• Apr 11, 2011
Aston Martin DB4 convertible barn find – Click above for high-res image gallery

In the U.S., there are plenty of stories about amazing vehicles found in barns. Tales of rare Cobras, forgotten Corvettes and misplaced muscle cars are the subjects of books and dreams. Now, a long-forgotten treasure has recently been unearthed in the United Kingdom, and somewhere David Brown is smiling. An Aston Martin DB4 convertible, one of only 70 produced, has been recovered and will cross the Bonhams auction block.

aston martin db4 convertible interiorRichard Truesdell of AutomotiveTraveler breaks down the history of the DB4 convertible for us (and he does so in a very iPad-friendly format). This particular roughed-up example has a two-owner history, and shows just 60,000 miles on the odometer. The original engine is gone, but the mill that comes with the car is a factory unit, which was installed in the late 1970s. The convertible will be sold in its barn find condition.

Slated to face the gavel on May 21st, auction experts expect the car to go for £80,000 to £140,000, or around $130,000 to $227,000 USD. More is possible, however, because a recent 1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII ended up costing one bidder $319,000. Of course, that one was owned by David Brown himself. Regardless, this barn find will most likely wind up in the hands of someone ready to bring it back to life.



[Source: Automotive Traveler | Image: Gooding and Company]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      My wife grew up in the outskirts of Ann Arbor, MI out in the country. Their neighbor had a medium sized old barn that was just fill with old vehicles. I was never inside it but one day the doors were open and w/ use of binoculars I could see a number of old muscle cars. The in-laws said in the 15 years they lived there they never saw any of the cars get driven.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Makes you wonder what the future of barn finds holds.

      I'm guessing in 50 years abandoned industrial park warehouses will be discovered with Enzos, GT3s, Vantages etc. Probably in better general states of preservation than this DB4, but with restoration challenges galore.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do the machine guns, ejection seat, and tire shredders still work?
      • 3 Years Ago
      You never know what's out there.

      www.carsinbarns.blogspot.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      I baffles me that this kind of find happens. How do you leave a DB4 in the barn and forget about it? Its not like this was the Toyota Corolla of its day.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Usually, some people have to die before the cars become forgotten.

        The person who owned it when it last ran is not going to forget, but when that person dies and the car (and the property it sits on) gets passed to relatives they may not realize what it is. Other items get piled around it over the years and it just gets pushed further and further to the back of their minds.

        It is also common that these barn finds are not "forgotten" at all. Often people refuse to sell for years because "they are going to get around to fixing it up"
      • 3 Years Ago
      That thing looks like an English Engineering Nightmare!
      If you haven't seen this site there are hundreds of amazing pics; well if you are into that sorta thing:
      http://www.carsinbarns.com/
      • 3 Years Ago
      Regarding these barn finds....Do the people that hide them away leave them unlocked with a set of keys inside the cars, or do the people that find them just break in?

      Also, imagine sitting in it, and then suddenly a massive spider runs across the dash!
        • 3 Years Ago
        You have peeked into my nightmares sir...