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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Here's an Aston Martin in Ghia's Supersonic suits

The older the more expensive. It seems that is what deserves to be pinned on the row of classic cars that can still perform excellently in various world automotive events. The same is the case with the Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Ghia Supersonic Coupé, which refuses to retire in old age, even survives in its condition as it is, plus the price is still expensive.
1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk.II Ghia Supersonic Coupe (chassis: AM300/1131) while sat on display at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3of9AP9)
The coupé-styled Aston Martin car is even more enchanting after receiving a magical touch from Carrozeria Ghia, one of the famous Italian coachbuiders. As we know that the Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II was built by the British manufacturer starting in 1956 and is a continuation model of the previous Mark I model which began production in 1953. Reportedly, the Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II model was made as many as 4 units only at that time.
1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk.II Ghia Supersonic Coupe (chassis: AM300/1131) with a long and sharp windshield; a curved nose that forms a straight belt line, ending with a small flaming tail fin. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/36B2KgZ)
And in the same era coachbuilder Ghia was also being developing a car's coachwork style design that became known as 'Supersonic.' The design was first pinned on the figure of the Conrero-tuned Alfa Romeo 1900 racing car which later participated in the 1953 Mille Miglia classic racing event.
1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk.II Ghia Supersonic Coupe (chassis: AM300/1131) with a long and sharp windshield; a curved nose that forms a straight belt line, ending with a small flaming tail fin. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/36B2KgZ)
The 'Supersonic' coachwork design was originally proposed by Giovanni Savonuzzi, as a car with a long and sharp windshield; a curved nose that forms a straight belt line, ending with a small flaming tail fin intended to resemble a jet afterburner; and the cockpit is low as glass.
1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk.II Ghia Supersonic Coupe (chassis: AM300/1131) uses a 2 cylinder, 2,922 cc, DOHC engine able to spew power of 182 bhp and torque of 247 Nm. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3of9AP9)
Since then, many of the best cars from world-renowned manufacturers sent to the Ghia's headquarters in Turin to get a touch of the 'Supersonic' coachwork design, that's also includes the Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II car. One of just four DB2/4 Mark IIs with the chassis number AM300/1131 supplied to Italian coach-builders. Here it received the striking 'Supersonic' style coachwork that was also fitted to Fiat, Chrysler and Jaguar chassis in the same period.
1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk.II Ghia Supersonic Coupe (chassis: AM300/1131) while sat on display at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3of9AP9)
The first owner of the unique Supersonic-styled Aston Martin was French-born American racing driver Harry Schell. It was debuted and sat on display at the Turin Show in 1956 but had disappeared from view until it resurfaced at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours following a complete restoration. Although the windshield snapped in transport, the one-off Aston won second in class. Amazingly the field also featured two units Supersonic-styled Fiat.
The exotic car's latest news is when the world's famous auction house, RM Auctions sell it at the Art of the Automobile auction event on November 12, 2013. At the time the car is managed to sell at a price of the US. $2,310,000 (approx Rp.19.3 billion). *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CLASSICDRIVERS | MOTOR1 | ULTIMATECARPAGE ]
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