1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe by Bertone

Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company
  • One of just seven DB2/4 Bertone-bodied chassis — and the only coupe
  • Bodied by Bertone for S.H. “Wacky” Arnolt
  • Displayed by Bertone at the 1957 Torino Auto Show
  • One-off 2-seat coupe coachwork; features quality older restoration
  • Engine number corresponds to accompanying BMIHT Certificate

American industrialist and British car distributor Stanley H. “Wacky” Arnolt was a self-made millionaire, having parlayed patents he purchased in the 1930s into a manufacturing business for his Indiana-based factory during World War II.

This one-off, coachbuilt creation represents the final chapter in the fascinating and tumultuous connection between Stanley Arnolt, Aston Martin and Carrozzeria Bertone. These three entities, all with strong identities, and all from different nations, combined to produce some of the most memorable and desirable collaborations of the 1950s.

Offering the robust engineering and performance of a DB2/4 and the Italian flair of one of the world’s most storied carrozzerie, this singular Aston Martin would make an incredible show or tour car and would likely gain entry into some of the most exclusive automotive events worldwide.

Stephen Serio

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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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