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1952 Aston Martin DB2

Sold For $162,400

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - MONTEREY 15 - 17 AUGUST 2019


Chassis No.
Engine No.
LML/50/102
VB6B/50/553
  • Upgraded in period to Vantage specification
  • Retains its original engine, presented in its original colors
  • Accompanied by extensive history file
  • Includes British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate

Introduced in 1950, the DB2 is the seminal Aston Martin model from the famed David Brown era, as well as the most aspirational. Renowned for its superb handling and impeccable quality, the DB2 continues to be highly prized for its purity of design, landmark “first model” standing, and sheer rarity, as just 411 were produced. The year after its introduction, Aston Martin began offering a Vantage-specification engine that featured larger SU carburetors and a higher compression ratio, allowing it to produce a total of 125 horsepower.

Documentation shows chassis number LML/50/102 was originally delivered via Denver Imported Motors in Colorado, though the first owner was not recorded. Both the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate and factory service card show the DB2 was delivered in Post Office Red over a red-piped black interior and that the car was uprated to Vantage specification prior to delivery. The second owner is noted on the service card as G.S. Toll, Esq. of Norwalk, California.

Eventually, the DB2 would make its way from the San Francisco Bay area across the Pacific to Malaysia. It is presumed that once in Malaysia, it was converted to right-hand drive to suit that country’s traffic laws. In the early 2000s, LML/50/102 was acquired by a gentleman living in Kuala Lumpur, who subsequently treated the car to a comprehensive mechanical restoration which focused on a full engine rebuild. Following its return to the U.S., it joined an East Coast collection, where it was extensively sorted and serviced to make it enormously entertaining to drive.

Today this wonderful Aston DB2 presents in fine condition with tidy and attractive cosmetics that are consistent with its highly usable and event-ready nature. The Post Office Red paintwork has taken on a very slight patina since its restoration yet remains quite attractive overall. Panel fit is exemplary, and the aluminum-alloy factory coachwork is straight. The brightwork consists primarily of careworn but sound original pieces, with the exception of the bumpers, which were recently refreshed. Wire wheels are painted silver/grey and feature original and correct Aston-branded knock-offs.

The cockpit is trimmed as original in black leather with red piping. It presents with a wonderfully inviting character that comes from enjoyed use, with supple leather and fine-quality carpets and trim. The dash has been restored to a high standard and is covered in red leather to complement the window trim and seat piping. The wood instrument fascia has been beautifully refinished and houses a complete array of original switch gear and dials. The original Bluemels steering wheel was retained, full of character and corded for extra grip during spirited driving.

Since the original matching-numbers 2.6-liter inline six was rebuilt in 2005, it has seen limited use and continues to run well today. A binder of receipts documents the work performed, with the majority of the parts sourced via the classic car experts at Aston Service Dorset. Since returning to the U.S. and while in the hands of the most recent owner, the suspension, brakes, rear axle, wiring looms, and numerous other details were overhauled in 2016–2017.

Presented in original colors and with its original engine, this well-maintained DB2 is eligible and ideally suited for numerous events worldwide, including the Mille Miglia, Le Mans Classic, and Tour Auto. Likewise, it would be a fine choice for home-bound rallies such as the Colorado Grand and Copperstate 1000.

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