1959 Aston Martin DB4: Style icon

1959 Aston Martin DB4: Style icon

Engine Inline 6 Horsepower 240 BHP (176.64 KW) @ 5500 RPMTorque 240 Ft-Lbs (325 NM) @ 4250 RPMEngine Location Front Drive Type RWD Weight 2885 lbs | 1308.614 kg Weight 2885 lbs | 1308.614 kgTransmission 4-step manual

Dynamics and style to provide full driving pleasure: the Aston Martin DB4 replaced the DB 2/4 and was the epitome of elegance inherited from the Italian body maker and the sporting spirit of British roadsters.

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The DB4 had taken Aston Martin to a whole new level by providing its customers with an all-new stylish sports vehicle. It was the most beautiful British car of the 50s, which in terms of sportiness, performance, and comfort was not inferior to the products of the Italian Ferrari or Maserati. A successful combination of Italian style and British technical equipment, developed by the company’s engineers, this automobile became the brand’s most sought-after and successful model in the 50s and 60s bringing the AM worldwide fame.

The origins

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The Aston Martin DB4 underwent development starting in 1956, but it was officially unveiled at the London Motor Show only in 1958. The “DB” in its name represented the initials of David Brown, a prominent industrialist who became the company’s new owner after purchasing it in 1947. The chassis of the vehicle was meticulously crafted by Harold Beach, working under the guidance of John Wyer, while the 3.7-liter inline-6 engine was skillfully designed by Tadek Marek. Notably, the car featured a brand-new aluminum L6 engine with a 3.7-liter displacement, boasting two overhead camshafts. The power output of 240 horsepower was achieved through the utilization of these dual overhead camshafts and two SU HD8 carburetors. AM’s new roadster received Dunlop and later Girling disc brakes, and was offered two transmission options – a five-speed manual and a three-speed automatic. In addition to the technical part, the body design of the car was a special pride for the British brand. Previously, the bodies for Aston Martin were designed in the domestic Tickford studio. This time, the company’s management decided to trust the Italians: the appearance of the new roadster was taken up by the Milanese from Carrozzeria Touring. It turned stylish and fast, very advanced for its time.  The body was built using ultra-modern technology for the 50s: the frame was of thin steel tubes, and then sheathed with aluminum. This design made it super-light (Superleggera: translated from Italian Super Leggera means “super light”), thanks to which the automobile significantly added dynamics. Aston Martin DB4 developed a maximum speed of 250 km/h and reached the hundred-kilometer mark in 6 seconds.

The 1959 model year

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The 1959 model had the characteristic appearance of a sports vehicle. The body from the Italian company Carrozzeria Touring was produced in Milan using branded “Superleggera” technology. The extended hood and other engineering solutions shifted the center of gravity back. The vehicle was ultra-light with the ability to accelerate to 100 km/h in 6 seconds consuming 16 liters per 100 km.

A huge chrome grille and a powerful air intake ripped off the impressive engine size. In addition, the dynamic image of the DB4 was emphasized by the elegant spoked rims that had become characteristic of Aston Martin. Six-cylinder engine, almost entirely made of aluminum, with a volume of 3669 ccs, which developed 240 hp, needed a proper transmission: the model received a 4-speed manual transmission, available in the overdrive version. On the fourth DB, all instruments were concentrated directly in the center. The large three-spoke steering wheel received a wooden rim, and genuine leather and wood prevailed in the interior trim. The automobile was a four-seater, with individual seats in the second row. Moreover, it was possible to order an option with a rear sofa, but still, there was only enough space for two. The sleek, sporty design of the vehicle continued the main trend of previous Aston Martin models.

Did you know?

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In 1959, the company released the GT version of the model, which was a sporty type of DB4. This modification was considered very rare, as only 75 vehicles were made in 1959. In 2017, the company reissued this version, calling it the DB4 GT Continuation.

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1959 Aston Martin DB4: Style icon

Engine Inline 6 Horsepower 240 BHP (176.64 KW) @ 5500 RPMTorque 240 Ft-Lbs (325 NM) @ 4250 RPMEngine Location Front Drive Type RWD Weight 2885 lbs | 1308.614 kg Weight 2885 lbs | 1308.614 kgTransmission 4-step manual

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