Today The Car Spotter will be talking about the Aston Margin DB2/4 that has recently been found in a barn after 50 years of being abandoned.
According to the company who are restoring the rare classic Aston Martin, the car may have been used as an unmarked police car in the sixties, before being hidden in a garage.
The Aston Martin DB2/4 was built between 1953 and 1957 and replaced the Aston Martin DB2. The model in question was made in 1955 and is the saloon version. The cars initially had a 2.6L VB6E engine and later a 2.9L VBJ/J engine. The 2.6L engine produced 125hp and the 2.9L made 140hp.
This saloon version would have the 2.9L version as it was made after September 1953 when the engine changed. There were only 565 Mark 1 models produced in total.
The price when the car was built would be around £2,600 with the 0-60mph time being around 10.5 seconds. The top speed would be around 120mph (190km/h).
The vintage Aston Martin became famous as the model driven by James Bond in Ian Fleming’s novels.
Discovered at a property in Gloucestershire, the Aston Martin is believed to be worth £250,000 when fully restored.
The classic Aston Martin was bought by a car enthusiast with the intentions of working on the engine after retirement. Unfortunately, the Aston Martin was covered with a sheet and forgotten and the owner died before the Aston saw the light of day.
The car was only discovered after a garage clearance, years after the owner died. The luxury Aston Martin was preserved perfectly due to being kept in ideal conditions within a large, dry and airy garage that was heated in winter. The Aston Martin was coated in a thick layer of dust with newspapers from the 1960’s stacked in the boot.
It has been reported that blue details on the car’s headlights suggest the Aston Martin may have been used as an unmarked police car, although this remains unproven.
The car still has a fully original interior and restoring the vehicle is estimated to cost between £60 and £130,000 depending on the level of restoration required by the potential buyer.
Cotswold Classic Cars are in charge of the restoration, they are a company that specialise in classic cars such as Jaguars, Aston Martins, Maseratis and Lancias. Their primary aim is to ensure the valuable cars remain in tip-top condition whilst retaining as much originality as possible.
Aston Martin DB2/4 Saloon
0-60mph: 10.5 seconds
Top Speed: 120 mph (190 km/h)
Torque: 144 lb-ft (195Nm)
Engine: 2.9L Inline 6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Weight: 1,179 kg
Price: Approximately £250,000 fully restored
To view more about the restoration of the vehicle, watch this video by Barcroft Cars
What are your thoughts on the Aston Martin DB2/4 discovered after 50 years in a garage? Would you pay £250,000 for this restored classic?
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