The Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk I would debut in 1953 to replace the DB2, which had been Aston’s first successful post-war production car. The Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk I was an altogether better version, yet the designation tells the main story. This was still the DB2, only now with four seats. Interestingly, however, the wheelbase remained unchanged, and adding those additional seats required quite a bit of rearranging, including a smaller fuel tank positioned above the spare. In actuality, there was very little room for passengers, even with the front seats pushed all the way forward. The Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk I would be offered, as before, in both Fixed-Head Coupe and Drophead Coupe body styles. A one-piece windshield for the Fixed-Head Coupe, however, would replace the previously divided glass, and the rear roofline would bulge out slightly more to provide a bit of headroom for those unfortunate enough to be crammed in the back seat. One of the most significant changes, the first ever fitted to a sporting car, was a new top-hinged hatchback that gave access to a much larger luggage area. Under the hood, the Vantage engine (125hp) was now standard. By 1950’s standards, the Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk I was quite speedy and powerful.
Approximately 565 examples of the Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk I were produced between 1953 and 1955, of those it is estimated that little over 100 were Drophead Coupe examples. All would use the Lagonda six-cylinder engine that was used in the Vantage version of the DB2. In September 1953, the Fixed-Head Coupe would move to a 2.9L engine, while the Drophead Coupe would receive the same upgrade in April 1954. If you’re thinking about buying a Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk I, rest assured knowing that The Beverly Hills Car Club team can assist you in finding the example you desire whether for restoration, enjoyment or show. One of the most important Buyer’s Tips they can give you at this stage in the game is to ensure that you have done your homework with regards to restoration if you’re planning on going that route. Because of limited production numbers and their all-aluminum bodies, restoration of these classic Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk I models can be quite expensive and time consuming. While most Aston Martin enthusiasts will tell you it’s well worth the reward, you’ll need to ensure you’ve considered the time and energy in your overall budget. And, as with all classics of this caliber and rarity, it is vitally important to ensure you purchase the best condition example you can find. This can save you thousands in the long run.
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