1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Spider

A year after the introduction of the DB2/4, Stanley Harold Arnolt ordered several bare chassis for Bertone bodywork. Among a few different designs, he had three of these Spyders made.

Franco Scaglione was responsible for the design at Carrozzeria Bertone. He used the flowing lines and added a sharpness by using a crease along the extremity of the the fenders. The result was distinctly Italian but didn’t lose the Aston Martin ‘look’. Later the successful design was used on Harold Arnolt’s Bristol-Bolide.

Only three Bertone Spiders were made. Two of these were prepared with minimal interiors as if they were prepared for racing. LML/505 differs with it’s more opulent interior and grill-fitted bumpers.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
body stylistFranco Scaglione
coachbuilderCarrozzeria Bertone
production3
engineDB2 Vantage Inline-6
positionFront Transverse
aspirationNatural
valvetrainDOHC
displacement2922 cc / 178.3 in³
bore78 mm / 3.07 in
stroke90 mm / 3.54 in
compression8.2:1
power93.2 kw / 140 bhp @ 5000 rpm
specific output47.91 bhp per litre
torque195.24 nm / 144.0 ft lbs @ 2400 rpm
front brakesGirling Drums
rear brakesGirling Drums
f suspensionTrailing Arms w/Coil over Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionLive Axle w/Radius Rods, Coil Springs
wheelbase2515 mm / 99.0 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.92:1, 1.96:1, 1.33:1, 1.00:1
top speed~193.1 kph / 120.0 mph

Chassis

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Spider

LML/502-Since new, this red example was owned by Stanley Harold Arnolt for most of its life. It was the first of three cars made. The car was offered for public sale by Christies International Motor Cars 2002 Pebble Beach Auction and sold for a steal at $360,000 USD.
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Spider

LML/507-Displayed at the 1954 Chicago Motor Show and then was sold to Phil Stewart, one of Arnolt’s factory racing drivers. Carl Kiekhaefer later owned the car and raced it in several SCCA events in the Midwest. Later it was included Michael Schudroff’s collection and had some minor paint work done. Over the 55 year period the car had covered only 14,500 miles and still had it’s original interior. It sold at Gooding & Co.’s 2009 Pebble Beach Auction for $1,045,000 USD inclusive of buyer’s premiu

Auction Sales History

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Competition Spider – sold for €672,000 One of three built and the only known unrestored “survivor”. The only Bertone-bodied Aston Martin with known racing history. Wonderful 15,000-mile original example with exceptional patina. Single ownership for 38 years.
Auction Source: RM 2011 Villa d’Este Auction