The Aston Martin DB2/4 Cabriolet is one of the most exclusive models Aston Martin has ever built. Out of the 565 units built between October 1953 and October 1955, only 12 were built in rolling chassis form for independent coachbuilders. If that isn’t exclusive enough, only eight of those 12 units were sent over to Carrozzoria Bertone where the Italian luxury coachbuilder smoothed on the body. The vehicle seen in this image is the fifth (Chassis number LML506) of the original eight and will be auctioned off at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 1, 2011.

Its original owner was high society elite, Edith C. Field, who succeeded in winning third place at the 1955 Pebble Beach Concours. Since the mid 1950s, this particular Aston Martin has been through the hands of four owners, including its current owner. As of late, the Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe has been fully restored to its Concours state with over £200,000 - or $288,000 at the current rates - invested in its complete restoration. Bonhams expects the ultra exclusive sports car to sell for £500,000 - 700,000, or $721,000 - $1,000,000 at the current rates.

UPDATE 07/06/2011: The 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe actually sold for £606,500 ($975,000).

Hit the jump for full details on the 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe.

  • 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Cabriolet
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  • Engine:
    VB6E engine
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  • Displacement:
    2600 L
  • Top Speed:
    120 mph
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Owner History

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Cabriolet Exterior
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The Aston Martin DB2/4 was originally purchased by Edith C. Field back in 1955 for use as a street car. The wealthy high society women went on to showcase the vehicle in the 1955 Pebble Beach Concours where, as previously stated, she won 3rd place in Class C, two-seater sports car $4500-$10,000 division. The vehicle stayed in her possession until the mid/late 1980 when larger-than-life race car driver, Innes Ireland brought it over to the UK.

Before Ireland could even get his hands dirty, he sold the Aston Martin to car dealer/collector, David Clark, in February 1988. It wasn’t until several years of being locked up in storage was the vehicle then sold to the current owner who began the restoration in 2007.

The now-restored Aston Martin DB2/4 was 56 years in the making, but the final product is well worth it.

Original Specifications

"2+2" Configuration

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Cabriolet Interior
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The 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupé was the brand’s first attempt to cater to "sports car enthusiasts with a family." The "2+2" vehicle could easily transform itself from a two-seater to a family vehicle with the use of two folding seats in the back. When not in use, the seats could be stored away to provide a load carrying platform accessible through the rear door - a la today’s hatchbacks. The only non-standard equipment listed on this particular model is a telescopic steering column and left-hand drive.


1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Cabriolet Drivetrain
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The DB2/4 was originally powered by the company’s 2.6L ’VB6E’ engine producing 125 HP and sporting a top speed of 120 mph. These specifications allowed the DB2/4 to be one of the fastest cars built in Great Britain at the time. To maintain the vehicle’s integrity, the original engine still resides under the new hood.

Restoration Process

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Cabriolet Exterior
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In 2007, John Goldsmith of marque specialists, Goldsmith & Young, was given the task of restoring the DB2/4 to its original state. Thankfully, the body only needed minor repairs and Goldsmith ordered a new hood and boot from Bodylines a new paint job by Adrian George from Spray Tec. After that, the interior was freshened up by Larry Piper of LA and RW Piper from Sparkford. All of the material and re-assembly work was completed by Goldsmith & Young.

After the Aston Martin was full restored to its original Pebble Beach condition, the vehicle boasts of less than 30 miles on its odometer, mostly added on the rolling road.


1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Cabriolet Exterior
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Bonham’s expected to fetch £500,000 - 700,000, or $721,000 - $1,000,000 at the current rates - for the 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe when it went up for auction on July 1, 2011. Actual money raised: £606,500 ($975,000).

The new, lucky owner of the DB2/4 will receive a file with complete documentation of the £200,000 - or $288,000 at the current rates - four-year restoration. This file will also include various articles about Bertone-bodied Astons, as well as a copy of the guarantee/order form that shows that ’LML 506’ was originally fitted with engine number ’VB6E/50/1240.’

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Cabriolet Exterior
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  • Leave it
    • Price is a little steep for us commoners
    • We would be upset about the lack of power increase, but it’s a classic

Source: Bonhams

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  (466) posted on 12.15.2011

I only noticed that most of the vintage vehicle today is too expensive on their market price, just like with this cabriolet! Anyway, I hope that this classic car could still have a nice speed performance.

  (570) posted on 12.5.2011

It is maybe looks an outdated vehicle, but I must say that it is one of the most impressive and attractive classic cars today! smiley Moreover, its engine is already quite satisfying.

  (276) posted on 11.24.2011

Is it still existing in this generation? Anyway, if it is, I would really love to try driving this cabriolet! smiley However, I hope that they also did some update on its interior and even on its exterior.

  (647) posted on 10.5.2011

Very traditional but still the color is still alive. Nice convertible car of the history. Nice configuration and restoration of the car. Amazing engine, exterior and interior totally stunned to the result.

  (459) posted on 09.1.2011

The style of the car is sexy and i think this car is for girl. It’s my own opinion. BTW the car performance is impressive because it’s a restored

  (10) posted on 08.20.2011

This car is looks sexy. It has that cool but has that intellectual look to it. Great color too.

  (374) posted on 08.2.2011

I’m not really into classic cars. It is some kind of rodent from looks to performance. I really wonder why they still wanted to turn back those classic cars, and I think it is rarely expensive. Few will consider this stuff.

  (429) posted on 07.22.2011

It’s a good thing that they were able to maintain the performance of the car. Well, in the late 1950s, that performance is impressive but now, it is considered as poor performance because new cars nowadays are more amazing compare to that one.

  (446) posted on 07.19.2011

For a vintage car, low mileage is kind of impressive plus it was a full restored car. However, too bad that there’s no increase in the speed performance of the car.

  (463) posted on 07.19.2011

This car just look like a vintage car and I don’t think that it will have an good speed performance since they are using a old engine here!Well, I guess it would be better to see this car in the museum.

  (488) posted on 07.4.2011

one of the things that I find odd with this car is the long bonnet. But I am not saying that it is bad. Actually, I like that one a lot, since it makes to car look even sexier.

  (714) posted on 07.1.2011

Wow, this one is definitely rare, only 12 units. But what really surprises me on this one is the level of quality they were able to maintain this one, definitely the beauty of restoration.

  (530) posted on 06.30.2011

As it says, Old world beauty with new world treatment. This one is a classic for us car enthusiasts. But I’d rather choose the new models for it gives a real drive for me.

  (580) posted on 06.30.2011

OK, I would say that this one is rather old, but still very much sexy. I like how that long bonnet flows out cleanly. It’s just too bad that all we can do is stare at this one.

  (320) posted on 06.30.2011

Heck! I bet the maintenance of this vintage car needs a tons of moolah! And with the full restoration of this car now wonder it cost in millions. BTW, is it possible to still drive this vehicle?

  (594) posted on 06.30.2011

Just looking at the platform of this vehicle especially the front, it really reminded me of Roll Royce Drophead concept. Its quite good to know that this car had undergone a full restoration process.

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