1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366

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Lot 29
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon

Sold for £ 158,300 (US$ 216,911) inc. premium
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon
Coachwork by Mulliners of Birmingham

Registration no. KMR 567
Chassis no. LML/631
Engine no. VB6E/50/1366

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. The DB2 had been the first fruit of Aston Martin owner David Brown's 1947 acquisition of Lagonda, which made the latter's W O Bentley-designed, twin-overhead-camshaft, 2.6-litre six available for a new sports car. Introduced in May 1950, the DB2 owed much to the Claude Hill-designed DB1, using a shortened and modified version of the latter's chassis and identical suspension. Italian-inspired, the timelessly elegant GT bodywork was the creation of Frank Feeley, and with more power (105bhp at 5,000rpm) and less weight, the sleek DB2 comfortably out-performed its predecessor.

    As well as the extra accommodation afforded by the DB2/4, 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.

    This DB2/4 was completed on 21st December 1953 and delivered via Brooklands of Bond Street on 8th January 1954. Registered 'KMR 567', the Aston was originally finished in Blue Haze with grey-piped blue trim, grey headlining and blue carpets. Its first registered keeper was one Michael L A Risley Pritchard of Little Charfield Farm, Melksham, Wiltshire. According to the build sheet (copy on file) the next owner was the H R Owen dealership, Berkeley Street, London W1 followed by WA Undery of Anchor Garage, Middlesex, while its fourth owner was one J Parker of High Street, Lewisham, London SW13. In 1959, at 36,000 miles, the car was back at Newport Pagnell for a repaint in Elusive Blue, having been maintained by the factory up to this time.

    Other listed owners listed on the accompanying continuation logbook are Michael Francis of Mitcham, Surrey (1970), Henry Haeffner of Betchworth, Surrey (1972) and then to David Court of Derriford, Plymouth (1973). 'KMR 567' joined Mr Court's two other Astons and two Lagondas, and remained in his private collection for 20 years. When sold the car was requiring a complete restoration. Accompanying copies of old V5 documents then list ownership passing to Brian Grundy of Tonbridge in 1993 then Mr R A Cakebread of Sevenoaks in late 1994. Between 2009 and 2011, Mr Cakebread commenced restoration (bills on file) but this was not completed fully before the car passed to the current owner and eventual restorers Spellbound Cars of Farnham, Surrey.

    On arrival at the vendor's premises, the Aston was stripped and assessed, and the decision was made to continue the restoration with the aim of producing one of the finest examples of the marque available today. All the aluminium body panels were repaired or, where necessary, re-manufactured by the vendor's own in-house team of bodywork specialists. On completion of this process the body was prepared for refinishing in Blue Haze metallic paint as per the factory build sheet.

    All chrome trim was refurbished where necessary prior to re-chroming and refitting to the completed body, and a complete rewire carried out at the same time. The interior has been refurbished to the highest standard using Connolly Vaumol leather in the original colour specification of blue, piped in grey, with new grey cloth headlining and blue carpets. Once again this work was carried out by the vendor's own in-house team of craftsmen.

    The full overhaul of the engine and gearbox was entrusted to recognised marque specialists Davron Engineering of Wiltshire, whose expert knowledge and experience of these particular units was deserved by a restoration of this quality. A photographic record of the above is available together with the aforementioned registration documents. 'KMR 567' was meticulously reassembled with the utmost attention to detail prior to final testing in preparation for display at this year's Goodwood Revival meeting, where the quality of the restoration was much admired.
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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/631 Engine no. VB6E/50/1366
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