Make: Aston Martin
Model: DB 2/4
Origin: London, United Kingdom
Production: 1953 – 1957 | 764
Engine: 2.6 L Lagonda I6
Founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford in 1913, Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is a British manufacturer of luxury sport and grand tourer cars. Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford founded it in 1913. The first car was produced in March 1915, but production was delayed with the outbreak of WWI. Martin joined the Admiralty and Bamford joined the Royal Army Service Corps.
After the war in 1922, Bamford and Martin produced cars to compete in the French Grand Prix, which later went on to set world speed and endurance records at Brooklands. Financial problems with different investors stepping in to help from 1924 – 1936 led to just 700 cars produced until the next war, World War II, halting work. In 1947, tractor manufacturer David Brown Limited bought the company under the leadership of managing director, Sir David Brown – its “post-war savior.”
The DB 2/4 debuted at the New York Auto Show in April 1950 and produced until April 1953. Only 411 of this model have been made. Available as a closed, 2-door, 2-seater coupe, which Aston Martin called a “sports saloon, ” later offered as a drophead coupe. This car has had some notable racing successes in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Including, at the 1950 Le Mans race, the world’s oldest active endurance sports car race, two DB2 models won Aston Martin 1st and 2nd place in the 3-litre class. With the racing success of the DB2, Aston Martin began designing a DB3 model specifically for competition use.