- Bought and maintained with passion
- Left-hand drive, matching numbers
- Original upholstery, bespoke luggage
James Bond drove an Aston Martin DB5 in the film Goldfinger, but there is mention in the book by Ian Fleming of an " Aston Martin III ", which must surely refer to a DB2/4 MkIII or DB MkIII, making this the British secret agent's first car !
This Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII, an original left-hand drive car, was bought by a Greek surgeon who took it with him when he moved to South Africa. It was there that the current owner, a South African, bought the car in 1993. He subsequently brought the DB2/4 to Europe, to be completely restored in England. He had the good sense to conserve the original upholstery with its patina and evocative smell of old leather, along with a delightful set of bespoke luggage, also in leather and compartmentalised to suggest it would have held guns and equipment for hunting (trŠs chic.. !) The odometer reads 32,500 miles and the car, which comes with its box of tools, has a truly original feel. It is equipped with the 2.6-litre six-cylinder twin-cam engine, designed originally under the authority of W.O. Bentley, that gives this sporty coup‚ all its character. The body, designed by Frank Feeley, is a masterpiece of simplicity and sportiness and in its day, it was one of the most expensive on the market : in France it cost 3,355,000 francs to buy a cabriolet, compared to 2,275,000 francs for a Jaguar XK 120 and 2,822,000 francs for a Lancia Aurelia Spider. This says much about the level of sophistication in this pure English beast, the first 'hatchback' sports car. In period, this model attracted the stars, sports car enthusiasts and? writers, such as Fran‡oise Sagan who experienced an unfortunate mishap at the wheel of her cabriolet on a road in Normandy.
" The superiority of its gearbox and its driving qualities are almost irresistible " was how Paul FrŠre praised the merits of the Aston Martin DB 2/4 MkII in the pages of L'quipe, during the 1950s. This car gave rise to a fabulous line of Aston DBs. Through to the DB6, these cars drew from and refined the raw ingredients of the DB2 and DB 2/4. The DB 2/4 was the last Aston Martin with a personality exuding the scent of competition. The example we are presenting offers the additional charm of authenticity.