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Aston Martin DB4 – 1960
This Beautiful Aston Martin DB4 Chassis number DB4/27X/L, engine number 370/30X was delivered to Swedish gentleman racing driver Oscar Swahn. Mr Swahn originally wanted a DB4 GT to go racing in the legendary Tulip Rallye, but as this wasn’t possible at the time he opted for this DB4. The car came in the stunning specification of a desert white (M037-3267) combined with a black Connolly leather interior (VM.8500) and black carpet, paired with the rare factory option of a Halda Speed pilot, which still is present with the car.
This automobile, which became somewhat of a local celebrity in sixties Stockholm. Not only for its racing adventures down on the continent (Tulip Rallye 1960, 1961), but also for what happened in the early hours of July 3rd. Oscar was out with a client and wanted to show what his Aston was capable of, when in a sharp left hander the throttle pinned open due to a mechanical fault caused by a shunt in the previous Tulip Rallye. Swahn locked the tires but it was too late and the speed was too high. They careened into a tree. Both men got away with their lives, but were badly injured. The crash was highly documented in the Swedish Newspapers.
The famous Aston Martin was left in its damaged condition for some time before being rebuilt initially by one Hans Swedberg, who in 1967 took his family on vacation in the Aston. It then passed through a number of hands before Thomas Hedberg (after 12 years of trying to persuade Historic racer Hans-Erik Johansson to sell it to him) managed to get a hold of it. Mr Hedberg, a true Aston Martin enthusiast had the car perfectly restored and rebuilt by Aston Martin Specialist ‘AstonHill’ in Stockholm in the period 2012 – 2018. Everything was restored, overhauled, and or renewed, costs not effort were spared to reach perfection in the smallest detail. An extensive photo report of the restoration is present.
The car has been equipped with a discretely fitted air conditioning system and EZ electric power steering with adjustable resistance, depending on preference. It also features three twin-choke Weber carburetors, Borrani alloy rims, Lucas sports lamps, and a period-correct 1960s Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio.
This Aston Martin comes with a complete history file from new which includes Tulip Rally documents and regulations, period photographs (including Tulip Rally shots and 1961 Tulip Rally Newspaper clipping), service invoices, restoration invoices, and many other documents giving a clear insight of the car’s history and the previous owners. Also present are the factory data sheet, the original Aston Martin DB 4 Instruction Book, the DB 4 Parts Book,
and magazines in which the car has been featured in recent years.
This is a concours ready example of an important Aston Martin DB4 with 1960s Tulip Rally competition history. A full list of the executed work, as well as history, pictures and videos can be sent in case of serious interest. Do not hesitate to get in touch.
Model Year 1960 Mileage — km Transmission Manual Ext. color Desert White Int. color Black Price POA