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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe

The Aston Martin DB2 made its debut in 1950.

S.H. 'Wacky' Arnolt was based in Chicago and made money in the steel industry, later diversifying into automobile distribution. In 1951, at the Torino Auto Show, he made a deal with Carrozzeria Bertone to build custom-bodied MG TDs and later a limited number of Aston Martin DB2/4s.

This Aston Martin is one of only two DB2/4 chassis built with convertible coachwork by Bertone. It was completed by Aston Martin on June 9th of 1953 and dispatched to Carrozzeria Bertone in Torino on November 16the. Nuccio Bertone's in-house stylist, Franco Scaglione, designed three DB2/4 Spiders (chassis numbers LML/503, LML/505, and LML/507). Freeland designer Giovanni Michelotti designed two Drophead Coupe designs for chassis numbers LML/504 and LML/506.

This example, chassis number LML/506, was ordered through British Motor Car Distributors in California, and delivered to its first owner, Edith Field, on November 12, 1954. In 1955, Mrs. Fields entered his Bertone-bodied Aston Martin in the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and was awarded Third Place in the Two-Seater Sports Car class.

LML/506 would pass through a succession of owners before it was re-discovered in Tennessee in the mid-1980s. In 1986, it was sold to Innes Ireland, who kept it for a short period before selling it in unrestored condition to David Clark of London. Mr. Clark began a restoration, though the project eventually stalled. In 2006, it was sold to Tarek Mahmoud, who had Goldsmith and Young complete the restoration. Shortly after the work was completed, the car was sold to another United Kingdom collector. In September of 2011, the car made its post-restoration debut at the AMOC Autumn Concours held at Chavenage House, winning First Prize in the Feltham Aston Class.

By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2017

2021 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $850,000-USD $1,200,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,022,500

2021 Gooding : Geared Online : Scottsdale Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,000,000-USD $1,400,000 
Sale Price :
USD $968,000

2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,300,000-USD $1,600,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,430,000

2011 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars

Sale Price :
USD $973,845 (£ 606,500.00)

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Aston Martin DB2/4

(Data based on Model Year 1954 sales)
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe by Bertone
Chassis#: LML/765
Sold for USD$1,105,000
  2023 RM Sothebys : New York
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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Coachwork by Mulliners of
Chassis#: LML/574
Sold for USD$164,095
  2023 Bonhams : The Zoute Sale
 
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4
Chassis#: LML/572
Sold for USD$168,000
  2023 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: LML/748
Sold for USD$77,532
  2022 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 MK1 Saloon
Chassis#: LML728
Sold for USD$103,600
  2022 Bonhams : The Greenwich Auction
 
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon
Chassis#: LML/574
Sold for USD$143,669
  2022 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques a Monaco
 
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe by Bertone
Chassis#: LML/506
Sold for USD$1,022,500
  2021 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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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
 

Aston Martin DB2/4s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Sports SaloonLML 7842023 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival $325,000$400,000
1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 INDIANA SPIDERLML/7622023 Gooding & Company : London Auction $1,200,000$1,800,000
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 MK I SaloonLML/5762023 Broad Arrow : Monterey Jet Center $220,000$260,000
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead CoupéLML/8392023 Bonhams : Festival of Speed $300,000$350,000
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe by GraberLML 5622022 RM Sothebys : Gene Ponder Collection $800,000$1,000,000
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkI 3.0-Litre Sports SaloonLML7912022 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival $95,000$115,000
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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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4

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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 vehicle information
Saloon
Chassis #: LML/576
Engine #: VB6E/50/1299
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Bertone
Designer: Giovanni Michelotti
Chassis #: LML/506
Engine #: VB6E/50/337
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 vehicle information
Spyder
Coachwork: Bertone
Designer: Franco Scaglione
Chassis #: LML/505
Engine #: VB6J/91
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 vehicle information
Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: LML 551
Engine #: VB6J/120
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Designer: Graber
Chassis #: LML 562
Engine #: VB6E/50/1294
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 vehicle information
Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Touring
Chassis #: LML 664
Engine #: VB6E/50/1371
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Bertone
Chassis #: LML/765
Engine #: VB6J/213
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 vehicle information
Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: LML/747
Engine #: VB6J/185