1960 Aston Martin DB4

Aston Martin cars, with one notable exception, are very good-looking performance cars.  The Aston Martin DB4 shown in this post is a particularly good-looking car.  This Aston Martin DB4 was sighted at the 2013 Lime Rock Historic Festival.

Aston Martin DB4 1960 (8)

A 1960 Aston Martin DB4

The Aston Martin DB4 was introduced on October 10, 1958.  I think that this is the car that put Aston Martins in the same league as Ferrari and Maserati, as well the Mercedes-Benz 300SL.

Aston Martin DB4 1960 (2)

Later Aston Martin DB4 Models Had A Grille With More Focus On The Horizontal Bars

In September 1961 the Aston Martin DB4 changed the front grille design to a grille that had fewer horizontal bars and some noticeable vertical bars.  The grille on the car shown in this post is indicative of an earlier model of the DB4.

Aston Martin DB4 1960 (3)

These Aston Martin Models Are Quite Attractive

The base engine in the DB4 is an inline, dual overhead camshaft, 3,670cc 6-cylinder engine.  The engine had an aluminum alloy block and head and two SU carburetors which resultant in an engine producing 240 horsepower.

Aston Martin DB4 Engine standard 1960

The Standard Aston Martin DB4 240 Horsepower Engine

The base Aston Martin DB4 would accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour 8.5 seconds and had a top speed of 141 miles per hour.  The Aston Martin DB4 was the first car advertised to go from 0 to 100 miles per hour and back to 0 in less than 30 seconds.  The base Aston Martin DB4 could do this in 27.2 seconds.  I suspect that there might have been other cars that could have done this as well, but Aston Martin the only one that said that they could and backed it up.  There was a DB4GT that was a semi-racing model that was substantially faster than the base DB4.

Aston Martin DB4 1960 (4)

The Aston Martin DB4 Fastback Design Has 2+2 Seating

For many years Aston Martin appeared to use the same basic shape for their cars.  And from looking at the design of the DB4 one can see why.

Aston Martin DB4 1960 (5)

The Wire Wheels Were Standard

In 1962 the base Aston Martin DB4 sold for $10,500.  For comparison purposes at the same time the Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupe sold for $11,128 and a Maserati 3500GTI coupe sold for $11,400.  Between 1958 and 1963 Aston Martin built 1,113 DB4 cars.

Aston Martin DB4 Interior

The Front Seats Look Comfortable, But The Back Seat Is Tight

At the beginning of this post I mentioned that there was one notable exception to Aston Martin cars being attractive cars – that exception is the Aston Martin Lagonda saloon built from 1976 to 1990.

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