front view ASTON MARTIN DB2-4 MARK II
not bad for a 50 years old baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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.
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