This Aston Martin DB2/4 was first registered on October 28, 1954. It has drophead coachwork by Mulliners Ltd of Birmingham, and was originally sold through Brooklands, Surrey. It was purchased by its current owners from a Bonhams auction in 2010, after they became smitten with the romance of its history.
The DB2/4 had been purchased by an Andrew Wray-Roberts in October 1961, who raced it in the Targa Florio in 1962 and 1963, albeit retiring from both events. In 1970 the car was chosen to represent the year 1954 at the Aston Martin Silver Jubilee celebrations at Crystal Palace, and the following November it was sold to a new owner under whose custodianship it stayed until 2010.
The owners say: “The car not finishing the Targa Florio was what we found rather charming when we saw it for sale. Of course, this also added a slightly different provenance to a DB2/4 Drophead, and we felt it needed bringing back to its former glory.” They decided to have it professionally restored, which was carried out over a seven-year period. Marque specialist Prestige Paintworks Ltd was commissioned to address the body and paint, while Pugsley & Lewis carried out the stripdown and re-assembly, engine rebuild and final trim.
The Aston was entered into its first concours event at Englefield House in 2018, and it has since had further critical detail changes made by Prestige Paintworks Ltd to achieve what the owners believe to be one of the finest examples anywhere. They say they are extremely proud to be the car’s custodians.