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.
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|type||Series Production Car|
|production years||1953 – 1955|
|built at||Feltham, England|
|body stylist||Frank Freeley|
|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|
|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|
|top speed||~193.08 kph / 120 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||~12.6 seconds|
|0 – 1/4 mile||~18.9 seconds|