1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkII Saloon Registration no. 4910 F Chassis no. AM300/1234 Engine no. VB6J/858
The need to widen the appeal of the already-successful DB2 resulted in the launch in October 1953 of the 2+2 DB2/4. Extensive revisions to the cars rear end arrangements made room for two occasional seats and more luggage, the latter being accessed via a hatchback rear door, one of this now-common features earliest applications. In addition, a raised roofline, one-piece windscreen, larger bumpers and other detail styling changes differentiated the newcomer from its predecessor. Otherwise, the DB2/4 remained much the same as the DB2, employing the latters rectangular-tube chassis, trailing arm independent front suspension and well-located live rear axle. The W O Bentley-designed, 2.6-litre, six-cylinder, twin-cam power unit came in tuned (125bhp) Vantage specification as standard for the 2/4. Despite this, the redesigns inevitable weight gain was not fully compensated for until the arrival of the 3.0-litre, 140bhp engine in 1954. The cars top speed was now 118mph, with 60mph reached in around 11 seconds. David Browns acquisition of Tickford Ltd in 1953 led to bodywork for the revised MkII model, launched at the London Motor Show in October 1955, being manufactured by the Newport Pagnell coachbuilder. While mechanically very little different from its predecessor, the DB2/4 MkII was readily identifiable by its subtly altered lines, the most significant change being a ¾ increase in roof height that afforded greater headroom. The DB2/4 MkII we offer was purchased from a family friend in 1973 by the present owners father. It then passed from father to son in 1992 and was registered at that time in an ex-partners name. 4910 F has been kept garaged since then and in 2005 underwent restoration by Autobody Repairs of Carterton (invoices on file). It has also had new rear brake shoes, master cylinder, slave cylinders and a fuel pump, while the valves were replaced in 1996. Very presentable in a most attractive colour combination of Connaught Green with red-carpeted black leather interior - the latter apparently original - and silver-painted wire wheels, the Aston is taxed and MoTd to August 2010 and comes with Swansea V5. A stainless steel exhaust system and an immobiliser (the latter fitted for insurance purposes) are the only notified deviations from factory specification.