<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545

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Lot 78
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe
Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner

Sold for US$ 335,000 inc. premium

Quail Motorcar Auction

14 Aug 2020, 11:00 PDT

Los Angeles

1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe
Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner

Chassis no. LML/1003
Engine no. VB6J/545

2,922cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
140bhp at 5,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Rare, factory left hand drive Drophead Coupe
*Formerly in the collection of glass artist Dale Chihuly
*Well kept, high quality restoration in the original colors
*Great thoroughbred sports car from a golden era of motoring
*Perfect for a special engagement


Previewing in Bedford Hills, New York by appointment. Please contact [email protected] for scheduling.


THE ASTON MARTIN DB2/4

The need to widen the appeal of the already-successful DB2 resulted in the launch of the 2+2 DB2/4 in October 1953. Modifications to the rear of the chassis plus a reduction in fuel tank capacity from 19 to 17 gallons 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 being accessed via a hatchback rear door - one of this now-common feature's earliest applications. In addition, a raised roofline, one-piece windscreen, larger bumpers and other detail styling changes differentiated the newcomer from its predecessor.

Technically, the DB2/4 remained much the same as the DB2, employing the latter's rectangular-tube chassis, trailing arm independent front suspension and well-located live rear axle. The W.O. Bentley-designed, 2.6-liter, six-cylinder, twin-cam power unit came in tuned (125bhp) Vantage specification as standard for the 2/4. Despite this, the redesign's inevitable weight gain was not fully compensated for until the arrival of the 3.0-liter, DB3S-derived, 140bhp engine in 1954. The car's top speed was now 118mph, with 60mph reached in around 11 seconds.

The DB2/4 was never intended to be a racing car but did have an impressive competition career, which began early in 1955 when the Aston Martin Works entered three cars in the Monte Carlo Rally. Reg Parnell was partnered by motor racing photographer Louis Klemantaski in one car, Peter Collins and Graham Whitehead shared the second, while the third was crewed by two former Monte winners, Dutchman Maurice Gatsonides and Frenchman Marcel Becquart. Parnell and Collins put themselves out of the competition by going flat-out from the start and getting penalized for arriving at the checkpoints too early. Parnell was then disqualified before the car got back to Monte Carlo, but Collins was able to continue and won the traditional race around the Monaco GP Circuit. Gatsonides and Becquart led the rally until they passed a secret time-check, and dropped to seventieth place. They were awarded the RAC Trophy for 'Comfort and Safety' for their impressive performance.

DB2/4 production had amounted to 565 cars by the time of the MkII's introduction in October 1955, only some 73 of which were Drophead Coupes. Today, these smart-looking, hand-built Aston Martins are high on collector's lists worldwide, prized for their enviable blend of elegance, performance and usability.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

A truly great 'best of both worlds' sports convertible, the Mulliner Dropheads on these chassis provide fully open motoring or properly enclosed cover if the temperature changes or precipitation should arise. As such they make ideal road touring cars and are blessed with the fabulous heritage of the brand.

As a collectible automobile the limited production run of only 73 cars is bettered still when one divides out those that were built for non-domestic countries and in Left Hand Drive. This extremely rare example is noted on its build sheet as being delivered in this form and was sold through U.S. Agent Inskip 61 years ago in November of 1955. Finished in Blue Haze with blue hides and a beige top it was supplied new to Count Cars Inc. of Media, Pennsylvania.

The early history of this Aston is not known, but it was acquired by the world-famous glass artist Dale Chihuly as part of his burgeoning collection of Aston Martins that came to grow to 28 cars in total. In 2001, the car appeared for sale as a recently restored machine with a work having been finished just prior to sale. Retained by the subsequent, West Coast owner from 2001-2010, LML1003 was purchased by the penultimate owner in April of 2010 and maintained by Treasured Motorcars Services in Owings Mills, Maryland. Acquired by the current owner in January of 2016, it has been enjoyed and maintained since purchase.

Interestingly, a car of identical specification had a starring role in Alfred Hitchcock's seminal 1963 flick The Birds. Driven by Tippi Hedren's character, socialite Melanie Daniels, it featured prominently in many scene—including the ominous closing sequence, and was perfectly suited to the stunning scenery in Bodega Bay, California. The exact car used, carrying California registration RUJ 655 in the film, remains unknown, however.

Documented by a copy of its original build sheet and showing beautifully today, this Aston is ready to be toured and enjoyed. Whether it is for a show, rally, or special engagement, there are few more elegant and sporting ways to participate than in this drop top Aston.

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<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
<b>1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe<br />Coachwork by H.J. Mulliner   </b><br />Chassis no. LML/1003 <br />Engine no. VB6J/545
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