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Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II - £155,000

Chassis Number: AM300/1264

Engine Number: VB6J/888

UK Registration Number: UNF 444

Date of first reg: 4th July 1957

Exterior colour: Connaught Green

Hood:

Interior colour: Beige Leather

Current Odometer reading: 99,690

Mileage Warranty:

Steering: Right

Transmission: Manual

Options:


Background

Background:

The DB 2/4 was introduced at the London Motor Show in 1953. A development of the well-received DB2, the 2/4 was to overcome the restrictions of a two-seater with the addition of two occasional rear seats. Luggage capacity also increased with access via a third door or tailgate featuring an enlarged rear window. The luggage space can be further enhanced by folding down the rear seats. At the time, when three door cars were a rarity, this almost justified the comment, attributed to the Bentley Drivers Club, that the car was then the fastest shooting brake in the world.

The DB 2.6 engine is the production version of W.O. Bentley’s last brain child, conceived during the latter part of the second World War. With a capacity of 2,580 c.c. the Vantage engine was fitted as standard equipment until the 3.0 litre engine was introduced in April 1954. In 1955 three cars were prepared as works entries for the Monte Carlo Rally and won the team prize. Later that year two of the cars went on to compete in the Mille Miglia.

The Mark II was introduced at the London Motor Show in October 1955. It has the same chassis and mechanical specification as the DB2/4. Fitted as standard, was the 2922 c.c. VB6J engine, which developed 140 b.h.p. at 5,000 r.p.m. However, as David Brown had bought Tickford at Newport Pagnell two years earlier, the bodywork for the Mark II was the first to be made there. There was little change in the general appearance, but there were many minor trim differences and modifications. The roof line was increased by ¾” to give an extra head room and this model is longer by 2”. Inside, the seats had a better shape and the hand brake was replaced by a proper fly-off lever now situated on the floor. In all 199 Mk II’s were built.

A special series engine, denoted by an ‘L’ or ‘L1’ suffix, said to develop 165 b.h.p., was offered as an option. The L cylinder head has larger valves and high lift camshafts. High compression pistons, giving 8.6:1, were also offered as an optional extra “for competition”, along with a larger fuel tank, close-ratio gearbox, racing clutch and 40 DCO Webers.

A Mark II with standard cylinder head (chassis number AM300/1145) was road tested by Autosport (May 31st 1957), for which 0-60 and 0-100 m.p.h. acceleration times of 10 and 28 sec., a standing 1/4 mile in 17 sec. and a maximum speed of 118.4 m.p.h. were recorded.

Summary:

Feltham cars are recognised as David Brown’s foundation work that went on to deliver the very best of the hand-built Astons. A lovely car whose provenance is backed up by a comprehensive maintenance history and a separate folder with the handwritten notes and observations of its current keeper.

Summarising the improvements carried out by the current owner – a repaint, the fitment of specially made seat belts, an engine rebuild, new wheels and, for improved driving pleasure, a clutch conversion bringing the performance of late models to this great Mark II.

She is ready for events, touring or just the pleasure of ownership – and not a bad investment prospect!

Vehicle History

According to a copy of the original record card from Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., this particular car was supplied new by Messrs Grosvenor Garage to a Mr Edward Holbrook Franks, and registered UNF 444.

Within the history folder of the car is an old-style continuation log book issued in 1971. This indicates a further four owners, two of which were garages, before being acquired by Peter Hepworth, of Hepworth Pistons, towards the end of the seventies. He commissioned a restoration by recognised Aston Martin specialist Post Vintage Engineers. The work carried out was extensive including chassis, sills, complete bare metal respray and retrim in new leather. The end product reflected in the following concours results.

1980 A.M.O.C. - Newport Pagnell 1st Newcomers

1981 A.M.O.C. - Birtsmorton Court 4th Elite Class

1982 A.M.O.C. - Birtsmorton Court 2nd

The ownership changed again in July 1984 when the car was sold to a Rodney Must of Louth in Lincolnshire. Apart from regular maintenance throughout his ownership, the engine was overhauled in 1990 and a new stainless-steel exhaust fitted in 1996. A set of period fog and spot lamps were also fitted in 1998. However, due to overseas employment, the car received relatively little use. Other than the occasional summer excursion it was kept in controlled and dehumidified storage from1990 until sold to the current owner in October 1999.

That was a transaction brokered by Byron International and it is a pleasure to both see an original sales photo sheet produced at that time in the vehicle folder as well as having the opportunity to represent this lovely car again.

The current owner has maintained and improved the car in the period of his ownership and whilst is not an engineer he has restored and rebuilt a number of pre-war MG cars and a post war Triumph Roadster. As a result, he has established a number of engineering contacts who have been able to assist with his cars when required, including this Aston. His fastidious approach to the car is evidenced not by just the invoices and service records but more so by the copious handwritten notes that accompany those records.

For example, when Trinity Engineering diagnosed head gasket problems and the need to take remedial action, a detailed quotation and breakdown of work required to rebuild the engine was obtained from Davron. Individual elements of preparation for that rebuild were then carefully sourced by the owner which then allowed scope for additional work to be carried out during the rebuild.

And it’s worth noting that this car is MOT exempt but the owner has maintained the discipline of regular testing as a great measure of the mechanical performance of the car.

She is therefore presented in outstanding condition and represents a great opportunity to acquire one of the very best of the Feltham era, benefiting from the attention to detail by the current owner.

His has not just been an exercise in improving the car for its own sake – regular trips to and from his house in Northern France has been interspersed with trips to the Le Mans 24 hours and Classic Le Mans as well as participation in the rally that precedes the Circuit des Ramparts in Angouleme. And this will be the first year for some time that the car will be missing from the car park at the Goodwood Revival.

MOT History

MOT Date   Odometer

06.04.81    79,557
27.04.82    82,055
03.05.83    83,640
01.05.84    84,467
10.07.85    85,695
30.07.86    86,377
10.03.88    86,640
01.03.89    86,959
14.06.90    87,131
02.08.93    87,161
28.04.95    87,283
07.09.96    87,705
21.07.97    88,194
30.05.98    88,217
13.05.99    88,455
12.04.06    92,401
17.04.07    92,908
16.12.08    93,323
20.05.10    95,894
14.06.11    96,178
15.06.12    96,820
11.08.16    98,877
31.05.18    99,690

Service and Maintenance Record

23.07.79- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Fred Binns Keighley

Fit new exhaust sections, fit new swivel pin bushes, reline front brakes, repair wiring fault to rear number plate light. 6,000-mile service, stream clean, specialist repair to bumper. Change wheels/tyres

19.10.79- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Service Dorset

Parts only: Shock absorbers, axle straps, exhaust

01.11.79- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Fred Binns Keighley

Fit new rear shock absorbers, fit new fan belt, fit new exhaust front pipe, replace axle straps

06.12.79- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Service Dorset

Parts only: Windscreen glass, windscreen glazing rubber, filler strip

14.12.79- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: VMCR

Estimate to reupholster and re-carpet car

30.12.79- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Post Vintage

Restoration work: Strip out interior, strip off chrome work, windows, doors, sills, wings etc. Make up and fit inner and outer sills, weld rear wheel arches

31.01.80- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Post Vintage

Make and fit new front wings/side panels, replace door frame bottoms, remove petrol tank, spare wheel carrier, weld inner rear wheel arches, strip off all old paintwork

30.01.80- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: VMCR

Restoration as per estimate

09.02.80- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Service Dorset

Parts only: Clock

04.03.80- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Post Vintage

Paint & thinners

19.03.80- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: JH Cooper

Repair and polish dashboard

09.04.80- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Post Vintage

Shot blast 5 x wheels, set of plates, flasher switch, rubber sections, headlining materials, balance wheels

21.04.80- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: VMCR

Continuation of restoration

30.04.80- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Post Vintage

Chrome work

08.05.80- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Post Vintage

Documented summary of all work completed in restoration

23.05.80- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: VMCR

Final Account

10.06.80- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Post Vintage

Repairs and adjustments

01.02.81- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Post Vintage

Work to front chassis and suspension

05.03.81- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Post Vintage

Hoses, elbows and chroming

10.03.81- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Sports & Vintage Motors

Shot blast and vitreous enamel manifolds

11.04.81- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Post Vintage

Summary of mechanical restoration carried out during Jan – April 1981

20.01.82- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: MWS

5 x 16” Aston Martin wheels

04.05.82- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Post Vintage

Service

12.05.83- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Post Vintage

Carry out services

01.12.99- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Burlen Fuel Systems

Gasket set

29.06.00- Mileage: 89,038- Service Agent: AC Autos

Pipes, hoses and screen wash jets & MOT

31.07.00- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: AC Autos

Supply cellulose paint and thinners

11.11.01- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: AC Autos

Supply 4 x brake linings and fit to brake shoes

29.05.02- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Derby Plating Servies

Copper nickel and chrome plate over rider

12.06.02- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Queen Elizabeth Foundation

Repairs to bodywork as required and respray

31.05.03- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Andron Tooling

Front hub assemblies, rear hubs

06.06.03- Mileage: 90,663- Service Agent: Davron

Strip front brakes, replace wheel cylinders and align brake shoes correctly. Check rear brakes, set up brake cylinders in back plates, replace flexible brake hose and link pipe on n/s. Replace wheel hubs with new items provided by customer. Repair reverse light switch

24.09.03- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Tony Croxall (AC Autos)

Check for MOT, balance front brakes

05.07.04- Mileage: 91,339- Service Agent: Davron

Carry out major service, make up jack and jack handle mounts under bonnet, paint up mounts and fit to bulkhead. Fit new front o/s wheel cylinder and refit shoes, repeat on n/s. Adjust master cylinder push rod and clutch rods

29.07.04- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Davron

Parts only Door window glass support channel

18.04.05- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Tony Croxall (AC Autos)

Check over for MOT

13.04.06- Mileage: 92,401- Service Agent: Tony Croxall (AC Autos)

MOT

31.08.06- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Camberley Auto Factors

Oil filter element

17.04.07- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Tony Croxall (AC Autos)

Check over and MOT, adjust brakes, grease all points, inflate tyres, raise rear exhaust pipe, fit indicator warning buzzer

22.08.07- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Quickfit SBS

Seat belt parts and fixings

30.11.07`- Mileage: 93,305- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Carry out cylinder leakage test, drain cooling system and remove radiator and pipework. Remove cam covers and ancillaries, loosen cylinder head nubs ad lift cylinder head clear of block. Identify failed cylinder head gasket and cylinder liner protrusions below manufacturer limits

26.07.08- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Davron

Estimate for engine rebuild

27.08.08- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: XRN Engineering

Engine cover plate

10.09.08- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Tony Croxall (AC Autos)

Fit neg cigar lighter socket with insulated mounting bracket

19.09.08- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Davron

Exhaust valves, inlet valves, soring set, valve collets

16.10.08- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: XRN Engineering

Machine flywheel, surface crack test, pressure test hot 6-cylinder, machine 6-cylinder head, valve guides, valve inserts

14.11.08- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: JD Robertson

Supply big end bearings

20.11.08- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Coventry Auto Components

Rebuild Aston oil pump

07.01.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Davron

Engine rebuild as per estimate plus clean, paint and polish all parts before assembly, make up new carburettor spindle bush and fit before tuning, fit electric fan and wiring, MOT after repairing front brake, fit new mirrors, change broken gearbox mount, balance cranks assembly, crankshaft grinding of main bearing journals & polishing of big end journals + lead free conversion

16.01.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Davron

Parts – Exhaust guides, inlet guides, valve guide ‘O’ rings

12.02.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Quickfit Belts

Fit belts

04.03.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Coventry Auto Components

Hooks, exhaust downpipe gasket, washer bottle jar, washer bottle brackets

30.04.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Davron

Parts – Oil, oil filter, anti-freeze, top cover gasket, exhaust manifold gaskets, cam cover gaskets, inlet manifold gaskets, windscreen washer pump

01.07.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Tony Croxall (AC Autos)

Repair window frame, remove front exhaust pipes, clean and reseal, replace rear shock absorber link arms

16.07.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Vintage Supplies

Weather-strips

21.07.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: MWS International

5 x 16 spoke wire wheels, 5 x tyres, fit & balance

14.08.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Bulbs, rotor arm, dynamo belt, wiper blades

14.08.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Holden

2 x mirror heads

04.09.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Auto-Design

Replace o/s door seal, replace n/s door seals and refit door caps

20.05.10- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Tony Croxall (AC Autos)

Check for MOT

14.06.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Tony Croxall (AC Autos)

Check over for MOT, repair screen washer

06.12.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Rawles

Rolling road x 1.5 hours, 2 x needles

23.03.12- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Davron

Disconnect prop shaft and other ancillaries, remove gearbox, clean and change seal, remove flywheel and deliver to have conversion done to diaphragm, remove thrust fork mount and modify for new clutch. Reassemble

15.06.12- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Tony Croxall (AC Autos)

Check over for MOT, grease all points, adjust brakes, tighten n/s/r/ wheel

02.10.12- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Starter motor solenoid

13.06.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Mustang Dynamometer

Horsepower check

19.06.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Rawles

2 hour rolling road session

07.04.15- Mileage: 97,834- Service Agent: Motormasters

Oil & filter change and full lubrications, adjust handbrake cable

18.07.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy Stamper

Brake light switch screw terminals

12.08.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: MWS International

2 x tyres

16.08.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Headlamp bulb

13.09.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: MWS International

1 x tyre

09.03.18- Mileage: 99,668- Service Agent: Davron

Full service including engine, gearbox and axle oil changes, check brake fluid and coolant quality and levels, check brake components, adjust handbrake, grease round car, replace light switch, seal up exhaust blow, re-tension fan belt, re-wire cooling fan to only operate when ignition is on


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