1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe

Ryan Merill ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions
Ryan Merill ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions

The BMIHT Certificate states that this DB2/4 was completed on February 2, 1954, and it was originally sold to a Scottish customer. While its early history is unknown, its build sheet documents an early factory engine replacement.

According to Anthony Forshaw, it is believed that its current engine is that period replacement unit. Aston Service Dorset has issued an amended build sheet and new chassis plate to cement the connection. The Aston was discovered in Virginia in 2008 by the current owner, who then promptly delivered it to Francis Warwick of Lea Francis Automotive Archaeologist in West Palm Beach, FL, a specialist in British marques, for restoration.

The car was disassembled, and its alloy body was repaired where necessary. Any panels showing signs of oxidation were replaced with new metal, with the work being performed by a collector-class craftsman who was an expert in English wheels.

The underside was cleaned and undercoated, and the consignor states that the electrical system was redone, including the installation of a correct new wiring harness, a fuse block, NOS trafficators, and a rebuilt wiper motor. All instruments were rebuilt, and a new speedometer cable was installed. The fuel tank and lines were flushed, and a new fuel pump was installed. The drum brakes and carburetion were properly rebuilt, the radiator was re-cored, and a new period-correct exhaust system was fitted. The transmission was serviced, and the engine was gone through, with the technician reporting excellent compression on all cylinders. The suspension was serviced, the engine bay was repainted a textured black, the firewall was insulated, and the heater box was stripped and powder-coated. And finally, the shimmering body was hand-polished.

Inside, all new olive leather, matching cut-pile wool carpeting, and a beige wool headliner and side panels were cut, sewn, and installed. The interior wood was replaced with new burl mahogany pieces. All of the interior fasteners were replaced with stainless or chrome bits. There are new period-correct seat belts, and a new Triplex windscreen was installed, along with all-new rubber seals and weatherstripping. The window regulators were refurbished for proper operation, and all exterior brightwork was rechromed, with a new cloisonné restoration added to the badges. The car has five new 600×16-inch Firestone bias-ply tyres and tubes, and the wire wheels and grille were powder-coated black. The rear luggage area is protected by a set of leather-edged over-carpets. Receipts for the extensive work performed are available in the car’s history file.

The car is presented in stunning polished alloy, and it will be supplied with its correct bumpers and bumper-irons, front overriders, mounting hardware, and its original Scottish number plate, MUS 194. Also included will be all of the books, invoices, and records from the consignor’s ownership, a display board that includes its BMIHT Certificate, a technical data sheet, its factory record, a modified factory record, and all of its factory tools, including those fitted into the interior armrest. An Aston Martin DB2/4 of this vintage is Mille Miglia-eligible, and this wonderful example has indeed been prepared for rally events. Recent concours outings have produced Best in Class and Exceptional in Class awards.

The connoisseur searching for a sorted and strikingly beautiful DB2/4 need look no further, and whether the car remains unpainted or is returned to its original color scheme, the next owner will have an extraordinary Aston Martin that is certain to turn heads anywhere and everywhere it is seen.

Stephen Serio

Stephen Serio - SCM Contributor

Stephen is the president and owner of Aston Martin of New England / Lotus Motorsports Inc. in Waltham, MA, although for the most part, vintage European cars are where his heart is. His need to over-indulge in vintage European cars of the 1950s and 1960s inevitably leads to coveting one more car. Recent garage inhabitants include a Porsche 356A Speedster and 356A European coupe, Ferrari 275 GTS and 246GT, BMW 2002 and a Hudson Hornet. HIs vintage-Porsche-driving wife, Amanda, tolerates this all nicely.

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