1957 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mark II
Lot 234
1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkII Sports Saloon, Chassis no. AM300/1192 Engine no. VB6J/779
Sold for £152,700 (US$ 256,661) inc. premium
Lot Details
1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkII Sports Saloon

Coachwork by Tickford

Registration no. ULN 10
Chassis no. AM300/1192
Engine no. VB6J/779

Footnotes

  • 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 car's 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 feature's 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 latter's 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 redesign's inevitable weight gain was not fully compensated for until the arrival of the 3.0-litre, 140bhp engine in 1954. The car's top speed was now 118mph, with 60mph reached in around 11 seconds. David Brown's 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. Other than a handful of DB MkIIIs from early production, the DB2/4 MkII is the last Aston Martin from the Feltham era that is eligible for all the best touring and rally events with a cut-off date of 1957.

    Prior to 2013, 'ULN 10' was in the hands of one caring owner for 35 years, during which it was carefully maintained even though used only sparingly. Aston Service Dorset figured prominently throughout much of this period, supplying many genuine parts for the car's upkeep, while less than 2,000 miles ago the engine benefited from a full rebuild by the legendary Martin Cheetham, famous for producing some of the finest and fastest Feltham Aston engines. As a MkII, 'ULN 10' has the desirable 3.0-litre engine rather than the earlier 2.6-litre unit.

    Ready and eager for its next event, the Aston has just returned from competing in the Tour Auto where it was much admired among some of the world's most iconic and expensive cars. In preparation for this arduous event, marque experts R S Williams performed a thorough service and a full brake rebuild. In addition, the car was fitted with new chromed wire wheels and spinners, Michelin Pilot Sport tyres and tubes, stainless steel 'Felthamfast' exhaust manifolds by Tim Stamper, new front/rear stainless steel bumpers and over-riders, and full safety harnesses.

    Attractively finished in black over Burgundy with a delightful grey leather interior, 'ULN 10' is offered with owner's handbook, old-style logbook, sundry invoices, Swansea V5 document and current tax/MoT, the latter showing no 'advisories'. It also comes with an extensive and detailed history file.

Saleroom notices

  • The second to last paragraph in the catalogue should read: The car has just returned from competing in the Tour Auto where it was much admired even when amongst some of the world's most iconic and expensive cars. In preparation for this rigorous event Aston experts RSWilliams performed a thorough service and the car was also fitted with new chrome wire wheels, Michelin Pilote Sport tyres and tubes, spinners, a full brake rebuild, stainless steel 'Felthamfast' exhaust manifolds by Tim Stamper, and full harnesses. New stainless steel bumpers and overriders have been fitted to the front and rear.
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