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A special Aston up for sale

1958 Aston Martin DB2 4 MKIII Saloon

A VERY special 1958 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mk III, owned by the same family for nearly six decades, is to go under the hammer in Silverstone Auctions’ classic car sale at Race Retro on February 27-28.

Offered for sale for the first time since it was purchased by the current family over 56 years ago, the car is estimated at between £160,000 and £180,000.

The first owner was a Mr W. Griffith from Somerset, who owned the car until 1960, when he placed an advert in the local newspaper. Marcus Green, a long-standing member of the Aston Martin Owner’s Club, saw the advert and immediately arranged a viewing. A deal was struck and Mr Green bought the car, which is still in his garage today.

In 2003, the car was inherited by Mr Green’s son-in-law, a skilled mechanical engineer, who set about restoring the Aston to its former glory.

The restoration was a complete body-off nut and bolt rebuild that took place over two to three years. A photographic record documents this process and significant time and effort was put into ensuring the shut lines were better than when new. The original engine was rebuilt and the interior trimmed to a high specification. The car today is reading a mere 67,000 miles from new and still presents beautifully with dark blue paintwork that retains an excellent shine.

One of the most impressive aspects of the car is the substantial history file that documents a lifetime of ownership. Bills and receipts dating back to the 1960s show that it has been cared for throughout its life. In addition, the complete original tool kit can be found under the bonnet along with the chassis plate and many other original components.

Silverstone Auctions sales manager, Will Smith, said: “This car has been a significant part of family history for over 50 years. It is now time for this Aston Martin to find a new keeper who will hopefully preserve it for many future generations to come.”

The car will join many other classic road cars in the auction at Race Retro, which takes place at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

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