1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon Coachwork by Mulliners of Birmingham Registration no. ROC 926 Chassis no. LML/866 Engine no. VB6J/323
'The Aston Martin DB2/4 is an expensive car designed to cater for the connoisseur of sports cars who is not limited by financial considerations.' - Autocar, 2nd October 1953.
Standard specification included the 2.6-litre 'VB6E' engine in 125bhp Vantage tune but from early in 1954 the 3.0-litre 140bhp 'VB6J' engine was installed, providing 118mph top speed and 60mph in around 11 seconds. This was one of the fastest cars then built in Great Britain - with 100mph achievable in third gear and around 120mph maximum - possessing impeccable handling plus a level of comfort rare in any high-performance car. In 1955 the factory entered three DB2/4s in that year's Monte Carlo Rally, securing the Team Prize; but for a navigational error, one would have won outright.
This particular DB2/4 was purchased new by Girling Ltd of Tyseley, Birmingham and used by them as a test bed for disc brake development. Disc brakes did not become standard equipment on an Aston Martin road car until part way through 1957 when they appeared on the DB Mark III, which makes '866' possibly the first Aston Martin to be fitted with this superior form of braking system. The accompanying copy guarantee form lists another prominent British motor industry company, Vandervell Products, as the second owner. Three subsequent owners are listed, all in the UK.
In 1995 the Aston was offered for sale at auction and purchased there by the current vendor. At that time the car was said to have been bought in Somerset in 1987 by the then owner, who had it rebuilt and upgraded by Four Ashes Garage with the aim of competing in AMOC competitions. In order to comply with the regulations, the Girling disc brakes were removed and drums reinstated (the original Girling discs are included in the sale). Between 1988 and 1991 the car competed in eight races, winning the AMOC road-going class twice. The AMOC Register records a 2nd place award at the Lime Rock Concours in 1993, the then owner's name being given as Perlman.
The Aston is currently resident in Finland where it has been kept in heated storage since 1995. Accompanying documentation consists of the aforementioned guarantee, an AMOC Vehicle Identity Form, expired MoT certificate and tax disc (1996), sundry restoration invoices, an old-style logbook and V5 registration document.