Sun-dried Aus­tralian As­ton

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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

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