This Aston Martin DB4 Is a 100,000 Mile Hot Rod

It's hard to beat the appeal of a classic Aston with a built engine and the reliability of a proper daily driver.

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The DB4 Series 2 is a straight-six wonder you are encouraged to enjoy to the fullest. That's the opposite of its successor, Bond's DB5, which is an investment much more likely to end up as a garage queen.

The first car built at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, the DB4 is a grand tourer designed by Touring. Powered by a double-overhead cam 3.67 liter straight-six, the DB4 packed a pair of SU carburetors and 240 horsepower. Four facelifts and a few Zagato-bodied racing cars later, Aston has moved on to produce the DB5, but built right, a DB4 will always smoke its younger stablemate.

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's hot rod was built right. It features an engine bored to 4.2 liters with tuned valves and the triple carb setup off the later Vantage. While it only revs to 5500 rpm, it has all the torque in case you need to chase some E-Types. The car's independent front/solid rear suspension was also beefed up with thicker sway bars and improved bushings, and the resulting machine speaks for itself. 107,000 miles on the clock, roughly 220 horses at the wheels, and a sound only a Marek-six can make. Otherwise known as driving perfection.

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