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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Convertible

  • Chassis Number: LML/572
Both Aston Martin and Lagonda were rescued by tractor magnate David Brown in 1947, following the wake of World War II. The first post-war Aston Martin was the Two Litre Sports which found fourteen willing buyers. What followed was the first of the DB nameplate which would become one of the most enduring in all of sports car history. Named for company chairman David Brown, the DB2 was introduced in prototype form in 1949, and its sporty aluminum coachwork was complemented by its potent twin-overhead-cam inline-six. Three years later, Aston Martin introduced the DB2/4, and during its four-year lifespan, a total of 764 examples were built. Its styling featured a subtly raised roofline accommodating additional seating for two rear passengers, and its revolutionary 'hatch back' design offered unparalleled access to the luggage compartment.

This particular Aston Martin DB2/4 was completed in October 1953 and wore a Blue Haze exterior paint scheme. It was imported through S.H. Arnolt Inc. of Chicago, Illinois, and from that point through the early 1990s, little is known of the car's history. It was prepared for vintage racing in the early 1990s by then-owner Jim Simpson with the work performed initially by Robert Clerk while working for Peter Livanos at Aston Vintage Racing Services shop in Stamford, Connecticut. Martin Cheetham in the United Kingdom built the high-performance engine, and additional work was performed by Robert and Jon Clerk at their race shop, Performance Racing in Pompano Beach, Florida.


Fitted with all the required safety modifications required for vintage racing, this Aston Martin has a fuel cell, roll bar, and seat harness. To cope with the high-performance engine, the suspension and brakes have been modified accordingly.

When the was engine power band found to be quite narrow, Simpson had the engine rebuilt again, this time by Lance Evans of Steel Wings in New Jersey.

This car has been in the care of its current owner for the past two decades.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2024

2023 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $200,000-USD $250,000 
Sale Price :
USD $168,000

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 Drophead Coupe by Graber
Chassis#: LML 562
Sold for USD$687,500
  2022 RM Sothebys : Gene Ponder Collection
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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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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 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

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