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Lot 201: Aston Martin DB2 Sports Saloon Project

Aston Martin and Lagonda Motor Cars, Bonhams (19 May 2012)

The DB2 is a very fast sportscar of immense stamina, as a long list of racing successes has proved. (The) model is remarkable for its comfort and luxury, and is also about the easiest thing there is to drive, outside of the "automatic transmission" carriages. Whether one would go shopping, to the theatre, on a long-distance tour, or even race at Le Mans, one could have no more perfect companion than the Aston Martin.' - John Bolster, Autosport. Aston Martin owner David Brown's 1947 acquisition of Lagonda made the latter's W O Bentley-designed, twin-overhead-camshaft, 2.6-litre six available for a new sports car. Introduced in May 1950, the DB2 owed much to the Claude Hill-designed DB1, using a shortened and modified version of the latter's chassis and identical suspension. Italian-inspired, the timelessly elegant GT bodywork was the creation of Frank Feeley, and with more power (105bhp at 5,000rpm) and less weight, the sleek DB2 comfortably out-performed its predecessor. This Aston Martin DB2 was first registered in London to a Miss H Wilson on 23rd October 1952. Around 1955 the current vendor's then employer, Mr J A Wilcox, bought the Aston, which in 1959 was in collision with a telegraph pole. The original chassis was repaired at the factory and the vendor and his son-in-law rebuilt the DB2 with a new bonnet, radiator, DB2/4 bumpers, etc, re-spraying it in Ivory. A 3.3-litre Vauxhall Cresta engine and gearbox were fitted circa 1969, the original engine ('LB6B/50/618') having been destroyed, and this non-standard combination is still in the car today. A 2.6-litre Lagonda engine ('LB6/49/32') and gearbox of correct type are included in the sale. The DB2 was in 'barn find' condition when the current vendor purchased it in March 1983 intending to restore it once again, though the project was never started. The car was last used in 2002 on a rally to Balmoral Castle and only the vendors advancing years are forcing this reluctant sale. Sold with old-style logbook, the car is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed. A most rewarding project for the dedicated Aston Martin enthusiast.

Lot Details
Auction Aston Martin and Lagonda Motor Cars
Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, Aston Martin Works Service
Lot Number201
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£32000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£36800
Condition rating
Registration numberAAS 524
Chassis numberLML/50/210
Engine numberLB6/49/32
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2