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1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Convertible Featured at Salon Privé

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Convertible
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Convertible

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]

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Convertible
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Convertible

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Convertible
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Convertible

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  1. Just noticed that boot still doesn’t fit. It never did and the lock often jammed. I wonder if there is still a hole in the plywood bulkhead behind the rear seats which I had to make to get my gun out circa 1979?
    The tonneau cover never really fitted properly, and I’ve still got a tin full of the popper studs if the present owner is interested.
    The most reliable car I have had, over 120,000 miles on the clock when I sold it.

  2. This was my car in the late seventies. After an an altercation with a milk float just off the Old Brompton road my insurance agreed to body repairs and a respray which were carried out by Richard Williams. Now this might be interesting to Aston historians, as it turned out that the bodywork was shot to sh*t and full of filler. After Richard had bashed it out, we agonized over the colour. I chose the metallic burgundy which it seems to have to this day. I never liked the off white with the red soft top.
    One thing i’m ashamed of is this. When RW finished the repairs there was a large discrepancy between the insurance payout and his bill. I drove out, and he kept the factory hard top. I never paid him the difference and I wonder what happened to that hard top.

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