Unique Aston Martin DB4 Convertible Headed to Retromobile Paris
Only DB4 Convertible with the GT engine is being displayed mid-restoration at Retromobile in France.
Running through Feb. 10, Paris’ recently opened Retomobile show offers attendees a chance to check out one of the rarest classic Aston Martin convertibles in a very unusual form. DB4 Convertible chassis number 1173 is currently being fully restored by Aston Martin Works, and as the only one built with the powerful DB4 GT engine, it is being shown to the crowd without the body.
While showing such a rare piece of automotive history at a major show like Retromobile without a body seems like a strange move, this will allow spectators to see the unique engine and the quality of the undercarriage restoration process in the best way possible.
DB4 Convertible #1173
Aston Martin DB4 Convertible chassis number 1173 was built at the company’s factory in Newport Pagnell back in 1963. That location is used today by the Aston Martin Works division, which handles sales, service and restoration of classic Aston Martin vehicles, so #1173 is being fully restored in the same place that it was first built.
Aston Martin only made 70 examples of the DB4 Convertible built between 1961 and 1963, but chassis number 1173 is the most unique, as it was built with the engine from the spicier DB4 GT. This car was originally built for a personal friend of David Brown, owner of Aston Martin at the time, explaining why it was the only one built with the 314-horsepower GT engine rather than the standard 240-horsepower mill.
This classic Aston is currently being restored to like-new condition and once completed, it will be ready for sale. But before it gets its new skin, DB4 #1173 will be displayed at Retromobile through Feb. 10 as just a chassis and engine.
While it seems crazy to showcase such a special car without the body, this event gives guests a rare chance to see under the skin of a legendary sports car. Those people who come to Retromobile will know what a DB4 Convertible looks like, but the odds are good that none of them have seen one without its body and it is a guarantee that none have seen a GT-powered DB4 Convertible without its skin.
The picture above is the only one offered by Aston Martin thus far, but in it, we can see that the rolling chassis of DB4 Convertible #1173 has the transmission, wheels, brakes, fuel tank and steering wheel, so it can be moved around, but it lacks the body or other interior bits. Some people won’t understand why an incomplete car is on display, but those who can appreciate the uniqueness of this display are sure to love getting a chance to see under the sleek skin of the classic DB4 Convertible.