One of a kind 1956 Aston Martin DB 2/4 MKII Supersonic goes on auction

Andrea Divirgilio / May 1, 2013

Aston Martin fans have been kept busy with the new V8 Vantage SP10 introduced earlier this year, but it seems the older vintage models will be more desirable than the most recent creations in the market. Some precious vintage editions which gained much spotlight earlier this year include the 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT Bertone Jet sale which was a one-off creation, and the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 model, one of cinematic history;s most famous vehicles. Another one-off exclusive edition of Aston Martin goes under the hammer, with the 1956 DB 2/4 MKII looking to find a new owner at the upcoming RM Auctions & Sotheby’s event, which many are dubbing as the most significant vintage car auction in Manhattan in over a decade. Created in 1956, this coupe Aston Martin was purchased at the original price of $15,000 by Richard Cowell, and is now expected to bring in anything between $1.5million and $2million.

1956 Aston Martin DB 2/4 MKII with chassis No. AM300/1/1132 for sale at RM Auctions & Sotheby's in New York

Richard Cowell was supposedly a good friend to the then owner of Aston Martin Lagonda, David Brown who may have taken this special order on his behalf. After the car came into light, it was gifted by Cowell to his bride, Gail Whitney who was supposedly a member of the Vanderbilt clan. However, this purchase wouldn’t have happened if not the encounter on David Brown’s yacht had not happened, where he suggested a special creation for Richard Cowell to ride around with his bride. Henceforth, the since the car’s birth in 1956, it was driven by Harry Schell and even got featured in that year’s Turin Auto Salon. Later, from the South of France, it was bought back to New York and taken to 21 Club, El Morocco, and the Stork Club events.

1956 Aston Martin DB 2/4 MKII with chassis No. AM300/1/1132 is a one-off creation

Looking into the vehicle’s pedigree, this unique creation was one of the total 15 ‘supersonic’ aluminum bodies by Ghia Coachworks, who used their creations on Aston Martin cars only. As a post-war masterpiece from Aston Martin, the oval egg-crate grill, supersonic tail-fins, and the jet age inspired tail lamps, was known as being Pop-Art on wheels during the 1950′s era. After being driven to glory by Harry Schell, it featured in the Life Magazine, where the vehicle was pictured with Cowell, in the South of France where he used to live during his famous days as World Water Skiing Champion. It passed on to collector Robert Lee in the late 1950s, from where it exchanged hands a few more times. Now offered as a part of the James Patterson collection, the vehicle has been given a through restoration, to make it perfect for the sale at the RM Auctions & Sotheby’s event this November.

1956 Aston Martin DB 2/4 MKII with chassis No. AM300/1/1132 was owned by former world champion water skier,  Richard Cowell

Via: RM Auctions

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