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Lot 119: Aston Martin DB2/4

HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS, Coys (29 June 2013)

Fine car though the Aston Martin DB2 was, its sales had been affected by the limitations of two seats and minimal luggage space.  Aston Martin thus re-designed the rear of the car to enable two occasional rear seats to be installed and at the same time raising the roof line slightly to increase headroom and fitting a larger rear window in an opening lid. As such, this Aston, appropriately renamed the DB2/4, was arguably the world's first sports hatchback! The windscreen also became a one-piece moulding, the quarter light windows were reshaped, headlights repositioned higher in the bonnet and the overall length increased by six inches. Beneath the aluminium body the rigid steel chassis retained its independent trailing link/coil spring front suspension with transverse torsion bar, a live coil-sprung spring rear axle located by parallel arms and Panhard rods. Brakes were large and powerful drums all round. The DB2/4 made its debut at the 1953 London Motor Show, both with saloon and drophead coachwork, and met with considerable public acclaim. Initially the engine was to 125bhp DB2 Vantage tune, propelling the car to 120mph and 0-60mph in 11.2 seconds, but in summer 1954 the capacity was increased from 2,580cc to 2,992cc which raised power to 140bhp at 5,000rpm and reduced to 0-60mph time to 10 seconds. The Autocar described the DB2/4 as 'a car of rare quality, unusual performance, exceptional roadworthiness and unrivalled versatility.' This lovely example was delivered new to Mr G S Bourne in Rochdale in June 1954 and only two owners have had the pleasure of its performance and unrivalled versatility from new. Finished in the attractive and traditional British Racing Green with a contrasting tan Connolly leather interior, this particular car is presented in wonderful condition and is still turning heads today as it did when it was first manufactured. Supplied with a UK V5 document and a Heritage Certificate, this is a great British sports car very much still in its prime.

Lot Details
Auction HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number119
Estimate£95000-£110000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1954
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Registration numberLDK 548
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Chassis numberLML/649
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