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Please note that during inspection the stamping of the chassis number was seen in the engine compartment but not on the front cross-member where usually located.
Gorgeous Example in its Original Color of Snow Shadow GrayMaurice F. Felton, Preston-Canterbury, England (acquired new via M. Walter in 1960)Jean-Paul Siccard, Antwerp, Belgium (acquired circa 1994)Paul Heijmans, Zeist, Netherlands (acquired circa 1997)Franz-Josef Kortüm, Hamburg, Germany (acquired circa 2007)Current Owner (acquired via William Loughran)
In October 1958, Aston Martin unveiled a new sports saloon uniquely engineered from the ground up. Featuring a 3.7-litre twin-cam engine designed by the famed Tadek Marek and gorgeous Superleggera coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring, the DB4 was built in five series through 1963. Not only was the new Aston Martin the most powerful British touring car up to then, it was also the fastest production car to accelerate to 100 mph and return to a standing stop. The DB4 would go on to become the company’s most popular model and establish Aston Martin as a manufacturer of stylish gran turismos, a tradition that continues to this day.
The example offered here is one of just 149 Series I DB4s built between 1958 and February 1960. According to a copy of its build sheet, chassis 241/R was delivered new to Maurice F. Felton of Preston-Canterbury in Kent, England, on March 5, 1960, through the agent M. Walter of Brooklands. Records on file indicate it enjoyed factory-authorized service through October 1963.
This DB4 Series I changed hands in the UK several times before landing, circa 1997, with a Dutch owner, Paul Heijmans, whose informed stewardship of the car benefited it greatly. Consulting closely with the Aston Martin factory in Newport Pagnell, Mr. Heijmans embarked upon a thorough records search to ensure accuracy in 241/R’s restoration. To exactingly re-create the car’s striking original Snow Shadow Grey finish, Aston Martin archivists supplied the paint formula with the comment, “From the records, it is quite clear that this was a popular color, and when a year or so ago we had to remake it, it was very easy to see why!”
Marque specialist Aston Service Dorset provided a reproduction wiring harness for the car, with special accommodation for a conversion from positive to negative ground and the fitting of an auxiliary electric radiator fan for driveability. An original-style DB5 oil cooler was also added. The car has been converted to left-hand drive, and according to the consignor, the engine currently runs a higher compression ratio than stock for increased power.
In 2007, the car was sold and underwent a restoration by Fernandes Oldtimertechnik in Hamburg, Germany and voluminous receipts for the work are included. Three Weber 45 DCOE carburetors were fitted, imparting the inline-six engine with a stirring induction howl.
The current British caretaker of 241/R thought enough of the car’s capabilities that he drove it on a recent touring holiday through Spain and the car was also driven on a rally in Scotland. Impressively restored and achingly beautiful, this iconic Aston Martin DB4 Series I is a stunning example of one of Britain’s all-time great sports cars.