AUTO - MISCS 2012 - TOUR AUTO - PARIS TO NICE (FRA) - 16 TO 21/04/2012 - PHOTO : ERIC VARGIOLU / DPPI - 174 JEAN-YVES GRANDIDIER / ANTOINE DARLEY FRA / FRA ASTON MARTIN DB 2 / 4 1954 COMPETITION - ACTION
This Aston Martin was delivered new in 1957, to a certain R.W. Titus who lived in the US. Presented in a very elegant shade of grey, a perfect complement to the brown leather interior, this rare left-hand drive version (included as a DHC in the 1963 Aston Martin Register) has benefitted from a thorough restoration in England. Equipped with its original engine (matching numbers), this is a twin carburettor model with manual gearbox.
The car was restored mechanically by L.T. Classic in London and the engine makes an enthralling sound. The body has been repainted, and all the seals have been replaced. Inside, the upholstery has been beautifully renovated, and the beige carpets replaced with new ones, presenting a stylish combination of colours. Bought by the current owner in November 2012, the car has since had work carried out by the garage de la Poste in Vésinet to repair the steering box, overhaul the handbrake and fit Michelin X tyres that remain little used. The odometer, showing 68518 miles, needs to be serviced.
Its accompanying copy build sheet shows that left-hand drive chassis number ‘653’ was originally delivered to a Mr Luc Steinhauser in Luxembourg on 11th March 1955. Its specification included the 3.0-litre engine, kph speedometer and two Lucas headlamps. The original colour scheme was Sea Green with beige Connolly hide and matching carpets and headlining.
One of only 102 DHCs produced. An original factory left-hand-drive example. Freshly restored in iconic Snow Shadow Beige. Formerly owned by Roger Morrison.
An original American-market DB2/4 Mk III. Delivered new by S.H. Arnolt, of Chicago. Matching-numbers engine; . Accompanied by a copy of its build sheet. Finely detailed “gentleman’s express”.