Aston Martin DB4 3.7
1960 Aston Martin DB4 3.7 L chassis number DB4/276/L finished in Desert White MO37-3267 with black Connolly leather. Swedish sold to a racing and rally star in 1960, DB4/276/L has had a rather interesting history, details of which can be enjoyed in an article from GranTurismo magazine #2 which will be available shortly on our website listing with additional photos of the vehicle.
The DB4 debuted at the 1958 Paris Motor Show with an entirely new platform chassis, disc brakes all round and a completely new 3.7 litre straight six cylinder engine topped by a beautiful fastback body courtesy of Touring of Milan. The body frame is made up of a cage of small diameter tubes covered by hand made aluminium body panels, a method of construction known as ‘Superleggera’, which translates as ‘Super light’ in Italian. This is indicated by two beautiful little chrome ‘Superleggera’ badges flanking the raised bonnet scoop.
Beneath this sits an aluminium 3.7 L straight six cylinder which in standard form was said to produce 240 bhp at 5,500 rpm taking the car to 60mph in 9 seconds and onto a maximum speed of 140mph.
The series 2 DB4 Saloon was produced 1960 - 1961 using chassis number DB4/251/L through to DB4/600/R and totalling 349 units. These vehicles gained significant improvements over the earlier model including uprated front brake callipers, an enlarged sump and uprated pump, and optional oil cooler (indicated by a scoop at the bottom of the front of the vehicle, as you can see on this example).
The following information has been paraphrased from the aforementioned GranTurismo Magazine article.
DB4/276/L was originally purchased by keen racer Oscar Swahn who had competed in a C-Type jaguar and numerous races and rallies in various other British-born machinery. He was actually in a hurry to get the car having registered for the 1960 Dutch Tulip Rally taking place from 2nd to 7th May - the build sheet showing the car was delivered just weeks before on the 22.04.60 and prepped with the addition inclusion of a Halda Sports Special Speed Pilot and the optional oil cooler.
Later on in Swahn’s ownership the car suffered serious damage after collision with a tree on 3 July 1961 (see photo and again coverage in the attached magazine article). The car underwent a rebuild over the next several years, and was back on the road again in 1967, but not in brilliant form. When current owner Thomas Hedberg acquired the body was in a terrible shape. Where the Aluminum panels where straightened and worked they were just 0,2 mm thick in places. The frame though was better, the front part, from just around the front seats, had been changed after the crash.
The restoration of the car was partly started, but when Thomas had bought the car, Charlie Frisk, famous from GranTurismo-tv, was given the task to work on the body. That included creating a new front wing, and preparing the entire body for a paint job. When Thomas, later started Aston Hill, the entire crew, workshop manager Olaf Jochems, the Englishman Tom Harriss and the junior Erik Svedberg, started their work on the vehichle.
Aston Engineering in England put together a “Handling Kit”, including modern bush rings and telescopic shoch absorbers. Additionally, the team used coil-overs in the front in order to easeier adjust spring height etc. AC has also been included in the form of a modern system, and the icing on the cake for the team is the electric servo steering. Using a system from EZ it has a proximity switch that makes speed dependable. The team believe it works like a charm and have equipped multiple classic cars with it.