Expectedly, those signature lines have earned the DB4 a treasured spot in the Aston lineage, and this iconic look would survive throughout the rest of the David Brown Aston Martin era. Production of the DB4 concluded in the spring of 1963, and spanned around 1,100 built in total across five series.
This car, a Series IV, bore witness to Aston’s revised seven bar grille, recessed taillights, and wielded the company’s new performance-tuned ‘Vantage’ engine, good for 266 horsepower. With only 70 manufactured in total, the DB4 convertible is the rarest of all the David Brown Aston Martins, apart from the Zagato, with this DB4 known to be one of just nine Series IV convertibles produced.
It isn’t without its touch of celebrity provenance either. This Aston Martin was delivered new to original owner, actor, writer and diplomat Peter Ustinov in July 1962. Also of note at Saturday’s Aston Martin sale – a 1966 DB5 Vantage Convertible that sold for $2.3 million, as well as a ’62 4.0-liter DB4 convertible that sold for $1.2 million.