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ASTON MARTIN DB4 SALOON

Aston Martin DB4 Saloon - 218

page last updated: 22 February 2017


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  This model went through a number of changes during its five year run. It has a claim to fame as being the first Corgi with an opening bit - in this case the bonnet, revealing that lovely straight six engine. Early ones had the engine as a separate casting (I guess as Corgi got better at opening bonnets they were able to incorporate it into the main body shell) a more detailed air scoop on the bonnet and the model number is cast into the baseplate. Later cars have a one-piece body casting and lack the detailed air-scoop and model number

The DB4 saloon was introduced in 1960 and was deleted in 1965. You will find it in primrose yellow or in red. Wheels can be turned, spun or cast spoke effect. It is the yellow ones with cast spokes which are the rarest and worth most.

All three of these are early release models with the two-piece casting. The yellow one at the bottom is very early demonstrated by oil holes over the axles and the unusual cast spoked wheels - so unusual I'd never seen them on any other model until I found a Marks & Spencer 'Trophy' gold plated Vanwall with the same wheels. How much of this became the Bond Aston I wonder? I've done a comparison to my Bond Aston here - Oh, and talking of films, when Michael Caine retrieves his cash from under the bonnet of his DB4 in the Italian Job the bonnet hinges forwards....They smashed that car up in the film too, one of only 70 convertibles ever made, never mind the gold robbery, smashing that Aston was the big crime in that movie.


Early release with detailed air-scoop and separate engine, turned hubs

 

Early release with detailed air-scoop and separate engine, turned hubs

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Very early release with detailed air-scoop and separate engine, spoked hubs

       
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