Beneath the dust and dirt in the photo above is a 1962 Aston Martin DB4 that has been extracted from a barn after 30 years and is now the Pick of the Day on ClassicCars.com, where the ready-for-restoration coupe is being advertised by a dealership in Astoria, New York.
The car comes with a story. It seems the previous owner returned from military service in Vietnam in the 1970s and went back to work at a local body shop. The boss asked the returning vet if he’d help repair the boss’s personal car, which meant going to the boss’s house for several weeks.
Afterward, in thanks for the extra effort, the boss gave the vet this Aston Martin, which the vet then had towed to his home with plans to restore the car.
As you likely have guessed, he “just never got around to it,” the dealership reports. “He parked it in a barn where it sat until recently.”
Extracted from storage, the car is being offered for sale for $325,000.
The dealership points out that this is a DB4 with matching-numbers components, in blue over a red leather interior.
“The introduction of the Aston Martin DB4 marked a new era for the British sports car manufacturer that would restore performance and prestige to the fabled marque,” the dealer adds.
“Wrapped in a seductive, lightweight alloy body fashioned by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan and featuring a powerful 3.7-litre engine, the DB4 offered performance to match its pedigree, becoming the world’s first production car to achieve 0-100-0 mph in under 30 seconds.”
Aston Martin unveiled the DB4 at the London Motor Show in 1958. The car featured styling by Touring on a new tube-frame chassis and with a new inline 6-cylinder, double overhead-cam engine by Tadek Marek, the former racing driver from Poland. The engine was rated at 240 horsepower. The car also had 4-wheel disc brakes.
If the $325,000 asking price seems high, consider that the Hagerty Valuation Guide reports that in just “fair” condition, these cars are worth nearly $400,000 and restored to “concours” condition are worth more than three-quarters of a million dollars.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.