1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Two-Door Drophead Coupe  Chassis no. LML 930 Engine no. VB6J/447

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Lot 540
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Two-Door Drophead Coupe
Registration no. PYR 359 Chassis no. LML 930 Engine no. VB6J/447

Sold for £ 62,000 (US$ 82,671) inc. premium
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Two-Door Drophead Coupe
Registration no. PYR 359
Chassis no. LML 930
Engine no. VB6J/447
'The Aston Martin DB2/4 is an expensive car designed to cater for the connoiseur of sports cars who is not limited by financial considerations' so wrote The Autocar, on October 2, 1953. Widening the appeal of the DB2, the 2/4 had four-seats, created by adding two occasional folding rear seats and raising the roof line, the resulting flat deck creating possibly the earliest form of hatchback. A one-piece windscreen replaced the split-screen and a full set of bumpers was also provided. Standard specification included the 125bhp 2.6-litre twin ohc 'W.O. Bentley' engine, but from 1954 a bigger bore 3-litre 140bhp engine was then installed, providing 118mph top speed and 60mph in around 11 seconds. This was one of the fastest cars then built in Great Britain - with 100mph in third gear and around 120mph maximum - with impeccable handling plus a level of comfort then rare in any high-performance car. The extremely attractive drop-head convertible was unveiled at the 1954 London Motor Show, suitably stiffened and some 37% more expensive than the coupe.

One of only 73 or so dropheads, supplied new to Brooklands of Weybridge and registered on April 29th, 1955, this Mulliner-bodied 3-litre car was meticulously restored at enormous expense by Twyford Moors last year to its original colour scheme of Blue Haze with blue leather upholstery piped blue, blue hood and blue carpets. The old log book from 1958 lists seven owners, from London SW1, Sussex and Surrey, to Godalming in 1970, since when we understand the car was taken off the road until now. This simply stunning car - finished to concours level – is also spotless underneath, the body and chassis parts all reported to be stamped as they were by the factory, LML 930. A very rare opportunity therefore, this quite superb original right-hand drive example is finished in arguably the best colour scheme of all, as it was originally, and comes with Swansea V5 and MoT certificate.
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