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Aston Martin DB4

Aston Martin DB4 (United Kingdom, 1958-1963)

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Aston Martin released the grand tourer DB4 in 1958, in London. The British carmaker produced this sports car model until 1963, which spawned five series.



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History, Development and General Characteristics

At the 1958 London Motor Show, Aston Martin unveiled the DB4 and it went on to be produced for five series. This was also Aston Martin’s first car to have its assembly at the Newport Pagnell plant, in Buckinghamshire.
Derivate versions of the DB4 include: the GT, the GT Zagato, Vantage, Vantage GT and Volante. From 1958 through 1963, a sum of 1110 DB4 units were built.



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Engine and Transmission

The Aston Martin DB4 is powered by a 3.7-liter front engine, which was conceived by Tadek Marek. It comes with 240 hp and can reach up to 139 mi/h (224 km/h), while going from 0–60 mi/h in 8 seconds.
The rear-wheel drive DB4 is supported by either a 4-speed manual or a 3-speed automatic transmission.



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Chassis

Tube-framed steel chassis.   Platform (no data)   Suspension Independent front suspension with lower wishbones, dampers and coil springs. Rear rigid axle with Watt linkage, coil springs and dampers.   Steering Rack and pinion steering.   Brakes All-wheels servo assisted disc brakes.



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Body and Design

The DB4’s lightweight body was conceived at Carrozzeria Touring, in Milan, Italy. This model was initially available both as a 2+2 hatchback and as a 2-seat coupe. Then, in 1962, a 2+2 convertible bodywork was also made available.



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