1959 Aston Martin DB4

Aston postWithout a doubt, my ’59 Aston DB4 was simply the best all around sports car I’ve had the pleasure to own.

For a stretch of time mid eighties to early nineties, the Aston and Jag shared garage space. Though the Jag outpaced the Aston in terms of handling and outright slingshot ability, the Aston offered that special aura of bespoke tailoring. And no wonder, Astons were hand-built and their aluminium coachwork hand formed over wooden bucks. One at a time. Company owner David Brown was once cornered by a prospective client who commented that Astons were too expensive and he’d be willing to buy one at cost. Sir David happily agreed as he lost money on every one built.

My good friend Richard Stafferton was a noted VSCCA racer and the proprietor of Toronto’s Autophile book and model store. He was a big influence on me at the time, particularly about Astons. Richard knew of a “nice original Series I for sale by a local oil distributor for around twenty grand” (uh, that was 1986). Years of reading up on Astons suggested that other series and models were the better buy, but first glimpse and first drive was all it took to convince me otherwise. Instinct prevailed that day and I bought her on the spot… and I never read another buyer’s guide since.

My wife-to-be, anxious to convince me of her enthusiasm for cars, flew to Toronto to join the fun of repatriating the Aston to the road and for the nine-hour drive back to Vermont. Of course we picked the hottest day of the year, and the brakes pulled and grabbed more than an overstimulated pre-schooler. Yet we made it home and enjoyed close to ten years fantastic driving one of Sir David’s finest.

Once again, business and domestic life got in the way of too many cars and the Aston had to go. She wound up back in Toronto with friend Richard. Soon after, however, my good friend of 15 years was diagnosed with brain cancer and he lived only a short while longer. I had the chance to repurchase the Aston but a thin wallet wouldn’t allow. So if you know where chassis DB4/134/L is today, I’d sure like to find out!

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