Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464

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Lot 21
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon
Coachwork by Mulliners of Birmingham Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464

Sold for € 241,500 (US$ 266,471) inc. premium
Rare left-hand drive example
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon
Coachwork by Mulliners of Birmingham

Chassis no. LML/938
Engine no. VB6J/464
*Delivered new by Majestic Automobiles in France
*Matching numbers
*Attractive colour scheme

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 sports cars 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. Described by 'The Motor' as 'the fastest automobile in the world capable of carrying two people with a month's luggage', the latest Aston could touch 190km/h while its occupants enjoyed an interior furnished with finest quality leather upholstery and woollen carpets. 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 Mark II in October 1955, by which time the 3.0-litre 'VB6J' engine had been standardised.

Its accompanying BMIHT Certificate shows that left-hand drive chassis number '938' was retailed via the Majestic Automobile Company in Paris, France. It was originally finished in black with beige leather interior but for at least the last 24 years has been British Racing Green with matching upholstery. In 1991 the Aston was owned by a Mr Steve Hitchen in the UK but since then has belonged to the 'Amateurs des Voitures Anciennes' collection. Completely restored around 2000, it was sold by the 'Amateurs des Voitures Anciennes' in 2003 and belonged briefly to Axel Schuette. Later that same year the car passed into the ownership of another German.

Acquired subsequently by the current vendor, the car still presents very well, the restoration showing some slight signs of age. Ready to use, it is 'on the button' and performed well on a recent short test drive. This elegant 'Gentleman's Express' comes with the aforementioned BMIHT Certificate; Aston Martin Certificate of Conformity; German Fahrzeugbrief; a copy of the old French Carte Grise (1991); a copy of a compression test; and sundry invoices including one from Aston Service Dorset dated 1991.
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Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464
Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464
Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464
Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464
Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464
Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464
Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464
Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464
Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464
Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464
Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464
Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464
Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464
Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464
Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464
Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464
Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464
Rare left-hand drive example,1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Chassis no. LML/938 Engine no. VB6J/464
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