The DB2 was Aston Martin’s best selling model to date, but the economic climate for a two-seater car at this price was limited, so Aston Martin began work on making changes to the car.
Removing the cross-bracing above the rear axle had allowed space for two rear seats to be fitted and a lift-up rear door – which today we would call a hatchback – was let into the rear bodywork
for access to the luggage space. Further revisions to the body included seperate bumpers – the DB2 had a chrome rubbing strips – and a single piece windsreen. To counteract a small increase in weight, the 125 bhp Vantage spec engine was now standard.
The DB2/4 was shown at the London Motor Show in 1953, both saloon and drophead versions were available. Further improvements in the design of the body included a different shape for the rear quarter lights, headlamps set higher in the bonnet and improved bumpers.
In September 1953, a new 3-litre unit, which could produce 140bhp at 5000bhp.
In 1955 David Brown moved production to Tickford at Newport Pagnell when the second generation DB2/4 (which became known as the Mark II) was built. At its peak the DB2/4 was being built at the rate of six/seven cars a week even though it was strictly hand built.
Price New: £ 2,622 (Saloon), £ 2,910 (Drophead Coupe)
dohc I-6, 2580 cc, 125 bhp @ 5000 rpm, 144 lbs-ft @2400 rpm; 1954-57 Mk II: 2922 cc, 140 bhp @5000 rpm, 178 lbs-ft @ 3000 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Front: trailing arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Rear: live axle, trailing links, Panhard rod, coil springs
Brakes: Front and Rear hydraulic drums
Top Speed: 120 mph
0-60 mph: 12.6 sec.