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William J. Harrig, Fulton, Alabama (acquired new via Charles Hornburg)William Melvin, Dallas, Texas (acquired in 1968)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
The DB4 presented here is an original left-hand-drive example from the model’s second series, which ranges from chassis DB4/251/L to DB4/600/R. For many purists, the Series II DB4 offers the very best qualities of Touring’s original design, while doing without the idiosyncrasies of the earliest models.
According to Aston Martin records, DB4/310/L was ordered on May 24, 1960, through famed English car distributor Charles Hornburg of Los Angeles, California. Originally specified in California Sage Green over beige Connolly leather, the DB4 was optioned with chrome wire wheels, Avon Turbospeed whitewall tires, Motorola model 319 radio, 17" steering wheel, and a DB4 owner’s kit. The car’s guarantee was issued on August 20, 1960, and the DB4 was shipped to its first owner, William H. Harrig of Fulton, Alabama.
In April 1968, the DB4 was sold to William Melvin, a Delta Airlines pilot living in Dallas, Texas. Remarkably, Mr. Melvin used the Aston Martin as regular transportation until the early 1980s, when it was finally retired and stored on his property.
Overall, the Aston Martin’s condition is consistent with a car driven approximately 78,000 miles over a period of 25 years and then put away in static storage for another two decades. Repainted and reupholstered in the late 1960s or early 1970s, the DB4 appears to be in sound order, with evidence of prior bodywork on the front driver’s side fender and corrosion at the bottom of the doors.
Attesting to the car’s long-term Dallas-area provenance are several charming details, including 1975-issue Texas license plates, a period-installed air-conditioning system (manufactured by Overseas Motors Corp. of Fort Worth), an aircraft-style four-point driver’s harness, and a windshield sticker from the Interpark valet service at Love Field.
The sale of DB4/310/L includes two engines – a replacement unit currently fitted in the car and engine no. 370/356, as is recorded in factory records, which is completely disassembled and organized among several boxes. An original David Brown gearbox and other assorted ancillary components also accompany the sale of the car.
Given its attractive original color scheme, left-hand-drive specification, desirable early-production features, and accompanying cache of spare components, this Aston Martin presents today as an ideal candidate for an exacting concours quality restoration.
Significant Aston Martins in this condition do not come along very often, and with the passing years it is increasingly unlikely that many unrestored DB4s will remain to be found. For the collector who has been searching for an exciting Aston Martin project with great potential for reward, this is the chance of a lifetime.