One-off Aston Martin to be displayed in mid-restoration form at Retromobile

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The only DB4 convertible built with a GT engine is undergoing restoration | Aston Martin Works photos

Aston Martin Works, the automaker’s heritage division, will display a one-of-a-kind convertible at Retromobile in Paris, the car company said. The car is a 1963 Aston Martin DB4 convertible, the only one of around 70 such cars with the more-potent DB4 GT engine.

Aston Martin Works termed the car “one of the brand’s rarest and most sought-after” classics. 

The engine is in the car

Chassis 1173, a right-hand-drive sports car built for a personal friend of Aston Martin owner David Brown, will be displayed in mid-restoration form as an “engine-in chassis.” Aston Martin Works is in the process to taking the car back to its original specification.

“Offering visitors a rare glimpse up close of the remarkably detailed restoration process undertaken by the craftsmen and women at Aston Martin Works, the DB4 convertible collectors’ item is joined on the Works stand in the French capital by other important examples of the brand’s illustrious history including one of only 40 Vantage V600 Le Mans to be built celebrating the 40th anniversary of the famous 24-hour race win; a 1968 DB6 Vantage; a 1960 DB4 Series II; and a V12 Vanquish with manual conversion engineered and carried out by Aston Martin Works.,” the automaker said in its announcement.

Work in progress

“The decision to take chassis 1173 to Paris wasn’t simple,” added Julian Wren, Aston Martin Works heritage director, “but we wanted to give the enthusiastic and knowledgeable Retromobile audience the chance to see this exceptional piece of Aston Martin history up close as it progresses through its journey towards concours condition.

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“Like our other cars at this exciting event, 1173 is available to purchase, and I’m looking forward to discussing the car with enthusiasts and collectors alike.”

Retromobile opens February 6 and runs to the 10th.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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