1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846
Lot 260
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon
Coachwork by Mulliners of Birmingham
Sold for £ 135,900 (US$ 189,529) inc. premium

Lot Details
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. LML 846
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon
Coachwork by Mulliners of Birmingham

Registration no. DFA 54
Chassis no. LML 846
*Single family ownership since 1956
*Exceptionally original
*Offered for restoration
*43,152 miles recorded
*Engine runs

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 sports cars who is not limited by financial considerations.'

    With the introduction of the '2+2' DB2/4 in October 1953, Aston Martin extended the DB2's appeal to the hitherto untapped yet increasingly important market comprised of 'sports car enthusiasts with a family'. 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.

    The 2/4's creation involved modifications to the rear of the chassis plus a reduction in fuel tank capacity from 19 to 17 gallons, which liberated sufficient space within the existing design for two child-sized occasional rear seats. Alternatively, the rear seat backs could be folded down, thus creating a load-carrying platform that more than doubled the luggage space. The latter could be accessed via the 2/4's opening rear door, a pioneering example of the now commonplace 'hatchback' concept.

    'This transformation gives the Aston Martin DB2/4 an unrivalled luggage-carrying capacity in a car which should be capable in favourable circumstances of achieving two miles a minute,' reported The Motor. 'The DB2/4 can truthfully claim to be the fastest car in the world capable of carrying two people with a month's luggage.'

    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. Standard specification included the 2.6-litre 'VB6E' engine in 125bhp Vantage tune, but from early in 1954 the 3.0-litre 140bhp 'VB6J' engine was 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 achievable in third gear and around 120mph maximum - possessing impeccable handling plus a level of comfort rare in any high-performance car. Production of the DB2/4 had reached 525 cars by the time the MkII version arrived in October 1955.

    This DB2/4 was delivered on 7th December 1954 to its first owner, one N V Mackie, Esq of Hartshorne, Derbyshire. Registered 'DFA 54', the Aston was originally finished in Blue Haze with matching trim, grey headlining, and blue carpets. The AMOC Register records that at the 1955 MCC Silverstone meeting, Mackie's DB2/4 received a 1st Class Award.

    According to the guarantee form (copy on file) the next owner was H W Motors Ltd of Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, followed (from 1956) by the current vendor's brother. The other individual listed (Mr B Clements) is the vendor's nephew, though it should be noted that the car has never belonged to him or been registered in his name.

    Off the road in dry storage for many years, 'DFA 54' remains in unmolested condition - even the seat covers have not been removed for 60 years - and is one of the most original of its type that Bonhams has ever encountered. There are records on file of various services by Four Ashes Garage, and the car also comes with jack, tool kit, copy guarantee form, and a V5 registration document. A wonderful opportunity for the dedicated Aston Martin enthusiast.
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