1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark I 3-litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML 1042 Engine no. VB6J/609

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Lot 310
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark I 3-litre Drophead Coupé
Registration no. 733 XUG Chassis no. LML 1042 Engine no. VB6J/609

Sold for £ 100,500 (US$ 121,902) inc. premium
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark I 3-litre Drophead Coupé
Registration no. 733 XUG
Chassis no. LML 1042
Engine no. VB6J/609

Footnotes

  • In October 1953 Aston Martin launched the 2+2 DB2/4 which replaced the already highly successful DB2. The new car accommodated additional passenger space but technically closely resembled its DB2 predecessor, employing the latter’s rectangular-tube chassis, trailing arm, independent front suspension and well-located live rear axle. Initially the DB2/4 retained the W.O. Bentley-designed 2.6-litre, twin-cam power unit which, in Vantage specification, developed 125bhp, however the arrival of the 3-litre, 140bhp engine in 1954 gave the DB2/4 that extra grunt which the more sporting motorist sought. The Drophead Coupé Mark I was built in relatively small numbers with approximately 75 examples leaving Newport Pagnell, many of which were destined for the export market.

    LML 1042 has a quite remarkable history, having had just one family ownership from 1962 to 2007. The car was first registered in August 1955, (therefore being a late series Mark I), originally carrying the registration number SUE 1. Its first was G F Haselep of Henley-in-Arden and he was to keep the car until 1962. The next owner traded in a Wolseley 1500 for this Aston Martin which was invoiced to him on 5th January 1962 by Forge Garage of Hagley for £975. The invoice stated then that the car was to be ‘completely resprayed in original colour to your satisfaction’. It joined an MGA in the family garage. LML 1042 was used as daily transport by its new owner for a number of years, before a more practical Daimler Majestic joined the family stable. Thereafter the Aston was used, generally with the hood down, only for high-days and holidays until its owner’s death in 1988, at which point the car was laid up, not returning to the road until about 1994. In 2001, still in its long-term family ownership, LML 1042 was the subject of a general recommissioning by Four Ashes Garage, including an overhaul of steering, brakes, carburettors, re-facing of the cylinder head, fitting of new valve guide oil seals, valve springs and hardened valve seats for unleaded fuel. In 2007 new wheels and tyres were fitted and the car generally overhauled again by Four Ashes Garage. Detailed bills for this work are on file. Later that year LML 1042 changed hands for just the second time in its history, the previous owner retaining the distinctive SUE 1 registration number. More recently a new hood lining and carpets have been fitted and the leather door panels carefully conserved by The Leather Conservation Centre of Northampton.

    So here is a car of great integrity, conserved in substantially original condition, and on which there has been significant expenditure within the most recent several thousand miles. LML 1042 is smartly presented in metallic grey livery, retaining its original leather upholstery and comes with copies of invoices from 1962, the aforementioned Four Ashes invoices and a good history log from the previous long-term family ownership. It will be offered with current MoT certificate and road fund licence and a Swansea V5C registration document, along with a number of old tax discs and MoT certificates.

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  • There is NO current MOT with this vehicle
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark I 3-litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML 1042 Engine no. VB6J/609
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark I 3-litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML 1042 Engine no. VB6J/609
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark I 3-litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML 1042 Engine no. VB6J/609
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark I 3-litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML 1042 Engine no. VB6J/609
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark I 3-litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML 1042 Engine no. VB6J/609
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark I 3-litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML 1042 Engine no. VB6J/609
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark I 3-litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML 1042 Engine no. VB6J/609
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