimilar to what the factory did when making the GT although most retain the longer wheelbase of the standard car. The engines which began with 3670cc are bored out to 4.2 or 4.5 litres, twin plug GT type heads are used as well as triple Weber twin choke 48mm carburettors. Engine output varies but an RSW prepared 4.5 litre unit can produce 420 bhp at 6800 rpm. Cars compete in various classes which allow increasing levels of modifications, so one often wonders how much of the original factory built DB4 is left!

Above is an example of an RSW DB4 lightweight that has recently come onto the market. Chassis 315 was modified for racing in the late 1970’s by Richard Williams for Lord Downe and now has an extensive race history both in the UK and US, in the hands of AM celebrity drivers such as Mike Salmon and former AML shareholder, Peter Livanos. The standard DB4 series2 weighs in at 1353kg – this car is down to 1026kg – just over the 1000kg limit for cars in the AMOC group C category. The pictures above were taken at RSW in March 2004 where 315 was being prepared for sale and to the right at the AM/Bonhams sale in May 2004.

1960 Aston Martin DB4 Lightweight

1960 Aston Martin DB4 4.2 Lightweight

Competition Eligible: Fully Road Legal / UK Road Registered: 651 YUH

It should be noted that the DB4 was a milestone in the history of Aston Martin in that this model was the first car to be built at the company’s Newport Pagnell works. Without doubt DB4 is regarded by motoring experts as an iconic motorcar and probably the best sport car of its era.

Our car was supplied new on 28th April 1960 by Brooklands Ltd to Extol Engineering Ltd of London W1. Frequently used by its owner, covering an impressive mileage with documented Aston Martin service history through to June 1965. The DB4 continued to be enjoyed as a road car until the mid-1970’s, when it was converted to Lightweight racing specification by the renowned marque specialist, Richard S Williams, who further fettled the vehicle for racing in the late 70’s for its then owner, the esteemed Aston Martin afficianado, Lord Downe.

Possessing a competition record second to none; whilst it was campaigned by Mike Salmon between 1982 and 1985 it was unrivalled, claiming 13 wins at Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and other major British circuits. Shipped to the USA, it competed between 1986 and 1987 at Laguna Seca, Watkins Glen and Sebring with Peter Livanos (A previous co-owner of the Aston Martin Factory) behind the wheel. By the early 1990’s ‘DB4/315/R’ was back in the UK and successfully resumed its competition career in this country.

Fully restored by Richard S Williams in 1998 and stored until 2004 at which point it was re-commissioned by the same firm; at the time of restoration the special RSW, full race, 4.2-litre engine was rebuilt and dyno’d. Compression tested in 2004, all cylinders recorded a healthy 165psi reading!
Panelled in aluminium, this stunning example of the lightweight road /racing DB4 is number 9 of 24 on the AMOC register, and without doubt the most prestigious racing pedigree of them all. The DB4 has just completed a full post sales / service preparation at an official factory Heritage dealer Aston Engineering Ltd, so now ready to be enjoyed and have fun with! A fantastic opportunity to acquire a DB4  that could be eligible for several classic racing series but also being road legal presents a unique opportunity for an owner wishing to compete in track, fast road and touring events in a historical Aston Martin DB4 Lightweight.

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