1961 Aston Martin

DB4 series Ii Coupe

Deep Carriage Green with Beige leather interior and carpeting, Aston Martin Factory Works Service Restored, Original Left Hand Drive example, Matching Numbers, Original Color Combination, Complete History from New, 4-speed manual, Painted wire wheels, One of the Finest in Existence.

DB4/456/L is accompanied by its original factory build sheet. It was sold on April 3, 1961 through factory distributor J.S. Inskip to Mr. Fordyce L. Foster of Hammondsport, New York, USA. Factory options included a Motorola radio, 3.77:1 rear-end gearing, a heated rear window, an engine-block heater, and a drivers-side mirror.

Having lived in New York from 1961 to 1981, the history is very limited due to the cars limited mileage and use from new. Distributor service work has been recorded in 1961, 1962, and 1973. Living in New York at the time, this DB4 was purchased in 1981 by shipping-family scion Mr. Morten Sigval Bergesen of Oslo from a business acquaintance, Mr. Randy Rommain. Mr. Rommain at that time worked for Mobil Oil Corp. and was also a recorded member of The Aston Martin Club USA. The DB4 then remained in Mr. Bergensens ownership for the next 33 years from 1981 and until its recent purchase by Autosport Designs, Inc.

In a letter, Mr. Bergensen stated the following. The car came to Norway by ship in a container in 1981. It sat in my garage unused apart from a few occasions and did not get any mileage worth noticing. I had some problems with the brakes needing constant bleeding. I used it to drive my son to kinder garden. Arriving at kinder garden the brakes failed, but luckily there was a small hill that took care of that problem. The car was then moved to our office where it was stored. In this period my job did not give me much chance to use the car and maybe I had over evaluated what pleasure the DB4 would give and how I wanted to use my spare time. Family, skiing, sailing etc. took the free time I had available. I contacted Aston Martin Lagonda Limited/Aston Martin Work Services in 2004. Keith Riddington, then an Aston Martin Works Service manager came to Oslo to survey the car and come up with a restoration program. This was concluded by Aston Martins Heritage Restoration Center, first with Keith Riddington as manager and later followed up by David Townsend Works Service manager.

The total restoration by Aston Martin Works Service in Newport Pagnell, UK was completed without regard to cost and returned the DB4 to impeccable and better than new condition. The process was carefully recorded and documented, complete with sections for each major milestone. Please click on the following link for a detailed 166 photo album&

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The car came back to Oslo in 2005. After that time the car has hardly been driven at all. The first years it was driven for a few hours in the summer and stored by a professional garage, dealing with Aston Martin cars. I do not have any records of the mileage, but the car has only been driven for max 10-20 hours after the restauration. The engine is most probably not even broken in.

This DB4 has accumulated only 800 kms since its restoration. It has recently been fully serviced to be ready for immediate use. Upon inspection of DB4/568/Ls factory documented restoration and its current condition, it is truly difficult to fully and completely articulate the scope, scale, and thoroughness of this DB4s restoration. The care and the massive investment of time and money lavished on this series II DB4 makes it arguably one of the finest examples existence.

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