1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 CoupeSOLD

Coys Spring Auction - Royal Horticultural Hall - London - February 27, 2007

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Fine car though the Aston Martin DB2 was, its sales had been affected by the limitations of two seats and minimal luggage space. Aston Martin thus re-designed the rear of the car to enable two occasional rear seats to be installed and at the same time raising the roof line slightly to increase headroom and fitting a larger rear window in an opening lid. As such, this Aston, appropriately renamed the DB2/4, was arguably the world's first hatchback. The windscreen also became a one-piece moulding, the quarterlight windows were reshaped~ headlights repositioned higher in the bonnet and the overall length increased by six inches. Beneath the aluminium body the rigid steel chassis retained its independent trailing link/coil spring front suspension with transverse torsion bar, a live coil-sprung spring rear axle located by parallel arms and Panhard rods. Brakes were large and powerful drums all round. The DB2/4 made its debut at the 1953 London Motor Show, both with saloon and drophead coachwork, and met with considerable public acclaim. Initially the engine was to 125bhp DB2 Vantage tune - propelling the car to 120mph and 0-60mph in 11.2 seconds - but in summer 1954 the capacity was increased from 2,580cc to 2,992cc which raised power to 140bhp at 5,000rpm and reduced to 0-60mph time to 10 seconds. The Autocar described the DB2/4 as 'a car of rare quality, unusual performance, exceptional roadworthiness and unrivalled versatility.'

The previous owner of OOV 919 had the pleasure of its performance and unrivalled versatility for over 34 years. It was during his, obviously devoted, relationship that an extensive restoration was undertaken. A full photographic documented history exists as testament to this restoration undertaken in 1998. During his later years, the cars fell into disuse and it was then that the vendor acquired it. After a light re-commissioning which included the usual fluids and fresh cross ply tyres, this powerful tourer is ready for use. So thorough was the restoration that the leather interior has developed the kind of patina that only hard cash and time can achieve. The body shell is described as being in excellent condition with no corrosion in evidence. This lovely example comes with the original jack still located as well as the original workshop manual, log book and a more modern UK registration document detailing the matching numbered originality of the car. A fresh 12 month MoT will be attributed to this beautiful Aston. Just as it should be, a great British sports car very much still in its prime.

Reference Number 7203

as of 2/16/2007

Car 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe