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.

Chassis & Sales

1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 - sold for €333,500 The left-hand drive DB2/4 we offer was supplied new in February 1955 to His Majesty King Baudouin of Belgium. Copy build details on file record that the car was delivered via Mannes, the Aston Martin concessionaire in Belgium, and originally was finished in Imperial Crimson with beige Connolly hide upholstery. Accompanying photographs depict King Baudouin with his brother, the present King Albert II, and it is interesting to note the French di... more
Gallery: 2011 Automobiles d'exception au Grand Palais by Bonhams

1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkII AM3001268 - sold for $87,750 In the present ownership since 1961, stored since the mid-1970s, recently discovered. Despite the car's superficially tatty appearance, the beyond-skin-deep beauty of this example is that it has never been wrecked, disassembled, or improperly restored. Although the air cleaner housings have gone missing, the original jack, engine hand crank, toolbox sans most tools, and glass windscreen washer bottle are present and accounted for. There are at... more
Gallery: 2011 Quail Lodge Sale by Bonhams

1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk I Saloon LML1033 - sold for €90,944 Recent thorough cosmetic and mechanical sorting, with significant upgrades. Three known owners from new, covering roughly 45 of its 56 years. Supplied with restoration documentation and copy of original build sheet. During the last eight months, LML 1033 has been subjected to extensive cosmetic and mechanical refurbishment including a full strip and re-spray as well as full detailing of the engine bay. In addition, every piece of chrome has... more
Gallery: 2011 London Auction by RM

1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II Supersonic - sold for $2,310,000 Rear shot of the 1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II ‘Supersonic’ by Carrozzeria Ghia on AM300/1/1132. Another car from the impressive Patterson collection. Won the Class O3: O4: Postwar Touring & American Chassis with Custom Bodies at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance after a restoration by Brian Joseph of Classic & Exotic Service, Inc. Previously owned by Robert M. Lee.
Gallery: RM's Art of the Automobile

1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupé - sold for €190,400 A splendid example of Aston Martin’s gentleman’s tourer. Includes Aston Martin Heritage Trust Certificate and factory build sheet. Less than 300 miles accumulated since restoration.
Gallery: 2014 Monaco by RM Auctions


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