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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupé MkI [LML/944]

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkI [LML/944] in The Birds, Movie, 1963 IMDB

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: UK — Made for: USA

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupé MkI [LML/944]

Position 00:19:28 [*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

Comments about this vehicle


ben68 BE

2005-11-26 14:28

Probably a 1954-55 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk.I convertible

sixcyl FR

2005-12-28 08:38

[Image: ac33fs.4026.jpg] [Image: ac11mb.1953.jpg] [Image: ac42my.3228.jpg] [Image: ac59rx.8596.jpg]

ben68 BE

2005-12-28 08:49

C'est quand même une "caisse d'enfer" cette DB2/4. J'adore.

sixcyl FR

2005-12-28 09:21

...je ne connais pas beaucoup d' Aston, dont on ne pourrait pas dire la même chose! ;) ...cette marque vaut 100000x fois Ferrari dans mon coeur ! (...j'aime bien exagerer parfois :D )

Carfan US

2006-06-07 19:48

three stars.

14stutz US

2007-07-25 05:05

Anyone know if the specific car is identified or if it still exists?

Yes, three stars for "The Birds"....maybe four!

-- Last edit: 2007-07-25 05:05:35

haggicide US

2008-12-29 01:00

A good friend of mine is a British car restorer, and he told me of restoring this car a number of years ago, possibly early-'80s.

twschaller US

2011-09-22 07:37

as of about the year 2000 or so this actual db2 was owned by glass artist dale chihuly and was stored in seattle

dsl SX

2011-10-11 21:49

Quote - "I'm often asked about the Aston Martin that was used in the Alfred Hitchcock film, The Birds. The AMOC register tells us that it was a DB2/4 Drophead coupe [LML/944] that was loaned to Universal Studios in 1963 especially for the film. I believe that the car still exists and lives in the US." - http://www.astonmartins.com/feltham/db2_4_drophead_coupe.htm . Some gossip about the car at http://www.amoc.org/component/option,com_wrapper/Itemid,118/ .

-- Last edit: 2016-06-28 03:53:08

portacker US

2012-09-06 12:24

Can anybody add a picture of the interior? It was shown during the film.

andrepa DE

2012-11-04 02:59

[Image: zdf2012-11-0402-44-30.jpg] [Image: zdf2012-11-0402-44-33.jpg] [Image: zdf2012-11-0402-45-45.jpg] [Image: zdf2012-11-0402-48-48.jpg]
this is from final scene, think there was a daylight inetrior shot, too. Missed this time, will capture when telecasted again :)
TMO 4* Beauty used over long time by another Beauty + escape from inferno

-- Last edit: 2012-11-04 03:17:59

andrepa DE

2012-11-07 00:12

sixcyl wrote ... Ferrari

Qu'est-ce que c'est ?

Alessandro58 CH

2014-06-12 07:55

andrepa wrote [Image: zdf2012-11-0402-44-30.jpg] [Image: zdf2012-11-0402-44-33.jpg]

If I am not completly wrong, for me the steering wheel is mounted upside down, I mean, the grip profile is facing the driver not the dashboard as it should be :think:

-- Last edit: 2014-06-12 07:56:47

tradedriver UK

2014-08-14 11:02

Yes, I take your point about the steering wheel. A throwback from the days when wooden steering wheels were the norm and perhaps Aston placed it as a luxury 'traditional' item. I can't quite make out whether the 'grips' are merely inlays or if they are 'raised'. They do look as if they are raised though and if that is the case perhaps it was, for it's day, a high performance vehicle without power steering and that these grips assisted in steering the vehicle, both at high speeds and also for manoeuvring?

ryantee82 US

2014-09-14 02:17

Is the car still around? :( From wikipedia:

A drophead coupé (DHC) appeared in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds and is used extensively throughout the film. This car, which was bought in the mid-1960s by a Los Angeles resident, had a 327 Corvette motor (with automatic transmission) installed for "roadability" then was restored at that time, except for damage to the undercarriage from the filming which remained for historic interest. However, within two years the car was totalled by a subsequent owner.

classiccarlover PT

2016-02-14 12:54

That front is a bit odd but the car is cool.

Pierre EN

2016-06-28 03:45

As a fifteen year old, I adored Hedren in that film - and we implored her not to go upstairs to investigate following the aerial onslaught - could almost feel one's legs being pecked.
Alas, it was beginning to dawn on me that a prime requirement for horror film characters is to score zero in quickness on the uptake.
Doesn't bear thinking about that the director could be as horrible a person as he has subsequently been described.
Meanwhile, tradedriver, I've never heard of such a suggestion as that.

dsl SX

2016-06-28 04:02

LML/944 was shown at Techno Classica 2009, painted black - https://barchetta.mediacenter.pro/?i=1494893&rd=1964537&fd=1973316

McAfee CA

2018-11-02 10:42

[Image: thebirds1963bluraydts-hdma20avcremux-framestormkv_001605469.jpg]

mgisbert ES

2020-04-15 17:15

In the middle of 1954 the engine was enlarged to 3-litres, by increasing the bore size from 78 to 83mm. This boosted the power to 140bhp at 5.000 rpm., enough to put the performance back to DB2 levels. The 2/4 ·Drophead Coupé)·is recognizable from its predecessor by the full-widthscreen . Full instrumentation remained an Aston feature.

jettalover US

2020-04-16 05:25

So was it totaled or is it still alive? Did they throw the Corvette engine away and put an A.M. engine back in?

-- Last edit: 2020-04-16 05:25:53

mgisbert ES

2020-04-16 15:31

Only built 102 - Rare in the movie LHD. LHD American version , only one ?

-- Last edit: 2020-04-16 15:35:47

mgisbert ES

2020-04-16 15:41

[Image: astonmartindb24dropheadcoup.jpg] Dashboard Aston Martin DB 2 · 4 Drophead Coupé 1954 RHD

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