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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Fastback Coupe / LML 551 Vehicle Information

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 photograph

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 photograph

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 photograph

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 photograph

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 photograph

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 photograph

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 photograph

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 photograph

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Sold for $187,000 at 2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction.
Sold for $190,400 at 2019 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona.
This 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Saloon was completed in fall of 1954 and equipped with the updated 2.9-liter VB6J engine, a left-hand drive arrangement, heavy-duty Armstrong shock absorbers, a 3.73:1 rear axle ratio and KLG spark plugs. It was originally finished in black over beige livery which it wears today.

The car was ordered through S.H. Arnolt of Chicago and delivered on September 17th of 1954 to Foreign Car center in Carmel, California. It was owned for a brief period by William Randolph Hearst, Jr. prior to being sold to H.M. Handley. It is believed that Mr. Handley campaigned the car in local race venues along the California coast such as Stockton, Santa Rosa and Santa Barbara.

Stan Davis purchased the car in 1975 and registered it as '54 Aston' on blue and yellow California license plates. It remained in his care for nearly two decades. In 2004, the car was purchased by Mr. Ginsberg who began a sympathetic cosmetic restoration. Upon completion, it was display at the 2007 Niello concours at Serrano in the featured Aston Martin class.

Fred Dulien of Costa Mesa, California purchased the car late in 2007 and entrusted Kevin Kay to perform a comprehensive mechanical restoration. The work was completed between November 2007 and August 2009.

The engine is a 2922cc dual overhead cam six-cylinder unit fitted with Twin SU HV6 carburetors and 140 horsepower. There is a T-5 five-speed gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.

In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Scottsdale, AZ. It was estimated to sell for $200,000 - $225,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had sold for the sum of $187,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2012


2019 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $250,000-USD $300,000 
Sale Price :
USD $190,400

2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $200,000-USD $225,000 
Sale Price :
USD $187,000

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1954 sales)
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: LML/506
Sold for USD$968,000
  2021 Gooding : Geared Online : Scottsdale Auction
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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkI
Chassis#: LML 639
Sold for USD$145,935
  2020 Bonhams July Motoring Auction
 
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4
Chassis#: LML687
Sold for USD$161,000
  2020 Silverstone - Race Retro Classic & Competition Car Sale
 
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: LML/562
Sold for USD$720,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Saloon
Chassis#: LML/551
Sold for USD$190,400
  2019 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona
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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe
Chassis#: LML/765
Sold for USD$566,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona
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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4
Chassis#: LML849
Sold for USD$140,382
  2018 Silverstone Auctions : Silverstone Classic Sale
 
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Sports Saloon
Chassis#: LML/739
Sold for USD$195,770
  2018 Bonhams : The Aston Martin Sale
 
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 300/1266
Sold for USD$300,109
  2018 Bonhams : The Aston Martin Sale
 
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: LML/668
Sold for USD$209,193
  2018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: LML/710
Sold for USD$480,578
  2018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: LML/506
Sold for USD$1,430,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: LML 846
Sold for USD$176,878
  2017 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed
 
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4
Chassis#: LML/733
Sold for USD$206,189
  2017 Silverstone - The May Sale
 
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkI Sports Saloon
Chassis#: LML/604
Sold for USD$197,268
  2017 Bonhams : The Aston Martin Sale
 
1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 SPORTS SALOON
Chassis#: LML/555
Sold for USD$209,000
  2017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1954 ASTON MARTIN DB 2/4 SPORTS SALOON
Chassis#: LML/687
Sold for USD$244,694
  2016 Coys - Thoroughbred & Vintage at Fontwell House
 
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Spider
Chassis#: LML/505
Sold for USD$3,080,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 'MARK I' SPORTS SALOON
Chassis#: LML/790
Sold for USD$232,701
  2016 Bonhams : The Aston Martin Works Sale
 
1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 2.6-LITRE SPORTS SALOON PROJECT
Chassis#: LML/662
Sold for USD$87,818
  2016 Bonhams : The Aston Martin Works Sale
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1954 Aston Martin DB2-4 2016 Barons Connoisseurs Classic Car Collection   
1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 MARK I 3.0-LITRE DROPHEAD COUPÉLML/8162016 Bonhams : The Aston Martin Works Sale $200,000$250,000
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead CoupéLML/8182015 RM Sotheby's London Auction $220,000$270,000
1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 DROPHEAD COUPELML/7362015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction $450,000$500,000
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 – Two Owners from newLML/6492013 Coys Blenheim Palace $95,000$110,000
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 2.9 Litre SaloonLML/7302012 H & H Newbury Racecourse   

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/4
1953 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: LML/502
Engine Num: VB8 J/83

Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/4
1953 Mark II DropHead Coupe
Chassis Num: LML/552
Engine Num: VB6E/50/1284
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/4
1953 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Allemano
Chassis Num: LML/761
Engine Num: VB6J/197/L1

Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/4
1954 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LML 551
Engine Num: VB6J/120
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/4
1954 Drophead Coupe
Chassis Num: LML 562
Engine Num: VB6E/50/1294

Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/4
1954 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: LML 664
Engine Num: VB6E/50/1371
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/4
1954 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: LML/505
Engine Num: VB6J/91

Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/4
1954 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: LML/506
Engine Num: VB6E/50/337
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/4
1954 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: LML/747
Engine Num: VB6J/185

Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/4
1954 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Bertone
Chassis Num: LML/765
Engine Num: VB6J/213

Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2-4 MKII
1956 Drophead Coupe
Chassis Num: AM/300/1137
Engine Num: VB6J718
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2-4 MKII
1956 Supersonic Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: AM300/1131

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4

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