1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4 By Driversource

First offered as the DB2, Aston Martin quickly realized that it was becoming more important to accommodate the needs of motoring enthusiasts.

The DB2/4 Saloon emerged with two rear jump seats, more rear luggage space and the distinctive rear “hatch”. All this, including chassis upgrades, made the new model DB2/4 Saloon capable of carrying more comfortably at high speeds. The Motor magazine boasted “The DB2/4 can truthfully claim to be the fastest car in the world capable of carrying two people with a month’s luggage”. The 2.6-litre ‘VB6E’ engine with 125bhp (Vantage tune) evolved early in 1954 to the 2.9-litre 140bhp ‘VB6J’ engine, capable of achieving 100mph in third gear with around 120mph top speed. Of course all this came with fantastic handling and bespoke interior trimmed in fine leather and burled walnut. Between 1953 and 1955, just 451 DB2/4 Saloons were assembled at the DB works factory, while the earliest hand-crafted aluminum bodies were under the direction of Mulliner and later Tickford.

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