1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 COUPE
Registration No. Not UK registered
Chassis No. LML 645
Engine No. VB 6E 501378
Sage green with dark red upholstery.
Engine: Six cylinders in line, twin overhead camshaft, twin SU carburettors, 2,580cc, 125bhp at 5000rpm; Gearbox: four speeds, with synchromesh except on first gear; Suspension: independent front by trailing links, rear live axle, coil springs all round; Brakes: hydraulic drum all round. Right hand drive.
Aston Martin memorably but not at all profitably built superbly crafted sports and fast touring cars through the 1920s and 1930s, building an enviable reputation in competition. When David Brown took over the company in 1946 after it was offered for sale in a classified advertisement in The Times, he continued in that great tradition. A completely new range of cars was introduced with a very up-to-date square-tube chassis powered by a magnificent straight-six twin overhead camshaft engine developed under the supervision of W.O. Bentley. Clad with a sleek aerodynamic two seater coupe body, a DB2 won its class in the 1000-mile open road Mille Miglia race and came third at Le Mans, heading the three-litre class. It was put into production as a pure fast touring two-seater and the coupe was quickly developed into the DB2-4, in which, in the words of The Autocar, it was possible 'to carry four persons in comfort'. A crucial feature was the rear panel, which included the rear window and could be opened for access to the luggage, making the DB2-4 the archetypal hatchback. With a mean maximum speed in excess of 110mph on test, it was one of the world's fastest four seaters of under 2.5 litres and possessed acceleration in keeping. By early 1950s standards it was also very quiet, well equipped and comfortable; a magnificent expression of the newly-emerging 'gran turismo' ideal, it has become one of the most highly coveted of classics.
This DB 2/4 was sold new in Belgium. When the first owner passed away, in the mid-eighties, the car came into the possession of the mechanic who had looked after it. He kept the car without using it and now his widow is selling what is basically a one-owner car, as confirmed by the original log book which comes with the car and has only one name from new registered in it.
The car is in totally original condition, including even the paintwork; the car also has its original tools, footpump and copper and hide hammer. It will need careful recommissioning as it has remained unused for many years. Christie's are delighted to offer what has to be a unique opportunity to buy an original, one owner DB 2/4.