James Bond might have been a brash and brave secret agent, but we bet he wouldn't have had the guts to take on this project 1962 Aston Martin DB4. This rough DB4 has been in storage since 1974, and by the looks of it, it wasn't a climate controlled garage. But given what the seller is asking for it and the recent spike in value of DB4s, we think Mr. Bond would be crazy to not extort M or the British Crown to get the money to buy and restore this car. This car is being offered by Gull Wing Motor Cars, out of Astoria, New York. Their asking price might be a bit high for a project, $185,000, but let's take a closer look to see if it might be worth the money.
We don't think the DB4 is as attractive as its predecessor the DB2, but thats our personal opinion. However, there is no doubt that the DB4's design impacted every Aston Martin design after it, with its more subtle grill and less rounded body. It's sad that the DB4 never actually made it into any of the James Bond movies, but a handful were used as test mules for the movie while they waited to receive the DB5 for Goldfinger.
Not only did the DB4 receive an exterior make over, but it also benfited from a mechanical refresher. Aston Martin dropped a new 3.7 inline into into the engine bay that was developed by Tadek Marek. This new engine produced an impressive 240 horsepower, but was prone to overheating. This car still has its original engine and four speed gearbox, but the seller doesn't mention if it runs or not. This combination was able to hurdle the DB4 to about 130 mph while getting about 15 mpg.
Of the British sports car manufacturers, Aston Martin produced some of the finest cars with the best appointed interiors. The DB4 was no exception and this one looks to have fared the test of time well. It looks to be complete and only in need of a good cleaning. The only thing we would replace is the carpet, which looks to be about shot. It's obvious that this car has rust on the floors, but the question is how bad is it? Hopefully the floors aren't as bad as the trunk, which is going to need to be completely cut out and replaced.
This Aston is going to be an expensive project to get back to showroom quality, but if the price keeps going up for these it could be a great investment. If we had the money to buy this car we would just fix the rust underneath, get it running, and drive it as is. It would probably draw more attention that way than it would with a new paint job. Then again, we doubt it is going attract as many ladies as James' shiny silver DB5 did...