1957 Aston Martin DB2/4: Timeless classics

1957 Aston Martin DB2/4: Timeless classics

Engine Inline 6 Horsepower 162.00 SAE @ 5500 RPMTorque 180 Ft-Lbs (244 NM) @ 4000 RPM Engine Location Front Drive Type RWD Weight 2855 lbs | 1295.006 kgTransmission 4-speed manual

The exquisite combination of style and speed made Aston Martin cars highly coveted by fans of both elegance and performance. Taking inspiration from its predecessor, the DB2, this particular model evolved into the ultimate Gran Turismo and gained immense popularity, even becoming a beloved vehicle of none other than James Bond himself. 

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The DB2/4 gained popularity not only among avid speed enthusiasts looking to challenge Ferrari but also caught the eye of James Bond himself, becoming one of his favored vehicles. Aston Martin’s designers achieved perfect harmony in creating this car, combining timeless charm with advanced technological solutions. The sleek contours of the body, rounded headlights, elongated hood, windshield, and the large three-spoke steering wheel with a rim made of wood all exuded the elegant essence of the British brand.

The origins

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During the Second World War, Aston’s activities were suspended. These were difficult times for the country and, in particular, for the British automotive industry. Britain was under attack and no one cared about racing and luxury vehicles. The war became a terrible disaster, directing the production facilities to the creation of military equipment. In the post-war period, the country gradually began to rise, and automakers came up with new models, aiming to restore the former power of the British automotive industry. In 1947, Aston Martin was acquired by David Brown, a man who had nothing to do with sports vehicles before. Before the acquisition of AM, he was engaged in the production of tractors and agricultural machinery. However, it was Brown’s appearance that breathed new life into the brand, and under his leadership, the golden age began for the company. In 1947, he merged the company with the rival “Lagonda” brand as Aston had a good chassis, and the Lagonda – a new overhead valve six-cylinder engine by Walter Bentley. As a result, a series of dynamic roadsters with Brown’s initials – “DB” was created.

In 1953, the serial Aston Martin DB2 was upgraded and received the DB2/4 index. The  “4” indicated that it was a four-seater, while the racing two-seater was indexed as DB3. The DB2/4 became a GT-class roadster, the most popular among all Aston Martins released earlier.

The 1957 model year

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Aston Martin DB2/4’s second series appeared in 1955 and was produced until 1957. During this period, 199 vehicles were assembled, including the usual version of the coupe with a separate trunk along with convertibles (Drophead Coupe) and a coupe with a third door (Sports Saloon). Moreover, this release was an example of a successful combination of British engineering and Italian design.  Elegant coachbuilders liked to experiment with this automobile. Particularly, Turin designer Bertone and other craftsmen served customers who needed a larger yet sporty vehicle. This approach allowed the creation of the exclusive AM, making this release one of the most elegant British sports vehicles in history popular among the wealthy and famous with good taste who wanted to be different without attracting undue attention. They chose this particular model with a cost of £1,925 in 1957. The model was available with a 2.9-liter inline-6 engine. This engine was installed to compensate for the significantly increased weight compared to the previous modification. The power indicators have increased markedly – the new engine produced 140 hp at the same 5000 rpm. Traction had grown to 241 Nm of torque, but already at 3,000 rpm. The maximum speed raised also – up to 193 km/h, and acceleration to hundreds became much more dynamic and took 10.1 seconds. This was already an established classic and one of the most elegant British sports cars ever.

Did you know?

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The 1957 Drophead Coupe appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic “The Birds” movies with the legendary Tippi Hedren. The famous actress played socialite Melanie Daniels, who drove a 1957 convertible released by a famous British brand. Interestingly, this was not product placement. The car belonged to Universal Studios. So, by chance, one of the brand’s legendary cars also turned into an eternal Hitchcock classic.

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1957 Aston Martin DB2/4: Timeless classics

Engine Inline 6 Horsepower 162.00 SAE @ 5500 RPMTorque 180 Ft-Lbs (244 NM) @ 4000 RPM Engine Location Front Drive Type RWD Weight 2855 lbs | 1295.006 kgTransmission 4-speed manual

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