Lot 122: Aston Martin DB 2/4 to Race Specification
Fine car though the Aston Martin DB2 was, its sales had been affected by the limitations of two seats and minimal luggage space. Aston Martin thus redesigned the rear of the car to enable two occasional rear seats to be installed, at the same time raising the roof line slightly to increase headroom and fitting a larger rear window in an opening lid; as such this Aston, appropriately renamed the DB2/4, was arguably the world's first hatchback. The windscreen also became a one-piece moulding, the quarterlight windows were reshaped~ headlights repositioned higher in the bonnet and the overall length increased by six inches. Beneath the aluminium body the rigid steel chassis retained its independent trailing link/coil spring front suspension, with transverse torsion bar, and a live coil-sprung spring rear axle located by parallel arms and Panhard rod. Brakes were large and powerful drums all round. The DB2/4 made its debut at the 1953 London Motor Show, both with saloon and drophead coachwork, and met with considerable public acclaim. Initially the engine was to 125bhp DB2 Vantage tune propelling the car to 120mph and 0-60mph in 11.2 seconds but in Summer 1954 the capacity was increased from 2,580cc to 2,992cc which raised power to 140bhp at 5,000rpm and reduced to 0-60mph time to 10 seconds. The Autocar described the DB2/4 as 'a car of rare quality, unusual performance, exceptional road worthiness and unrivalled versatility.' This wonderful Aston Martin DB 2/4 was completely rebuilt to full racing specification in the early 1980s by specialists M.C.P. Gilson. The car then was campaigned very successfully, and came first in its class in numerous events, including the Brands Hatch and Mallory Park in 1986, Silverstone and Goodwood in 1989 and Silverstone in both 1990 and 1991; when M.C.P. Gilson set a new circuit record at 1`14`4/10. The car continued its historic racing career in the hands of Paul-Emile Bessande, well known in historic motoring and a great collector who further improved the car in his typical professional manner. The quality racing modifications are too numerous to list, but can be found in the car's extensive history file, along with a detailed description of the work carried out to the present date. Further outings of LML 569 were - amongst others - the Rallye de Paris in 2000, the Rallye Liege in 2002, Spa Francorchamps in 2003, and earlier this year at the Rallye Midi-Minuit, where this Aston won first prize for most beautiful sports car! The magificant car comes with EU paperwork, the original seats front and rear and other miscellaneous parts. Having seen continuous price rising of the DB Aston Martins over the past several years, we are proud to offer this car at a sensible reserve.
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