This Pre-Production Aston Martin DB4 Is A Classic British Unicorn

Not only is it utterly mint thanks to a £222,000 restoration, but this very special DB4 also has plenty of competitive action under its belt. We like

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There are no Aston Martins you could exactly call common, but some are definitely rarer than others. This is one of those unicorns.

This is a pre-production DB4 from 1959, just the third right-hand drive DB4 ever built at the Newport Pagnell site, to which the company has just returned. Eventually owned by well-known Aston Martin enthusiast Richard Williams for 37 years, it was originally Aston Martin’s demonstrator for the London area.

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It was upgraded in various ways over its life as it was used to compete in classic hill-climb events. The race-prepped car has a re-trimmed leather interior and has been adapted to use the triple-Weber carburettor setup from a later Vantage.

The straight-six engine has recently been rebuilt from its original 3.7 litres to the later, more powerful 4.2-litre spec. The five-speed manual gearbox is also a change from the standard equipment, while under modified wheel arches sit larger-offset wire wheels.

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Classic car specialist Hexagon acquired it and carried out a hefty restoration to bring it back to ‘near-concours’ condition inside and out, including the rather lovely Blu Scozia paint. The cost of the recommissioning work was all of £222,000, so you know this car isn’t going to go cheap.

They’re now calling it one of the finest DB4s in the world. As well as the stand-out condition it wears its original registration number of WLC 433. It’s a super-rare find given how few pre-production DB4s were made in the first place.

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It’s available to view in the company’s north London showroom. We don’t have a price for it and the car doesn’t seem to be listed on the firm’s website at the time of writing, but expect it to have many zeroes.