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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mille Miglia For Sale

Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk I Right Hand Drive 1954 F.I.V.A. papers Mille Miglia Eligible (Competed Mille Miglia 2016) Original Colour Combination: Sea Green with beige Connolly Chrome wire wheels. Extensive history file Chassis number # LML 671 Engine number # VB6E / 50 /1400 to LBA/50/371 Registered number # UPJ 230 (Original Number) In 1947, Aston Martin was bought by the legendary David Brown who introduced a complete different style to Aston Martin with the creation of the Aston Martin DB2. These were the first ones to bear the now famous initials of his name to define the model. Fine car though it was, the DB2 appealed to only a limited market because it had just two seats and could only carry minimal luggage. Aston Martin addressed these shortcomings in September 1953 with the launch of the DB2/4 which had two occasional seats in the back which folded forward to create a very useful luggage space. The roof-line was also raised and a larger rear window incorporated into a lifting tailgate to create what was effectively the world's first hatchback. Body manufacture was contracted out to Mulliners of Birmingham. The new model boasted such niceties as a telescopic steering column and adjustable backrests. Beneath the lightweight aluminium body the rigid steel chassis retained its independent trailing link/coil spring front suspension, with transverse torsion bar, and a live coil-sprung rear axle located by parallel arms and Panhard rod. Brakes were large and powerful drums all round. Power came from a high-compression Vantage-spec version of the famous Willie Watson / WO Bentley designed 2.6-litre straight six found in the DB2, now producing 125bhp and good for 120mph with 60mph coming up in just 10.5 seconds. DB2s finished first, second and third in class at the 1951 Le Mans 24 Hours, and third overall against the likes of Jaguar’s iconic C-Type sports racers, a remarkable achievement. Three works-prepared DB2/4s took the Team Prize in the 1955 Monte Carlo Rally, with one of them just missing outright victory due to a simple navigation error and two works DB2/4 were prepared for the 1955 Mille Miglia.   A fine machine in the best Aston Martin tradition, The Motor stated that: "The DB2/4 can truthfully claim to be the fastest car in the world capable of carrying two people with a month's luggage." Costing £2,763 – twice the price of a Jaguar XK140 and only £300 less than a Mercedes 300SL – it was strictly for the well-heeled motorist only. John Bolster perfectly summed it up as "a very sporting car that you can drive in a dinner jacket." Just 565 examples were sold before it was replaced by the MkII in October 1955.   This particular Aston Martin DB2/4 MK1 is a very impressive car and it was originally ordered in exactly the same colour combination as the car has been restored into. Sea Green with a beige Connolly trimming. All original specifications of the car have been maintained throughout the years including the original UK registration number UPJ 230. A copy of the original factory build sheet shows that this Aston was newly bought by a Mr. G.M. Barnard from London on the 11th of May 1954.  The agent was Brooklands where the Aston was delivered on the 9th of April 1954. The car was fitted at the factory with Heavy Duty Shockers and RJ Needles as non standard equipment and further equipped with a twin exhaust system and an adjustable racing type steering wheel after 117 miles. The Aston had quite a number of owners during it’s life (13 including the present one) but all owners are known (which is quite unique) and there is extensive documentation detailing each one of them and logbooks detailing the evolution of the car. In 1993, after 20 years spent off-road, the Aston was sold to a gentlemen who started an extensive restoration. However, due to family reasons, those works where never completely finished and the car was almost never used until it was sold in 2010 to the previous owner who embarked in a major restoration that took the car back to its original splendour. The engine was completely rebuilt and set up, as were the front and rear suspensions along with the brakes and brake cylinders.  The interior was very nicely re-trimmed except the seating part at the back seat which shows a superb patina. The current owner bought the Aston in 2013 and prepared it to compete in the 2016 Mille Miglia (Successfully completed. Coefficient 1.35) including the installation of 7" fog lamps and setting it up for a period Halda Twinmaster trip metre. After the race, a full reservicing was carried out by classic cars specialists Moto Technique, including stripping out and cleaning the carburettors, fixing the breaks, checking the suspensions, fitting a new alternator drive belt, replacing the old fuel tank with a new custom made anti rust aluminium one, fitting a new clutch assembly. Having competed it in 2016, this Aston is certainly eligible for the Mille Miglia.
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