Sun-dried Australian Aston
If you’ve ever wondered what 40 years in the Outback would do to an Aston Martin, wonder no longer. This 1955 DB2/4 has been parked up on a rural property in Queensland, Australia since the mid-seventies. With temperatures cycling between a cool winter’s night (say 10°C) and upwards of 50°C on the hottest summer days, the original coat of Sea Green paint has largely dried up and dropped off. Indeed, the bonnet appears to have been stripped, suggesting the beginnings of a repaint that never happened. All the wood and leather has degraded to the point where little will be re-useable. Rick Nijland of S2 Classic Cars in Hengelo, the Netherlands, heard about the car and brought it back to Europe.
‘The car was delivered new in July 1955 to Hobart, Tasmania and went to its second owner in Sydney in the mid-sixties. It passed to another Sydney owner in 1969 and then the fourth owner moved from Brisbane to outback Queensland where the car was parked in a paddock. I’ve rarely seen a DB2/4 with such straight body lines and good panel gaps. It will make a great subject for restoration.’
Little need for paint stripping – the sun has done most of that
Despite its state, the body is straight and the panel gaps good