The Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk I is a grand tourer produced by Aston Martin from 1953 to 1957. It was the successor to the DB2 model and was available in three body styles: a two-door saloon, a convertible, and a three-door shooting brake.
The DB2/4 Mk I was powered by a 2.6-liter inline-six engine that produced 125 horsepower, and could reach a top speed of around 120 mph. It was also equipped with a four-speed manual transmission, and featured a redesigned grille and larger bumpers compared to its predecessor.
One of the notable features of the DB2/4 Mk I was its unique “hatchback” design, which included a rear tailgate that could be opened to provide additional luggage space. This design was also used on the later DB2/4 Mk II and III models.
In 1954, Aston Martin introduced a competition version of the DB2/4 Mk I called the DB2/4 Mk I “Competition”. It was fitted with a high-output engine, lightweight bodywork, and upgraded brakes, suspension, and steering components. The car achieved significant success in racing and rally events, including a class win at the 1955 Monte Carlo Rally.
Overall, the DB2/4 Mk I was a successful model for Aston Martin, with over 760 examples produced during its production run. Its combination of luxury and performance made it a popular choice among wealthy enthusiasts, and its racing success helped to enhance the brand’s reputation in motorsport.