Objects to be found
with an Aston Martin DB2/4 (MkI) when new
1. Sales catalogues
Should you wish buy a genuine
handbook, you'd better be very caucious as it MUST be leather bound.
Many sellers offer repros, erroneously presented as original, either
because they are unaware or because they
want easy profit ...
This reprint seems
to have been published with works authorisation and is an exact copy.
Thus it's better to use it when working on a car to avoid staining an
Here are the original handbooks:
DB2/4 (Mk I) – 2.6 Litre
(Mk I) – 3 Litre
DB2/4 Mk II
DB2/4 Mk III
Accoding to the
Parts Catalogue (sold by good Aston Martin specialits), this toolbox
was to be found with
"Shelley" and "Kismet" tools.
3/16 – 1/8 (small size)
spanner 5/16 – ¼ (medium size)
Shelley spanner 7/16 – ¾ (big
Round shape is
Shelley flat pliers
one is of the same size but not an original one)
"Kismet" air pression
Spark wrench (same
size but not original model)
Split tube at the end is used to open the radiator
Built by Lake & Elliot and also
known as Millenium, it lies at the left, in the trunk, secured by a
strut. A screw allows piston height adjustment.
can be found. Here is one of them:
Here is the lever and where to find
This lever is often
lost with the jack. It has a gab
to be inserted on the jack, where "Millenium" is written. A ring, when
drawn, allows to pull the lever out.
To lower le jack, just push down this gab.
Here is one at the front of a car, under a
For the record, here is jack from a Mk
5. Air pump
Built by " Kismet". Found in the boot at left. Fixed by three clips.
Once again, several
such as "Popular" or "car" can be found ...
On this photo, the pump is a little
too small for the brackets.
One more under the hood of LML/50/21 :
6. The crank
On the DB2 and DB2/4 (Mk
I and Mk II). Not to be found on a DB MkIII.
Here is the original lamp. Its
sloping shape allows good orientation when the bonnet is open at full
On LML/898 ...
... and on LML/842.
On LML/707 :
You can check on
page 18 of the handbook (DB 2/4 Mk I, 2.6L or 3L).
Here is NAD 161 (LML/516). You can
“trafficators”. To be found on many British cars from 35 to 60. Often
I have no photo of one fully open.
You can see them in
I (2.6L or 3L) handbook (page 76):
9. Gear lever knob
I and MkII model
Mk III model
No precise information but here is one that is often seen in Aston
Martins. It's very far from the driver !
Here is the better photo on LML/889 (ex Peter Ustinov):
Here are original straps that were fitted
Any baggage needed?
In a DB2 (LML/50/28,
photo Virages magazine)
12. Steering wheel
Original steering is from Bluemel. Also found on some Bristols, Healeys
Here is a Bristol 400 with this
type of steering wheel:
A wood steering wheel is often seen
in early Aston Martins... such as in "the Birds" film. Usually, it's a Motolita.
It seems that the rim was from wood but now,
rims are made from reconstituted wood (to avoid splinters in case of an
Closer to the
bakelite steering wheel in style, is the 16 inches. I'd rather have a
polished one because the black anodized (surface tratment to protect
and/or dress) was later standard on the DB4, DB5 and DB6.
One other example,
Found in one
the nicest Flickr galleries ...
For the cars sold
in France, a plate from Majestic Auto (addres was: 43 rue de Bayen in
Paris - 16) was fixed at the rear of the car.
I once read it was made of chrome brass but I saw one in aluminium at
Rétromobile show… Of course, I had forgotten my camera...
I AM LOOKING FOR A
PHOTO OF THIS PLATE! IF YOU FIND ONE...
Something useful and looking nice in the glovebow: "le
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