The DB4 was launched by Aston Martin at the 1958 London Motor Show where its "Continental" styling, creating something of a sensation.
The car was the subject of much attention as it was making its initial mark in motoring history by being the first car to be produced at Aston Martin’s new factory in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.
While final assembly of the DB4 was focused there, although platforms, engines and transmissions were manufactured by other companies in the David Brown group.
In the five years that the car was in production, five different "Series" of DB4s were produced, while the car’s design would later go on to form the basis for the other Aston Martin classics of the Sixties.
These included the DB4 GT Zagato, the Lagonda Rapide 4-door saloon, and most prominently its ultimate replacement, the Aston Martin DB5.
For the Series 2 version of the DB 4, released in 1960, Aston Martin provided modifications that included fitting a front-hinged bonnet to the four-seater, with chrome window frames brightening the appearance, while a new-style front bumper was also added.
From a technical viewpoint, the DB4’s front brakes were increased to 12i-inch diameter, with 111-inch rears.
Altogether 1,110 DB4s were produced, in five distinct 'series' with various style changes and improvements throughout its five-year run.
Of the 1,100 just 70 were convertibles, a variation first introduced in 1962.
Proving its status as frontrunner, built around the more than ten years of experience and development of the DB 2 series in its various formats, every car in the DB4 to DB6 Mk II range used the same basic pressed steel platform chassis.
Though there were several different wheelbases, each combination also came fitted with a version of the straight-six all-alloy twin-cam engine designed by Tadek Marek for Aston Martin.