My friend Bob Golfen and I sometimes grumble about the presentation of ad listings on our site. First, the photos can be marginal at best and second, the descriptions are often either too brief or nonexistent. With very few exceptions, a detailed description is critically important to having your listing be a success.
There are exceptions, and this is one of them. The Pick of the Day is a 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 MK.2 Saloon that has a very brief description, with the seller stating only this: “1955 Aston Martin DB2/4. An extremely high-end nut and bolt restoration. Matching numbers car. Powered by an inline 6, mated to a four-speed manual transmission.”
Usually, that would not be enough. But then you get to the pictures of this car. The seller, a dealer in Miami advertising the Aston on ClassicCars.com, has included high-quality pictures of just about every detail you might want to know concerning this elegant DB 2/4.
This is where the pictures truly tell the story, and if they are anything to go by, this is an exceptionally well-restored Aston Martin automobile. Each nut and bolt looks perfect as does the paint and the wood-and-leather interior. This car very likely cost in excess of $150,000 to restore to this level, and it could well have cost more than $200k. You could not buy a driver-level DB 2/4 and restore it to this level for the asking price of this example.
The Aston Martin DB 2/4 superseded the DB2, and featured 2+2 seating, a slightly higher roofline and one of the earliest examples of a hatchback. The car is powered by the W.O. Bentley-derived Lagonda 2,580 cc, 6-cylinder, twin-cam engine that produces 125 horsepower, which made for a 0-60 mph time of 10.8 seconds and a top speed of 125 mph.
These were low-production cars, with only 764 built from 1953 to 1957. They are eligible for any high-level event I can think of, including any concours, vintage tour and vintage race around the world. This Aston Martin 2/4 could be used for anything you might want to do with a classic grand touring car.
Behind the wheel, the DB2/4 is not as refined as the DB4 that came after, but it is as least as sophisticated as a Ferrari or Maserati from the same era. Some people say that they are truck-like to drive, but the reality is that every big GT from the era is like a truck, especially compared with those of the 1960s.
But these are fun to drive, and there is absolutely nothing like owning and driving an Aston Martin. You would owe it to yourself to join the Aston Martin Owners Club, one of the greatest single-marque car clubs in the world and which features some of the nicest events of any club. Owning a vintage Aston like this is special.
The asking price of the car is $270,000, which I would call a strong buy due to the apparent quality of the restoration, shown in the photos if not in so many words.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.