1952 Aston Martin DB2 CoupeSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $40,000 - $60,000

OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

$56,100 Sold

Specifications:
Est. 162bhp, 2,922 cc, double overhead cam six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axle with coil springs, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 99"

David Brown was very keen on motor racing and so the first DB2s were actually Factory Works cars which ran quickly and reliably in a variety of races, finishing for instance, 5th and 6th overall and 1st and 2nd in class at the 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans and improving this placing in 1951 by scoring 3rd, 5th and 7th overall as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the three liter class. These results are especially impressive when one considers that the David Brown entries were essentially showroom standard production cars in competition with purpose built racing cars!

A quick look at the mechanical specifications of the DB2 is therefore in order. The engine, a 2.6-liter DOHC inline six-cylinder with hemispherical combustion chambers, had originally been conceived for Lagonda by Willie Watson under the supervision of Lagonda ’ s Chief Engineer W.O. Bentley. Depending upon carburetion, compression ratio and cam configuration, this produced in the range of 120 to 150 brake horsepower. David Brown ’ s Gear Division built the four-speed transmission, which transferred the power through a nine-inch Borg & Beck clutch to a Salisbury rear axle.

The chassis, a very early space-frame configuration, supported a modern independent front coil spring suspension with trailing arms, a transverse torsion bar and Armstrong shock absorbers. The live rear axle was also coil-sprung and located by parallel trailing arms and a transverse Panhard Rod. (All very advanced, considering that Jaguar, Ferrari and many other marques made-do with “ buggy springs ” for nearly two decades following Aston ’ s introduction of four-wheel coil spring suspension in 1949!) Twelve-inch drum brakes with a friction area of 152 square inches provided ample stopping and a 20-gallon fuel tank ensured an adequate continental touring range.

The DB2, with its handsome and handcrafted alloy coachwork, excellent speed and handling, plus an interior that was leather and wool trimmed and offered abundant luggage space, made the Aston Martin DB2 a popular choice for two-up European Grand Touring. Over 400 were sold, likely a most satisfying result for the first model of the David Brown regime.

According to the factory build sheet, the 1952 Aston Martin DB2 Coupe pictured here, Chassis number LML 50- 193, was delivered to its first owner, Agustin LeGretta, via the Mexican dealer Autos Europeos on November 11, 1952. Interim owners until the late 1970s are not known, but at some point the car came to the USA and was fitted with a bonnet section from a later DB 2/4 Aston. An earlier owner entered the DB2 in the Historic Carrerra Panamericana before selling it to the current owner in 1988. The latter discovered that it had a damaged engine and commissioned Aston experts Steel Wings of Pennsylvania to build-up a DB2/4 style 3-liter engine, which is still with the car.

As a result, the present owner has enjoyed trouble-free runs in the Colorado Grand, three New England 1000 Tours as well as the Copperstate 1000. After a period of inactivity, DB2 LML50-193 has recently been subjected to a full mechanical inspection and service, including suspension rectifications and a brake job since, in the current owner ’ s words, “ I want the next caretaker of our DB2 to be able to complete a Historic Rally of the type that my wife and I used to so enjoy with this car ” .

Reference Number 7254

as of 2/18/2007

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Car 1952 Aston Martin DB2 Coupe
VIN LML50-193 
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