Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe, chassis number LML722, is a right-hand drive model fitted with trafficators and turn signal lamps. The aluminum coachwork (body number 808) is by Mulliners of Birmingham. The car is finished in Ivory with Claret interior and red Everflex hood and cover. It is one of 102 drophead coupes.
The first owner was William Vincent, proprietor of “Vincent’s of Reading,” taking delivery on June 18, 1954. Original UK license plates are JRD 555, which are still on the car. At just over 2,000 miles, Mr. Vincent added a custom steering wheel and Alfin “Turbo” wheel discs.
Stephen Williams bought the Aston on February 17, 1970. It is believed that he painted the car British Racing Green.
The third owner was John Sodder, an American, who shipped the sports car to the US. The Aston was painted black with carpets and leather dyed to match. In 1976, while “driving in a hurry” John broke the front stub axle. There was evidence of a bullet hole passing through the right rear fender and the windscreen. John said his “crazy old lady” fired a pistol at him after an argument, the round just passing over his shoulder! The car was put away in his storage shed.
I (Michael Stone) bought the Aston Martin on April 13, 1982. Although the car was filthy and neglected, all the parts were present. The body was free of serious damage. LML722 “The Bullet Hole Aston” was the subject of an extensive restoration by Britsport of Seattle. All mechanical components were rebuilt, the body and interior were restored back to the original color scheme, and a 5-speed gearbox was fitted. The VB6J engine was rebuilt by Kevin Kay Restorations in 2019.
The DB2/4 is shown and driven regularly in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.