This lovely old Aston was first registered on 29th April 1954. A very rare, original factory Vantage it comes with an extensive history folder highlighting the fact that this is essentially a two owner car from new!
Owned by the same person for the last 40 years, despite his best efforts, this classic Aston now requires a full restoration to bring it back to its former glory. As such it will make an ideal basis for one of our world class, 'Bespoke' restorations.
Celebrating 100 years of Aston Martin and 25 years of Aston Workshop, each model in the Aston Bespoke Range offers the very latest enhancements and upgrades, transforming them into the ultimate version of these iconic classics.
The original DB2 was the first Aston to be sold with those famous initials following David Browns acquisition of the company in 1947. The DB2/4 was introduced in 1953 and this particular DB2/4 MKII was delivered to its first guardian in 1956.
This is your opportunity to create the car of your dreams, with more than a little help from Aston Workshop of course!
This bespoke DB2/4 will represent the very finest restoration possible with every conceivable enhancement, resulting in what must surely be the ultimate DB2.
The following is a brief description of the restoration process, a more detailed explanation is available on our Aston Bespoke Website - click HERE
Body & Paint
On all Bespoke models we would generally replace the entire panel work forward of the A-Post and from the B-post to the rear with a totally new panel structure.
A rigorous attention to detail, careful shaping, filing, priming, flatting and guide coating is necessary to achieve the end results demanded of a Bespoke DB2/4 MK1 Vantage.
We use the latest computer based technology, skill and experience, together with an enormous selection of paint codes to offer the widest range of colours imaginable.
Dealing with the chassis correctly is paramount to a successful Bespoke project.
The chassis of the DB2 is of a tubular steel construction, it will be stripped bare and shot blasted to reveal any areas of corrosion. The corroded sections are then cut out and replaced. All internal sections are treated with weld-through primer.
The result is an incredibly well protected chassis that forms the basis of our Bespoke DB2 models.
At Aston Workshop we can produce engines which far surpass original reliability and performance.
With the benefit of modern materials, machining techniques and oils we regularly build high performance engines to the highest specification, a perfect example of what can be achieved when starting from scratch, using modern upgraded parts and appropriate modifications.
We encourage our Bespoke owners to stipulate final engine specifications after careful consultation with our industry leading experts.
Modern, adjustable gas filled dampers, progressive rate springs and modern radial tyres have transformed the handling characteristics of modern cars. These dampers are now available to classic car owners too and are fitted as standard on all Bespoke models.
There is also the question of wheel & tyre choice. At the end of the day, this is a personal decision, and while we will recommend certain options that we know work well, the choice inevitably must be down to the owner.
Thanks to our vast experience and some clever designs we have developed transmission enhancements that not only offer increased performance and safety but are also thankfully very discreet.
We offer the option of a 5 speed manual upgrade on the Bespoke DB2/4 MK1 Vantage, the fifth gear of this unit is effectively an 'overdrive' offering effortless cruising.
Various upgrades are available with a choice of ratios and optional Limited Slip Differential available. The casings of these units can be either the standard black finish or 'concours' gloss black upon request.
When building a car such as the Bespoke DB2/4 MK1 Vantage, it's absolutely essential that the brakes be upgraded or enhanced to the very best specification possible in order to match its all-round improvement in performance.
The most significant upgrade fitted to all DB2 Bespoke models (unless otherwise stipulated) is that of replacing the standard front drum brakes with discs, greatly enhancing safety and handling under braking.
Your Bespoke DB2/4 MK1 Vantage will be fitted with new wiring looms, switches, connections, relays, fuse systems etc. to ensure reliability of all electrical components.
It will also include a high output alternator to improve reliability and capacity of the charging system.
This Bespoke DB2/4 has the following electrical upgrade options available:
Electric power assisted steering
Thatcham 1 alarm system
Remote central locking
Intermittent wiper/washer system
A variety of ICE options with I-pod connection and Sat Nav
Hazard warning light system
HID headlight upgrades
Please contact our workshop manager to discuss specifics.
The choice of exhaust system can dramatically alter the character of your tailor-made car. With this in mind, we are able to offer three different options for your Bespoke DB2/4.
Option 1 Original specification replacement
Standard, cast iron manifold available with either a single or twin system.
Optional, ceramic 'Zircotec' coating providing exceptional heat insulation.
Option 2 Stainless Steel
Full Stainless Steel system available as single or twin exhaust. Optional, ceramic 'Zircotec' coating providing exceptional heat insulation.
Option 3 - Stainless Steel Performance
Full Stainless Steel Performance system available as single or twin exhaust. Optional, ceramic 'Zircotec' coating providing exceptional heat insulation.
The interior of your DB2/4 will be completely re-trimmed to your specification. This includes a wide range of materials in a myriad of colour combinations.
Sound insulation upgrades are standard on all bespoke models allowing for longer journey lengths in greater comfort.
Exterior trim includes the fitting of new glass as a matter of course, plus all chrome areas prepared and re-chromed or fully replaced where necessary.
Our 'Tropicalisation' upgrade was specifically developed to deal with the hottest and most humid climates on the planet, but is of course of benefit to any owner of a bespoke model, anywhere in the world.
Your Bespoke DB2/4 will be upgraded to include a single air-conditioning system and total heat insulation of the cabin area using a specially designed woven insulation fabric hidden in the floor, roof and doors. We will also coat the entire exhaust system with a ceramic 'Zircotec' coating for ultimate heat insulation.
Seriously interested parties should contact us soon to avoid disappointment:
+44 (0)1207 233 525