The history of the Aston Martin DB2 is quite interesting. David Brown Aston, who’d made his fortune in transmissions and farm tractors, acquired the financially ailing Aston Martin and Lagonda motor companies in 1947. What he inherited during these acquisitions were an excellent 2.6L twin-cam six-cylinder engine from Lagonda and a new Aston Martin chassis. Brown would have the Aston DB1 chassis modified to accept the Lagonda engine and transmission, and the Aston Martin DB2 was born. Prototypes would be built in 1949, and were given smooth fastback Coupe bodies. They would enter that year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. When it went on sale to the public as a 1950 Aston Martin DB2, it was less spartan. Outfitted with proper bumpers and more complete equipment, Aston Martin could not make the cars fast enough. The engine produced 105hp in standard form, but a 125hp Vantage edition was offered later at an additional cost. Little more than 400 of these highly desired classics were ever made.
Owners and Aston martin enthusiasts agree that the Aston Martin DB2 had a superb chassis, excellent performance, and a great amount of character. Additionally, throughout its four-year run, it would become progressively more civilized as racing-oriented features were abandoned for better quality trim and improved comfort. If you’re thinking about buying a 1950 Aston Martin DB2, you can typically identify one of these early models by its simple three-piece grille. Don’t rely on the shape of the grille alone, however. With these rare and sought-after classics, it is imperative to ensure you are indeed looking at an original. This can be achieved by matching engine and chassis numbers to Aston Martin records, or by asking the seller for any documentation regarding the car’s history. Many of these early 1950 Aston Martin DB2 classics have great racing histories, and learning more about their life can give you great insight. For more Buyer’s Tips for the 1950 Aston Martin DB2 classic whether the Coupe or Fixed-Head Coupe connect with the team at The Beverly Hills Car Club today.
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