1955 Aston Martin DB2/4

Mark I 2.6-Litre Sports Saloon
Bonhams Les Grandes Marques du Monde 2021
Wednesday, 3 March - Wednesday, 10 March 2021
€115,000 ($136,850)
Sale Price
€95,000 - €145,000
Est. Range
10 March 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Visually maintained, largely original
Auction House
Chassis no. LML678. Engine no. VB6E501407. Light green over olive green leather, Ivory piping. RHD. 2580/125hp, 4-speed, silver painted wire wheels, Lucas headlights and fog lights.

Evaluation: Three owners (only two of them registered) since new, odometer shows 75,770 believable km (47,081 mi). Represented as matching numbers. Dull, chipped old repaint. Good but aged replaced upholstery and carpets. Mostly original and oil misty engine compartment and chassis. A sound and usable highly original example that runs but needs comprehensive mechanical attention before taking to the road.

Bottom Line: The new owner faces a conundrum. A restoration to show quality might be worth a quarter million dollars or even a little bit more, but there’s only a little over a hundred thousand left to get there after paying this price for it. The other hand is to give it the mechanical work it needs (which won’t be inexpensive either), freshen it up and try to resuscitate the paint and preserve it as a rewarding weekend driver, which seems much more reasonable with this transaction as the starting point.

by Rick Carey
18 March 2021
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