First presented to the public at the 1955 London Motor Show, the Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II would be the successor to the widely popular DB2/4 Mk I. While the two models were quite similar to each other, the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II offered many detail changes, including quite a few chrome pieces. An easy way to differentiate the Mk II from the Mk I, however, is that the side panels of the bonnet remain fixed to the chassis when the bonnet is raised. The Mk II also boasts noticeable tail fins, which were all the rage in 1950’s automotive design particularly in America. The 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II boasted the same engine as the DB2/4 Mk I (a 2.9L six-cylinder by Lagonda), although a Special Series engine could be fitted at the buyer’s request. The Special Series offered a whopping 165hp and was capable of 120mph. In total, there were 199 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II examples manufactured between 1955 and 1957. At its peak, the DB2/4 was being produced at a rate of six or seven a week, even though it was strictly a hand built, aluminum-bodied car. Buyers could choose from a Fixed-Head Coupe or Drophead Coupe body style.
Of course, the most important step to buying a 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II is ensuring that you are indeed looking at an authentic original. While you can verify it is a Mk II by using some of the visual cues mentioned above, perhaps the most reliable way to authenticate an Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II is by matching engine and chassis numbers with historic records. Another important step is to ask the seller for any documentation regarding ownership history, maintenance and repair, or restoration. Not only do these documents add value to the classic, they can give you insight as to how the car was treated and cared for over the years. With less than 200 examples made, however, finding a 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II in the condition you desire can be the most trying part of the experience. The Beverly Hills Car Club can assist in finding and securing the model you desire. In fact, be sure to browse their online inventory the classic Aston you desire may already be sitting in their Los Angeles showroom.
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