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not bad for a 50 years old baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the story:

this is it, my Aston Aston Martin DB2-4, Mark II.
There were 199 units manufactured of this model. This is the 199th. DB stand for David Brown, 2-4 for the small back seat. My father boutgh this beaufiful piece of art in 1957. It was shipped from Liverpoll on July 5th, 1957. a month or so later it arrived to Caracas's sea port, La Guaira. I went down with my dad to pick it up. We were looking down to the piers where it was standing and my dad said: that broad smile on your face has surely paid in full for the car. My father passed away to a better life about 15 years ago, and I boutgh my mother's and brothers shares about four years ago. About four months ago I had a buying offer which I thaugh was too low, I made a counteroffer for something like an addicional 40%- I have never been more scared in my life. I couln't sleep. I thouth they would take it. fortunately enought that fellow got in somekind of trouble and couln't meet my terms.
thanks God. I hope you like the story and the car.

Introduced to the public at the London Motor Show in 1953, the DB2/4 offered very much a first in the motoring world - since then much copied. It's Aston Martin that we have to thank for bringing the world the 'hatchback'. This came about as the DB2/4 was a four seater (really a 2+2) unlike the pure two seat DB2, and rear access was required for the occupants luggage. The roofline of the DB2/4 was raised so as to provide extra headroom for rear seat passengers. Also the windscreen became a single piece full width curved affair.

As well as the useful hatchback, the DB2/4 can be distinguished from the earlier car by more substantial bumpers with over-riders. Also the headlamps were repositioned slightly higher as demanded by new safety regulations.
Initially the 2/4 had as standard the 2.6 litre engine (2580 cc, VB6E/) in Vantage tune from the DB2 which produced 125bhp. Then from mid 1954, an enlarged 2.9 litre (2922 cc, VB6/J) was introduced giving 140bhp. This translates into a genuine 120mph top speed.

Astons on film
The very British glamour of Aston Martin cars meant they were a natural choice for the character of James Bond (author Ian Fleming gave his hero a DBIII in the seventh novel, Goldfinger). A long association between 007 and the marque began on screen with the silver DB5 that appears in Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). This was James Bond's company car, and then, in GoldenEye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), appeared to have become his private car. In On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) there appears, at the beginning and end of the movie, a metallic-green DBS. After an interlude with Lotus, Aston Martins were again used: a charcoal-grey V8 Volante and Vantage in The Living Daylights (1987). After switching to BMW for several films, the Vanquish appeared in Die Another Day (2002). In early 2004, Henrik Fisker, Design Director at Aston Martin, revealed that James Bond drove the new DBS in Casino Royale released in November 2006.[6]

The Italian Job (1969) features a silver DB4 Convertible, owned by crook Charlie Croker, played by Michael Caine. Later, this car is destroyed in a Mafia ambush, along with a pair of E-type Jaguars. The cars were meant to serve as getaway vehicles in the subsequent robbery "in case anything goes wrong." The gang decide to proceed despite this loss, and the question of what happens if anything goes wrong is pointedly ignored by Croker. Although it is commonly believed that this car was destroyed during filming, it still exists and currently belongs to an AMOC member. Rather than destroy an expensive Aston, a Lancia mocked up to look like its British counterpart was pushed over the edge for the final take. In the 2003 remake with the same title, the character Handsome Rob, played by Jason Statham, ends up driving an Aston Martin, but not the Vanquish that he wanted. Instead, it is a DB7 Volante.

An Aston Martin also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.

Rowan Atkinson's character in Johnny English (2003) drives a DB7

Roger Moore's character in The Persuaders! (1971-1972) drives an Aston Martin V8.

Famous owners

The character James Bond has used Aston Martins in many movies (see above).
Rowan Atkinson owns several in his fast car collection.
Charles, Prince of Wales is a keen Aston Martin collector.
Hugh Grant owns/ed a V12 Vanquish.
Pierce Brosnan owns/ed a V12 Vanquish.
Morrissey owned an Aston Martin 1977 V8
David Beckham owns an Aston Martin.
Steven Spielberg owns an Aston Martin.
Nicolas Cage owns/ed an Aston Martin.
Steven Gerrard owns an Aston Martin.
Frank Lampard owns an Aston Martin.
Michael Owen owns an Aston Martin.
Ashley Cole owns an Aston Martin.
Joe Cole owns an Aston Martin.
Rio Ferdinand owns an Aston Martin.
Janet Jackson owns/ed an Aston Martin.
Ben Affleck owns/ed an Aston Martin.
Jennifer Lopez owns/ed an Aston Martin.
Adam Carolla owns/ed an Aston Martin.
Nicolas Arvelo owns the 199th Aston Martin DB2-4
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Comments on this photo:

Nov 30 2006 12:21 GMT grimp PRO
a great car, a great merit in keeping it alive and rolling
Nov 30 2006 12:24 GMT JPHarr
A beauty!
Nov 30 2006 12:28 GMT hans55 PRO
Fantastic car ... a beauty and so special ... dont sell it !!!!
i liked your story !!
Nov 30 2006 13:56 GMT Middaymanchester
Great story - I hope you are able to keep the car, wonderful that it is still in the same family from new.
Dec 01 2006 00:39 GMT Milibuh
So great classic...
Dec 01 2006 01:52 GMT Kire403
wow, what a story.... you keep it.. don't sell this one.... a great treasure to keep... old cars are more to keep than the modern ones..
Dec 01 2006 02:42 GMT Poulet PRO
GREAT series and story, Nico !!!!
Dec 01 2006 06:22 GMT PhotoPro PRO
a real classic!
great entry!
Dec 01 2006 11:35 GMT Prikthai
Great story. I`m jalouse a little bit of you about this great car.
Dec 03 2006 10:48 GMT aquiles PRO
BELLÍSIMO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 03 2006 23:21 GMT azul
not bad at all !!!
wonderful car !!!
: )
Dec 05 2006 13:02 GMT beedabee
Wow.. love it and grea story !
Dec 06 2006 19:08 GMT paparazziboy
.>hothothot!..Damn Sexci!
Dec 11 2006 09:24 GMT Wildspirit PRO
Woooweeee----priceless story, photo, and car!!!
Dec 12 2006 08:59 GMT losp

A grand/magnificent Austin Martin "grand father" !
The owner of it must be very proud of this 50-yr-old baby !!
Is it a museum piece or still on the road ? :o) .. sorry, I
didn't read your story, it must be great, as I noticed The BIrds,
James Bond .. excellent foto + captioned story = fantastic nicoalfredo !!!

Dec 15 2006 19:11 GMT porquemecreesuperro
si, es muy parecido al que le saque yo. puede ser que sea ese modelo de auto. saludos!
Dec 17 2006 09:22 GMT marky33 PRO
Dec 18 2006 01:36 GMT karlbark
Wonderful car & great history behind it!

Best regards,
Karl Trausti from Iceland
Dec 31 2006 14:22 GMT freddyacboc
Alot of very interesting information that is really good to hear
Jan 05 2007 18:36 GMT elbaron
I love that story, do you know how many from the 199 are in left around the world ??? Keep in touch -- Francis
Jan 05 2007 19:02 GMT Pam
Beautiful! Thanks!
Jan 07 2007 12:22 GMT paperframes
shes a pearl
Jan 15 2007 15:57 GMT Curiousrhino
Wow! fantastic
Jan 17 2007 22:01 GMT Rotterdammer
Wowwwwwwww !
Jan 30 2007 00:17 GMT feri
nice car!
Feb 08 2007 13:02 GMT luizroberto
a masterpiece.
very significant.
beautifull series pics.
Mar 22 2007 18:35 GMT Apus
Well I cant compete With That!..... Goodnight!!!
Apr 01 2007 06:11 GMT LisaSam67
OH YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Total CHAMBER of TORTURE IV!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr 22 2007 04:33 GMT gentletouch PRO
Interesting background of the Astin Martin. I love the Bond series. Thanks for sharing.
Apr 27 2007 10:50 GMT Craig1000hk
absolute classic mate, whats it drive like????????????
Apr 27 2007 11:15 GMT cleftref PRO
Classic styling!
May 17 2007 10:19 GMT deefer PRO
Yes, beautiful.
May 23 2007 05:07 GMT sini
Great car!:)
May 24 2007 14:28 GMT napa
absolutely super....
Jun 03 2007 01:02 GMT SamWiseWoahZay
Wow, what can I say? You are a very lucky man. You own a piece of history and culture. I would also would have been extremely worried if someone had tried to buy it. Your father seemed an amazing interesting guy. I am sure that you don't want to let the car go for many reasons. The story about seeing the car coming from Liverpool in 1957 is simply amazing. I am in awe of you and your father, you both have exquisite taste! I can only equate it wih owning an Enzo (the original). Thanks for this info and history, please keep the car alive for future generations. Bravo!
Jun 03 2007 01:14 GMT SamWiseWoahZay
You are the guardian!
Jun 25 2007 16:31 GMT fotomark
very nice old car
Jun 26 2007 16:48 GMT AlisonBelinda
Marvelous!! I'm up for it!
Oct 01 2007 15:33 GMT Katiska
A real classic indeed, looks great!
Oct 31 2007 15:35 GMT redtusker
Wow, Thanks for sharing.
Nov 14 2007 05:28 GMT jackbadger56
Hello Nico,
when I first put up my AM toy photo I tried to remember your details because I knew you were a fan! I'm glad you found it ;-)
Jun 10 2008 12:49 GMT virginiabrill

Dude, awesome car and awesome story!

Never let that thing go!
Jul 12 2008 03:47 GMT fourdeadpresidents

I'd give my left nut for this!!!
Mar 13 2009 22:04 GMT PaP67
Aug 25 2009 20:22 GMT Sheila PRO
Wonderful story. Hang on to it as long as you can.
Sep 12 2009 07:42 GMT IzabelaBJ09
what a wonderful story... beautiful car....WOW!!!!!!!!!!
Sep 19 2009 21:23 GMT Jujitsu1
lovely old car....thanx for the link