1955 Aston Martin DB2/4
Lot 247
By order of the executors of Richard Pulford, deceased,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'MkI' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/1016 Engine no. VB6J/521
Sold for £113,500 (US$ 190,773) inc. premium
Lot Details
By order of the executors of Richard Pulford, deceased
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'MkI' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon
Coachwork by Mulliners of Birmingham

Registration no. RGW 529
Chassis no. LML/1016
Engine no. VB6J/521

Footnotes

  • Testing the new DB2/4 in 1954, Autocar acknowledged that the Aston Martin had, 'been well known for very many years as a sports car of fine quality and high performance,' while characterising the Newport Pagnell manufacturer's latest offering as, 'an expensive car designed to cater for the connoisseur of sportscars who is not limited by financial considerations.'

    Introduced in October 1953, the DB2/4 widened the already considerable appeal of the DB2 by the simple expedient of installing two occasional rear seats, the latter being facilitated by extensive revisions to the car's rear end. As well as the extra accommodation, there was also room for more luggage, the latter being accessed via a hatchback rear door. A raised roofline, one-piece windscreen, larger bumpers and other detail styling changes further differentiated the new '2+2' from its predecessor. Otherwise, the DB2/4 remained mechanically much the same as the DB2, though the Vantage (125bhp) engine became the standard specification. A total of 565 DB2/4s was produced before the arrival of the MkII in October 1955, by which time the 3.0-litre 'VB6J' engine had been standardised.

    Its accompanying copy build sheet shows that chassis number '1016' was originally fitted with engine number 'VB6J/550'. It should be noted that the chassis plate has been re-stamped with the replacement engine's number.

    Registered 'RGW 529', the car was retailed via Brooklands of Bond Street and first owned by Messrs Henry Neal Limited of Baker Street, London W1. Its late owner purchased the Aston via Ken Jarvis Ltd of Waterloo Road, Hanley for £395 on 7th October 1966. He part exchanged an Austin A60 (allowance of £300) and HP'd the remaining £95 over 12 months! The bill of sale is on file together with another bill for £230 for repairs to the bonnet in 1980. Dated May 2008, the most recent bill is for MoT testing and changing the oil and brake fluid. In addition, there are 13 expired MoT certificates on file, showing the mileage total increasing from 63,000 in 1994 to 75,000 when the most recent was issued in February 2011. The car also comes with Swansea V5C document and a copy of an Autocar road test of the 3.0-litre DB2/4. SORN'd up to February 2013, the car will require re-commissioning before returning to the road.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note there are 20 + invoices of work done to the car, mostly by the Aston Martin specialists Four Ashes Garage Ltd in Stratford on Avon, which will be supplied after the sale.
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