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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Aston Martin DB2/4 Barn Find Unearthed After 50 Years

BOLD RIDE

 
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When someone says they have a rare Aston Martin up on blocks in their barn – you don’t walk, you run to it. At least, that’s how we imagined Jonathan Wills, owner of Cotswold Classic Car Restorations, approached this rare 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 when he heard about it. 

According to Barcroft Cars, this ’50s Aston had been used as an unmarked police car during the 1960s, until it was purchased by a collector and eventually forgotten to its humble barn dwelling.

 Six decades after its production date, Wills believes the British saloon could be worth as much as £250,000 (around $379,000 at today’s rates), after a thorough restoration. Quite the chunk of change to find sitting under a tarp, in a shed.



The car was found in a barn in Gloucester, England, and Wills notes that the conditions for storing the vehicle couldn’t have been much better – airy, dry, and heated in the winter.

 The rear glass even shows some period newspapers, extensively yellowed over the years. Beneath that unmistakable Aston Martin hood lies a 2.9-liter ‘Lagonda’ straight-six, good for a resounding 140 horsepower in its day and a top speed nudging the 120 mph barrier.

Why so much money for an aging Aston? They didn’t exactly build many. Over its entire four year lifespan, only 761 DB2/4 models were built, some of which (like this one) came as a 2+2 saloon, while others came fitted as ‘Drophead Coupes’, and even a rarer few were fettled by Bertone.