Listed with RM Sotheby’s the stunning classic sports car is a late series IV coupe, formerly owned by an American professional golfer, Ken Venturi.
RM Sotheby’s in New York currently has a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Coupe on display and for sale with an asking price of $800,000. The car is a late series IV DB4 that is navy blue in color and complete with a tan interior. The order for the car came from the United States and is an original LHD example. The Aston Martin got delivered new to American professional golfer turned World Golf Hall Of Fame Inductee, Ken Venturi.
A Famed Golfer’s Car With Ownership Around The World
The car has had a full life, originally delivered to California for its original owner and later spending time in private collections across the world including Japan and Germany before the classic DB4 returned to the United States in 2013. The car underwent a cosmetic restoration in the ’90s with an additional $130,000 spent on cosmetic work including a bare-metal repaint, new carpet and headliner, dashboard as well as re-chroming of the bumpers.
This particular Aston’s assembly took place at the Newport Pagnell factory, in the UK, on October 5, 1961, and was originally finished in Fiesta Red over Fawn interior with overdrive and chrome wire wheels as the non-standard added equipment.
In November of the following year, famed golfer Ken Venturi, its first owner, took delivery. Several decades of the car’s life remain unknown, but the Aston Martin Owners Club Registry reports the DB4 was in the United States from the time of delivery until 1992 at which point it went to Germany and later Japan. While in Japan, the car was part of several events affiliated with the Aston Martin Owners Club. In 2013, the car returned to the United States and has since undergone cosmetic work both inside and out.
Engineering And Performance Excellence
According to Sotheby’s: “The DB4 instantly drew attention as it was revealed at the Paris Motor Show, with its sharp styling twinned with an advanced 3.7-liter straight-six engine designed by Tadek Marek, whose name became synonymous with Aston Martin’s standards for engineering and performance excellence. The powertrain continued in various guises throughout other Aston Martin models until 1972.
Equally important to the performance credentials of the DB4 was its Superleggera (“super light”) body design from Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, Italy, which provided both a lightweight and strong framework of small-diameter tubes clad in aluminum panels. Furthermore, four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes got introduced, allowing the DB4 to claim the record for the first production car capable of reaching 100 mph and returning to a standstill in under 30 seconds.”
You can check out the DB4’s listing on RM Sotheby’s website for additional details and photos of this iconic car.