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Lot 242: Aston Martin DB2 Sports Saloon

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

The fruits of the company's post-war competition experience are now to be seen in a new model, the DB2, which is a 100mph touring car of really individual design. It is designated a sports saloon but is really a streamlined two-three-seater coupé with space for a considerable amount of luggage.' – The Autocar, 21st April 1950. Its accompanying copy of the factory build sheet states that chassis number 'LML/50/126' was delivered new to J H Vantol Ltd of London EC4 on 10th April 1952 and first registered 'RPH 2'. Its original engine is listed as 'LB6B/50/568' and the exterior colour as Deep Carriage Green. 'RPH 2' was once raced by George Abecassis, co-founder with John Heath of Hersham and Walton Motors, better known as HWM, the world's longest-serving Aston Martin agent having been appointed in 1951. Abecassis was also an Aston Martin works driver and husband of Angela Brown, daughter of Aston Martin Lagonda owner, David Brown. 'RPH 2' is pictured in Fred Hobbs' book 'My Life At HWM' being raced by Abecassis at Snetterton in 1952 (page 121, copy available). The caption states that Hobbs' 'pal Stephen' (presumably its first owner) had lent the car to Abecassis and that it had gone 'extraordinarily well'. Abecassis' performance was remarked upon in Autosport. The only other owner recorded on the build sheet is one J Malloy, Industrial Sales, Deansgate Manchester, this company being the first owner listed in the accompanying old-style buff logbook (issued 1962). Bizarrely, this logbook erroneously records the chassis number as 'LML/50/377', which is that of a left-hand drive DB2 despatched to the USA in April 1953, and records the change of registration from 'RPH 2' to 'GYG 23'. The engine in the car today - 'VB6B/50/377', a 2.6-litre Vantage unit - is that listed in the logbook so must have been installed at some time prior to 1962. Three further owners are recorded, the last of whom, Roy Tillotson of Silsden, West Yorkshire, acquired the Aston in February 1965. We are advised that the car was once owned by a David Brown employee who worked at Park Gear Works in the 1960s and that the vendor understands that the Vantage engine – 'VB6B/50/377' – was installed by the factory in1958. Nothing is known of the car's subsequent history but from 1982 it was campaigned extensively in competition by Bill Monk and has continued to be a familiar sight in the hands of the vendor, who has owned the car since 1998, at numerous competitive events in Britain and abroad. These include: the 1999 Tour de France Auto, 2000 Round the World Rally, 2002 Le Mans Classic, 2003 Mille Miglia, 2004 Le Mans Classic and 2005 races at Mallory Park and BRDC Silverstone where it finished 14th and 9th respectively. Fitted with a 125bhp Vantage specification engine and boasting a well-sorted chassis, the DB2 has always proved competitive as demonstrated on its most recent international outings including those listed above, especially the 2004 Le Mans Classic in which it finished a highly creditable 11th on performance. Finished in blue metallic with black leather interior and fully competition prepared, 'LML/50/126' is described as in generally good condition, its modified engine said to be in excellent order. The car comes with a large history file containing related press cuttings, assorted invoices, race/rally entry forms and results sheets, sundry bills and Swansea V5. A well-known Aston Martin with a fine pedigree, this DB2 would be a welcome entrant in historic events anywhere in the world.

Lot Details
Auction Aston Martin and Lagonda Motor Cars
Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, Aston Martin Works Service
Lot Number242
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating3
Registration number23 GYG
Chassis numberLML/50/126
Engine numberVB6B/50/377
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2