The Aston Martin DB 2/4 was introduced at the London Motor Show in 1953. The 2/4 was a development of the well received DB2.
The Aston-Martin DB2 appealed to only a limited market because it had just two seats and a very small boot compartment. Aston Martin responded to these shortcomings in October 1953 with the launch of the DB2/4 which had two occasional seats in the back which folded forward to create a very useful (big) luggage area. 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.
The Aston Martin DB2/4 did seriously well in competition.
In 1955 for the first time three Aston Martin DB2/4’s were prepared as works entries for the Monte Carlo Rally and won the team prize. Later that year two of the cars went on to compete in the Mille Miglia.
With the introduction of the ‘2+2’ DB2/4 in October 1953, Aston Martin extended the DB2’s appeal to the hitherto untapped yet increasingly important market comprised of ‘sports car enthusiasts with a family’.
But another huge advantage of the DB2/4 is the possibility to let the back seat fold down the rear seat backs to create a load-carrying platform that more than doubled the luggage space. The latter could be accessed via the 2/4’s opening rear door, a pioneering example of the now commonplace ‘hatchback’ concept.
‘This transformation gives the Aston Martin DB2/4 an unrivalled luggage-carrying capacity in a car which should be capable in favourable circumstances of achieving two miles a minute,’ reported The Motor. ‘The DB2/4 could in the time truthfully claim to be the fastest car in the world capable of carrying two people with a month’s luggage.’
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
This Aston Martin belongs to a close friend of us. We have infected him with our disease being Aston Martin DB2 and DB2/4 enthusiast.
He bought this Aston in the UK and decided to drive the car back to Holland.
Originally the Aston was delivered in Jersey in 1953. It came back to the UK in 1956.
For 60 years the Aston was registered in the UK until the moment our friend bought the car and brought it to Holland.
The Aston has been intensively restored in 2005 and since 2005 various service checks and repairs have been carried out to keep the car in a healthy condition.
Recent repairs are a new clutch and exhaust manifolds.
The engine shows according to the former owner the correct numbers.
The Aston Martin is in a nice condition. Not pristine but a very nice driver.
Originally the car was delivered in 1953 in Black with a beige interior while the car is now sprayed in a nice red metallic.
The paint of the Aston Martin is nice with here and there some small imperfections.
Chrome is in the same condition, overall nice with here and there some small imperfections.
The wheels seems to be as new with good condition tires.
The windows seem all been renewed during the restoration of the car.
The interior of the Aston is in a very nice restored condition.
When the Aston was delivered the car had a beige interior with beige carpets and a beige head. During the restoration the interior has been completely renewed in it’s original color.
Carpets, seats, head lining and dashboard are all in a nice condition.
We might only advise to change the top of the dashboard in beige which is an inexpensive action which brings the interior to an even higher level.
As described above, the Aston has been regularly used and is therefore driving very well.
The car starts immediately and the handling is very fine. Clutch, brakes and steering are very direct and responsive.
A nice feature on the Aston is the manual Webasto folding sunroof which gives an convertible feeling.
The car comes with a FIVA card with an A3 valuation and is eligible for the greatest road race in the world, the Mille Miglia.
Recently the car has been valued for the insurance for an amount of € 250.000,-
For more information or an appointment, please call Rutger Houtkamp+31625098150 or send an e-mail to Rutger@Houtkamp.nl. Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone during evenings or in the weekend. The Houtkamp Collection is centrally located near Amsterdam and only 10 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.