Over the past few weeks, we’ve welcomed a very special addition to the workshop. The third in a line of Aston Martin DB2/4’s which are
Tony has collected the body of our 1955 Astin Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe after its trip to the sandblasters.
Now that it is back at the workshop, work will continue on the restoration of this rare classic.
The strip down of the axle and brakes from our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe has continued with Neil recently.
While he was doing this, Tony collected the chassis from the sandblasters. Progress continues to be made so it shouldn’t be too long before things start to come back together.
Our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 has been getting a lot of attention lately. The stripped chassis has been sent off to the sandblasters.
Before it went, Rob stripped the last remaining parts off the shell and chassis and removed the bodyshell. He also separated the sill/bulkhead structure from the rear bodyshell. Rob went on to remove the steel inner structure from the outer ally rear body in preparation for blast cleaning.
Rob has continued the strip down of our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe.
As he was doing this, he found some highly questionable previous repairs. I think Rob said it best when he said:
“The next time you look at a classic car, however much it may be worth nowadays, just remember that once it was just an old car, and worth less than a packet of fags, and will have been bodged up accordingly. This is the previous repair that has been carried out to some very extensive damage on the sill of the Aston. Mind-boggling!”
Rob also removed all the securing bolts and lowered the front and rear suspension assemblies, as complete units, ready to be stripped for rebuilding at a later date.
Our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 has begun its process of being stripped down by classic car technician Rob.
It will be stripped down to a bare chassis, ready for its full restoration to get properly underway.
After cleaning up the seat of our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe, Lydia has spent some time making the foams fit.
Unfortunately, the original foam has been lost or destroyed, meaning that it was necessary to make new ones. Having recently seen some original ones, Lydia knew the basic shape that they needed to be and also the way that they were chamfered underneath. This meant that replicating them was not too difficult but still required a few test fits and alterations.
Once she was happy with the seat base, Lydia moved onto the backs. She had one back foam slither that was badly perished, but it gave her a base to work from. She made the backrest foams out of 100mm foam laminated together, then shaped them with the foam saw. After this, she made the cardboard piece that sits on the top of the seats to cover the raw edges of leather.
…and they say men can’t multitask! Brian’s day has been spent on 1953 Aston Martin’s today. He started off sorting out all interior parts, labelling up, bagging up all of the small parts of the Aston martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe.
Swiftly followed by work on our other 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4. He’s a little further forward with the interior of this one as he fits new clips to the door panels, cutting out foam, gluing the foam to boards, trimming the foam to size, cutting and gluing the leather to the door panels, gluing and trimming onto the back of the boards as well as turning the leather around the pocket holes.
Brian has begun work on stripping down our 1955 Aston Martin Drophead Couple. He has removed the rear boot panels, the rear seat base and door panels. The cappings and door pockets have been taken out and the sill carpets. The carpets under the dash, the dash top panels and window surround panels are all now out.
The project will be a big part of our diary for 2024 but heading up to Christmas we have a few weeks to really get started on the strip down.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve welcomed a very special addition to the workshop. The third in a line of Aston Martin DB2/4’s which are being completely restored by our classic car restoration technicians at our Suffolk HQ.
This particular car, is a 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe and one of a rarefied few which remain. This car, which has yet to be named, has been commissioned by its owner for our highly-skilled teams to bring back to its former glory alongside the sister cars of ‘Claret’ and ‘Moonshadow‘.
Although work has already begun on this incredible piece of Aston Martin history, there is still a long way to go. But, like the sister cars, our team are excited and eager to get this wonderful restoration on the move and all of us are lucky enough to have 3 of these stunning DB2/4’s in the workshop.
Brian has started work on our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe.
He has been making the centre console lid.
He did this by making the wood base, adding the wood edge sections, glueing this to the base section, making a new foam top section, cutting to shape, and fitting foam to the wood base.
We are very excited to have our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 2.9-litre Drophead Coupe soon to be arriving at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.
This is a fully intact example with matching numbers that requires a comprehensive restoration. This particular car, one of only a few ever produced in a right-hand drive (RHD) configuration, was originally delivered to Ireland and has remained there for its entire existence, until very recently.
It has actually been under the care of a single family for the past five decades and presents a rare chance to restore a rare and very special classic car.