Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889
Lot 208* N
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé
Registration no. not UK registered Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889
Sold for £ 225,500 (US$ 299,627) inc. premium

Lot Details
Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889 Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889 Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889 Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889 Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889 Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889 Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889 Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889 Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889 Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889 Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889 Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889 Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889 Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889 Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889 Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889 Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889 Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889 Left-hand drive,1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 300/1266 Engine no. VB6J-889
Left-hand drive
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. 300/1266
Engine no. VB6J-889
* One of only 6 export, left hand drive examples of the model
* Two owners from new
* Laid up since the 1970s
* Ultra rare, ripe for restoration

Footnotes

  • Of the 15 or 16 examples of the DB2/4 Mark II produced, just 6 were marked for the export market, making this a particularly rare Aston Martin, as well as being the first production series of Aston Martin Convertibles with Tickford coachwork built at Newport Pagnell.

    Confirmed by copies of its factory order on file, this remarkable 'as found' Aston was delivered new on 19 April 1957 to Robert Torrence of Mount Kisco, just north of New York City, in America. Mr Torrence received his elegant convertible in striking Dockers Ivory paintwork with its luxurious interior trimmed in blue Connolly hides. Quite probably to assist with his touring he added a luggage rack to the boot lid, and we can presume that this was how he enjoyed the car for his five years of ownership.

    In 1962, Mr Torrence's tenure would come to an end when in the middle of winter he traded the convertible in to Foreign Cars Corporation of Woodside New York. They in turn sold the car to its second and last owner, Marvin Biren of Brookline, Massachusetts on 8 January 1962. Mr Biren agreed to pay $2,400 delivery included (copies of that bill of sale and NY dealer's doc along with cancelled checks in our file). According to Mr Biren, the mileage read approximately 22,000 miles in January 1962. He then used this car daily as his only source of transportation until 1977 when it was then put away with 84,037 miles. But, it was not just limited to a back and forth to work vehicle, the Biren's drove across the United States for a holiday in Alaska, no small feat! Various souvenir photos of these 'high days and holidays' are on file, snapshots from another era...

    Being a trained missile guidance scientist/engineer Mr Biren performed the regular maintenance on his Aston Martin himself, which over the years included a rear axle half shaft repair and a valve job, twice. Marv Biren added the front MGB indicators with bulbs on the ends of the wing trim strips, a Blaupunkt radio (original glove box included), modified the accelerator pedal and also added side mirrors. Its exhaust is non-standard, a creation of Mr Biren designed to negotiate the Boston road without grounding out.

    After his first decade of use, a change in accommodations necessitated storage of the car away from Mr Biren's home and so from that point, its use became much more limited, eventually leading to it being laid up. As they say, it was 'running when parked in 1977' and he reports with 60 lbs oil pressure when hot at 3000rpm. And there the car would rest until earlier this year, when Mr Biren had an epiphany and decided that he should get a new Aston Martin - to assist with that purchase, his old one simply had to go, bringing it to market today!

    Never restored, the car's condition is the accumulation of 20 years of use and 40 of storage, which despite first glances it has endured extremely well. Its owner reports the car to be remarkably solid and undamaged underneath, and importantly per the build sheet it retains its original VB6J engine. It still carries intriguing detail features such as its original Avon spare, owner's manual, jack, grease gun and spark plug holder.

    With exceptional rarity and an unmatchable provenance, this is a special example of the breed, deserving of sympathetic restoration. Should the vehicle remain in the UK, local taxes of 5% will be applied to the hammer price.
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