Tickford Aston Martin
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Author:  Michiel Mobiel [ Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:20 am ]
Post subject:  Tickford Aston Martin

Tickford Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II DHC #AM-300-1137 1956

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According to Aston Martin Service in Dorset, this lovely and exceptionally rare DB2/4 Mk II was sold new to a gentleman by the name of T. Spurlock, of Motortune Inc. in Apartado, Panama. As is recorded by the AMOC Register, this car was the first Drop Head Coupe to be exported, just after its completion in March 1956. This required the car to be equipped for the export market and thus constructed in a left-hand drive configuration.

Of the 16 original Drop Head Coupes built, only six were ever specified for export, making this handsome car a real rarity in Aston Martin circles. The DB 2/4 Mk II is next mentioned in Aston Martin service paperwork dated March 1965, nearly a decade after the car was first sold. The notes indicate that the car had been placed in static storage for a number of years and a thorough service was undertaken to return the car to the road. This work included an engine tune-up and oil change, cleaning the brakes, freeing the handbrake and installing a new tachometer and drive.

Years later, the car was exported to Europe and records indicate that the Aston Martin was in Belgium during the late 1970s. Eventually, it made its way back to North America and for some time it was featured in a prominent Michigan collection. Approximately eight years ago, the car was treated to a sympathetic professional restoration that is responsible for its current presentation. Although the details of the restoration are un-recorded, it is clear that the work was done with the goal of keeping the car’s originality intact. Most recently, the DB2/4 has been part of a marvelous collection where it has been in the care of a knowledgeable enthusiast who has a strong affinity for the Aston Martin marque.

The sporting open Aston Martin is the epitome of a gentleman’s sports car. It is finished in a most appropriate color scheme of Old English White over a beautiful, dark red leather interior and is fully equipped with chrome wire wheels, a black convertible top and the classic W.O. Bentley-designed straight-six engine. It is a Drop Head Coupe with all the unique features that were characteristic of these charming early Astons Martins, such as the small tailfins, wooden veneers and classic Smiths instruments.

Finding an original, left-hand drive Aston Martin is an exciting prospect, especially when it is one of the most coveted of all the early DB models. Fewer than 200 of the DB 2/4 Mk II models were built, of which only a handful were ever conceived as Tickford Drop Heads.

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Author:  Iluvatar [ Thu Feb 10, 2011 1:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tickford Aston Martin

Tickford is the coachbuilder or the body type :?:

Author:  FrankWo [ Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tickford Aston Martin

Yes, Tickford is the CB ...,

... FWo ;)

Author:  neuilly [ Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tickford Aston Martin

Not quite that simple! Yes, the Aston will carry a Tickford coachplate and be attributed to a company called Tickford Ltd, which eventually became part of the David Brown group.

However, Tickford Ltd was formed in the 1940s from the company of Salmons & Sons of Newport Pagnell, and they had been using the name "Tickford" for some 20-odd years as a trade name to describe bodies using various patented constructions. You will find Salmons "Tickford" bodies employing some degree of convertible element (or at least a "sunshine" roof) on all manner of pre-war chassis.

Just to confuse a little further, I have recently learnt that the Astons were actually built by Mulliners and subsequently finished and trimmed by Tickfords. That is Mulliners of Bordesley Green in Birmingham, not H.J. Mulliner nor Arthur Mulliner.....

All very clear and simple isn't it? :lol: ;)


Author:  Iluvatar [ Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:28 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Tickford Aston Martin

So Tickford is the body name for the official Astons made by external CBders?
This particular Aston Martin is a Mulliner or a Salmons & Sons or another?

Author:  TommyK [ Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tickford Aston Martin

Tickford Aston Martin DB 2/4 FHC

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