At the recent South Bank Classic Car boot sale we stumbled across a very special Aston. An Aston like no other.
This 1960 Aston Martin is a factory DB4 Lightweight. The race car is currently being offered for sale by the Duke of London.
Sporting a mean track stance with those bulging rear wheel arches, this Aston is no Sunday cruiser, its a serious race machine. Chassis Number DB4/228/R is one of only 25 DB4 lightweights and was recently used as the Marsh Plant Hire Team Car. (A team that has is well known in the UK for piloting some very desirable Aston Martins.)
While it looks beautiful, its also packs over 400 horsepower. Making it the fastest known lightweight.
It comes then as no surprise that the engine has been bored to a 4.5 litre racing specification, complete with triple webbers. It is mated to a highly modified constant-mesh David Brown gearbox built by DPA. Which drives a Hewland Powerflow Diff.
You would not know it, but hiding behind those period wire wheels, are Indy Car 4 (Front) and 6 (Rear) pot brakes. Serious pulling power to stop this beast. The attention to detail in this track monster is second to none. The drilled out sections of the door, for example, are exquisitely executed.
Inside its an all modern race-spec affair with a full roll cage. This infamous car has been vastly modified and uprated over the years under the watchful eye of Geoffrey Marsh. This car was owned by Geoff until August 2013, when following its success at the 2013 Aston Martin Centenary meet at Brands Hatch, an unknown private collector purchased it.
We think this might just be the ultimate classic track toy. Race- ready, its ready to hit the track in anger. It’s definitely an Aston like no other. Stay tuned to Driven Threads. We’ve got a full feature on the street cars of England coming soon!