One of only 70 variants ever made, 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Convertible was specially created for famed actor and diplomat Sir Peter Ustinov. The DB4 engine features a dual overhead camshafts and displacing 3,670 cc, was entirely constructed from aluminum and produced 240 bhp in standard tune with dual SU carburetors.
The 1961 DB4 Vantage Convertible offered at Salon Privé auction, chassis 1068L, carries fascinating celebrity provenance, having been ordered new by none other than the legendary actor, playwright and diplomat Sir Peter Ustinov. It was delivered to him at Switzerland’s Montreux Palace Hotel on 27th July 1962 and registered 911 CGT. As the DB4 was intended for use on the Continent, Mr. Ustinov specified the car with left-hand drive and the uprated Special Series (more commonly known as the Vantage) engine. Originally delivered in Desert White with red Connolly hides, the DB4 was also equipped with such desirable items as chrome wire wheels and overdrive. Copies of the Aston Martin build sheet confirm that 1068L returned to the works for servicing three times between 1962 and 1968.
The car will go under the hammer on Thursday, June 23, 2011 and has been estimated to fetch between £250,000 and £320,000 ($410,000 – $525,000). [RM Auctions]