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Lot 106

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Saloon

SOLD $190,400

Estimate

$250,000 - $300,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

LML/551

Engine

VB6J/120

Car Highlights

No. 51 of 565 Examples Built; Longtime California Car
Sympathetic Drivetrain Restoration by a Respected Specialist Completed in 2009
Early 2000s Cosmetic Refurbishment in the Original Color Combination
Documented with Restoration Invoices and British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate
Tastefully Upgraded and Beautifully Presented Example of the Seminal Early DB Aston Martin

Technical Specs

2,922 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU Carburetors
140 BHP at 5,000 RPM
5-Speed T-5 Manual Gearbox
Front Disc, Rear Drum Hydraulic Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Live-Axle Suspension with Parallel Arms and a Panhard Rod

Saleroom Addendum

Please note that a rollbar, racing seats, and a gearbox also accompany the sale of this vehicle.

Register to Bid

In October 1953, Aston Martin introduced the DB2/4, a four-seat successor to the popular DB2. Employing a 2.9-litre version of the sport-tuned Vantage engine, the DB2/4 was produced in a quantity of 565 examples over two years.

According to the accompanying BMIHT Certificate, this DB2/4 completed assembly in late September 1953 and was finished in black paint and upholstered in beige leather. S.H. “Wacky” Arnolt, a well-known Chicago importer, acquired chassis LML/551 for his dealership, and five months later, the car was delivered to the Foreign Car Center in Carmel, California. Previous owners have stated that William Randolph Hearst Jr. held the Aston Martin briefly before it was sold to H.M. Handley, who reportedly raced the car in California. Stan Davis, a California resident, purchased the DB2/4 in 1975 and held it for nearly 20 years. By 2004, LML/551 had been acquired by Michael Ginsberg of Rancho Cordova, California; he completed a sympathetic cosmetic refurbishment, presenting the car at the 2007 Niello Concours at Serrano. Later that year, the Aston Martin passed to Fred Dulien of Costa Mesa, California, who commissioned a drivetrain restoration by Kevin Kay, a respected specialist, that included a rebuild of the engine and cylinder head to upgraded specifications, the installation of a T-5 gearbox, and an upgrade to front disc brakes.

Fans of David Brown’s seminal early offerings should give strong consideration to this beautifully maintained DB2/4.