17 May 1999
1959 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk III
Chassis no. AM 300/3/1784
Engine no. DBA/1385
Old English Pewter with maroon leather interior
Engine: straight six cylinders, twin overhead camshaft, twin SU carburettors, 2922cc, 180bhp at 5500rpm; Gearbox: manual four speed with synchromesh except on first gear; Suspension: independent front by trailing arms, live rear axle, coil springs all round; Brakes: four wheel hydraulically-operated discs to front, drums to rear. Right hand drive.
Under the control of a series of wealthy, motor-racing minded backers and proprietors, the tiny Aston Martin company created a memorable selection of superbly crafted specialist sports cars through the 1920s and 1930s and built an enviable racing record. Noticing a classified advertisement in The Times newspaper of London in 1946, David Brown bought the company and continued in the same great tradition. The DB2/4 as The Autocar said, "it was possible to carry four persons in comfort". The opening rear panel, which included the back window, gave access to the luggage space, making the DB2/4 possibly the world's first true hatchback. With the DB2/4 Mk III of 1957 came disc front brakes and a range of engine options producing up to 214 bhp. Minor styling changes included a radiator grille echoing that of the much admired DB3S sports-racers and a sharper rear wing line. Under test, a 162 bhp Mk III recorded 119 mean average speed and 0 to 60 mph in 9.3 secs.
This stunning Aston Martin DB2/4 is from late in the series and was purchased by the present vendor in 1987 from Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd themselves. A comprehensive two-year restoration, documented by an album of detailed photographs, was almost immediately embarked upon by leading specialist Ross Engineering. It is understood to have been practically unused since this work was completed but has been regularly maintained. It exhibits an approach to the Grand Touring car that is as uniquely English. The car is Swiss registered.
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