Aston Martin DP114/2 – DB4 design study




Aston Martin DP114/2 – DB4 design study

Year of production 1954 - 1957

Category: Concept

(1954 - 1957)

From 1954, work started on a new car to replace the DB2 derived models. DP114 started as a new chassis to a perimeter design although this was never completed. A second chassis become what was intended as a prototype of the DB4. The car featured a double wishbone front suspension and de Dion rear suspension plus a 2.9 litre six cylinder engine derived from that of the DB Mark III.

DP114/2 otherwise became known as the Walls Ice Cream Van because of it’s original white and blue colour scheme. The car was sidelined in 1957 after a decision to base the Mark III replacement on the Touring designed DB4 and David Brown purchased the car from his company to be used by his wife as her personal transport until 1962.

Eventually, the car was bought back by Aston Martin in 1989 and was entrusted to Works Service so that it could be rebuilt to become a showpiece for the department. These photographs were taken on the AML Works Service stand ay the Coys festival in 1995 and outside the factory offices on’ Sunnyside’ during the Brookes/AML auction in 2001.

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