1953→1955 Aston Martin DB2/4

The DB2 was Aston Martin’s best selling model to date, but the economic climate for a two-seater car at this price was limited, so Aston Martin began work on making changes to the car.

Removing the cross-bracing above the rear axle had allowed space for two rear seats to be fitted and a lift-up rear door – which today we would call a hatchback – was let into the rear bodywork
for access to the luggage space. Further revisions to the body included seperate bumpers – the DB2 had a chrome rubbing strips – and a single piece windsreen. To counteract a small increase in weight, the 125 bhp Vantage spec engine was now standard.

The DB2/4 was shown at the London Motor Show in 1953, both saloon and drophead versions were available. Further improvements in the design of the body included a different shape for the rear quarter lights, headlamps set higher in the bonnet and improved bumpers.

In September 1953, a new 3-litre unit, which could produce 140bhp at 5000bhp.

In 1955 David Brown moved production to Tickford at Newport Pagnell when the second generation DB2/4 (which became known as the Mark II) was built. At its peak the DB2/4 was being built at the rate of six/seven cars a week even though it was strictly hand built.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
production years 1953 – 1955
built at Feltham, England
body stylist Frank Freeley
coachbuilder Tickford Coachbuilding
price £/td> £2,622
engine Inline-6
valvetrain DOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement 2580 cc / 157.4 in³
bore 78 mm / 3.07 in
stroke 90 mm / 3.54 in
power 93.2 kw / 125.0 bhp @ 5000 rpm
specific output 48.45 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 106.02 bhp per tonne
torque 195 nm / 143.8 ft lbs @ 2400 rpm
driven wheels Front Engine / RWD
front brakes Drums
rear brakes Drums
f suspension Trailing Arms w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Live Axle w/Trailing Links, Panhard Rod, Coil Springs
curb weight 1179 kg / 2600 lbs
wheelbase 2515 mm / 99.0 in
front track 1372 mm / 54.0 in
rear track 1372 mm / 54.0 in
length 4305 mm / 169.5 in
width 1651 mm / 65.0 in
height 1359 mm / 53.5 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
final drive 3.77:1
top speed ~193.08 kph / 120 mph
0 – 60 mph ~12.6 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~18.9 seconds