Originally registered in September 1960 to Formula 1 constructor and race team management company, Gilby Engineering Co. Limited, there are in total only three previous owners. First registered as HEX 6, it was subsequently registered 446 UXH, prior to being registered in Germany to the current owner. On return to the UK it is highly likely that the 446 UXH registration number will be relocated to the DB4, as the registration record is still live with the DVLA.
The first owner Gilby Engineering was in the majority owned by Sid Greene, who managed their own racing team, entering cars to be driven by future racing luminaries such as Stirling Moss, Roy Salvadori, Graham Hill and others. Following on from the 1950’s when they raced Fraser Nash, followed by Maserati A6GCS , a Maserati 250 FS and a Cooper Maserati, in the early 1960 Gilby engineering developed a Formula 1 car, the Gilby to be successfully driven by Sid’s son Keith Green
Due to the motoring racing history of Gilby Engineering, we are sure that this DB4 would have been seen at all the major circuits when Keith was racing his Gilby in Formula 1.
The DB4 moved to the second owner in 1991, who undertook the car’s first restoration, of which pictures are held in the car’s history file. The third owner Paul Baguet had further work carried out by Aston Services Dorset in the 1990’s, and ultimately commissioned us to sell the car on his behalf in the mid 2000’s. Following the sale to the present owner in 2005, we were commissioned to carry out a second restoration where the car was transformed to the condition it is in today, in Aston Martin Snow Shadow Grey, with a burgundy interior finished in Connolly hide. At the same time the engine was upgraded by converting the cylinder head to unleaded fuel, the fitting of triple SU carburettors, Vantage specification cams, resulting in an engine now developing 275BHP, a slight increase over the original factory Vantage specification of 266bhp. Again, the history file contains a comprehensive collection of invoices supported by our photographic records from the time.
It is hoped that the next owner will once again enjoy the DB4 more on British roads and for European travel for which it is well suited, DB4/432R is now ready to be used once more for the purpose or which it was built, a grand tourer providing style and performance. With its early history it will no doubt be a welcome addition to the paddocks of Goodwood, Silverstone and other circuits were Astons Martins of a certain age are known to congregate.