The need to increase demand of the already-successful DB2 resulted in the launch in October 1953 of the 2+2 DB2/4. Extensive amendments to the car’s rear end arrangements made room for two occasional seats and more luggage, the latter being accessed via a hatchback rear door, one of this now-common feature’s earliest applications. In addition, a raised roofline, one-piece windscreen, larger bumpers and other detail styling changes differentiated the newcomer from its predecessor. Otherwise, the DB2/4 remained much the same as the DB2, employing the latter’s rectangular-tube chassis, trailing arm independent front suspension and well-located live rear axle. The W O Bentley-designed, 2.6-litre, six-cylinder, and twin-cam power unit came in tuned (125bhp) Vantage specification as standard for the 2/4. Despite this, the redesign’s inevitable weight gain was not fully compensated for until the arrival of the 3-litre, 140bhp engine in 1954. The car’s top speed was now 118mph (190km/h) with 60mph (97km/h) reached in around 11 seconds.
Delivered new to Paris via distributor Majestic Motors to a Mr. Jean-Richard Ducros, this rare example later found its way to Germany before being brought into the UK by the current owner. Our vendor has had this rare, original RHD for 17 years and has maintained the car in perfect, driving condition. The Aston comes with a comprehensive history file – a large amount of work was carried out by Roos Engineering in Switzerland and an Aston Martin specialist in Germany, where the engine was upgraded to MkIII specification and the car was prepared for regularity events.
The engine has been fitted with unleaded valve seats, Carillo pistons and con rods and a lightened flywheel and balanced crankshaft. Leading specialist Four Ashes and Sherwood Restorations (both experienced DB2/4 specialists) carried out work on the car including rebuilding the engine in 1999 and refinishing the car in dark blue. In 2014, the engine was again rebuilt in with new piston liners and seals by Davron, and has covered around 3000 miles since the rebuild. The Aston is fitted with a modern starter and a positive earth alternator and later spec MKIII disc front brakes.
The original dynamo, front Alfin brake drums, new brakes shoes, new brake cylinders, original starter motor, dynamo and other minor spares or original fittings are supplied with the car. This is fabulous fast road going car that has proven to be 100% reliable according to the current owner and started on the button when we viewed the car.