1953 - 1955

DB 2-4

The DB2/4 was certainly one of the fastest production cars, especially given its modest engine capacity, of its day. The Bentley Drivers’ Club even called it “the fastest shooting brake in the world”. Apart from the new 2+2 seating arraignment and the more powerful big-valve Vantage version of the 2.6-litre engine fitted as standard, the DB2/4 had a curved windshield rather than the vee-screen of the DB2, higher set headlamps and more substantial bumpers. An optional 140 bhp 2.9-litre engine could be specified offering an additional 15 bhp over the standard 2.6-litre unit. This car, much used for Continental touring, featured in the 1984 movie, ‘Dance with a Stranger’, staring Miranda Richardson and Rupert Everett, the tragic tale of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged for murder in England.