1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4

The DB name came from the name David Brown (later Sir David Brown), an individual who had purchased the Aston Martin Company.
The DB series was built from 1950 through 1953 with only 411 examples being produced. Power was supplied by a W.O. Bentely designed Lagonda six-cylinder engine that was capable of producing 116 bhp and could propel the car to a top speed of 117 mph. The zero-to-sixty time was around 11.2 seconds. The Vantage series received 125 bhp.

The two-seater DB2's were available in two body styles, the coupe and drophead.

In 1953, the DB2/4 MK1 became available. This series featured a four seater, 2+2, saloon or drop head body style. The design went through minor changes with the most notable changes appearing in the front of the vehicle. The early versions of the vehicle featured a hatchback rear window.

The DB2/4 MK1's were originally powered by a 2.6 liter Vantage engine but was later replaced with a 3-liter, 140 bhp engine that was not only more powerful, it was heavier.

The MK1 series ended in 1955 with 565 examples being produced, 73 being dropheads.

The DB2/4 MK2 series began in 1995 and would continue until 1957. During this time frame, 199 examples were produced. There were two body styles available; a coupe and a convertible. Both had 2 doors and 4 seats. A hardtop style saloon was also available although less than 35 were produced.

Most MK2's were mechanically similar to the MK1's, however, later version received engine modifications that included larger valves and different cam shafts. The horsepower output was increased to 165.

In 1957, Aston Martin introduced the final derivation of the DB2 series, the DB MK III. It would continue production until 1959 and amass a production total of 551 units. It was offered in Saloon or Convertible body styles and consisted of 4 seats. The base engine produced 162 horsepower, propelling the vehicle to a top speed of 120 mph.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2007

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1955 Vehicle Profiles

1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4 vehicle information

Mark I FastBack Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: AM3001103

By 1953 the DB2 had grown into a four-place saloon, and receiving the name DB2/4. The standard configuration was the fastback bodywork, and essentially giving the world its first modern hatchback. In the mid-1954s a 3.0-liter engine block was devel....[continue reading]

1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4 vehicle information

Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: LML/829
Engine Num: VB6J/384

This Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe was completed at Newport Pagnell in May of 1955. It was a left-hand drive car from new, and was fitted with the larger and more powerful 3.0-liter Vantage-spec engine. It was finished in a Blue Haze exterior col....[continue reading]

1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4 vehicle information

Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

One of the three Aston Martins entered in the 1955 RAC Monte Carlo Rally, this particular car was driven by Maurice Gatsonides. The car was in the lead when it missed a checkpoint, eventually coming in seventh overall but first in class. Later that....[continue reading]

1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4 vehicle information

Mark II DropHead Coupe

This is one of approximately 75 Drop head Coupes built. The subject of an extensive and well-researched restoration, the car has been shown at the Radnor Hunt and Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. It is identical to the car made famous in Alfred H....[continue reading]

1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4 vehicle information

Mark I FastBack Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: VB6J468

David Brown acquired Aston Martin in 1947 and soon after applied his initials to a series of luxury and expensive Grand Touring cars that brought the company fame on the silver screen and the car of choice for James Bond 007. Additionally, Aston Mart....[continue reading]

1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4 vehicle information

Mark II FastBack Coupe

Chassis Num: AM300/1114
Engine Num: VB6J/656

Aston Martin introduced the DB2/4 in October of 1953. It offered additional room over its predecessor, the DB2, by having a slightly higher roofline and reducing the fuel tank capacity by two gallons. Other changes included larger front and rear bump....[continue reading]

Mark I FastBack Coupe by Mulliner
Chassis #: AM3001103 
Drop Head Coupe by Mulliner
Chassis #: LML/829 
Drop Head Coupe by Mulliner
 
Mark II DropHead Coupe
 
Mark I FastBack Coupe by Mulliner
Chassis #: VB6J468 
Mark II FastBack Coupe
Chassis #: AM300/1114 

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