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Offered by Aston Martin from May 1950 through April 1953, the Aston Martin DB2 sports car was considered a major advancement over the model it replaced. Offering a straight-six in place of the previously used straight-four, the DB2 boasted a 2.6L engine that made it quite successful in racing. The prototype for the DB2 had appeared as one of three Aston Martins at the 1949 24 Hours of Le Mans; it was based on Claude Hill’s tube-frame chassis, which had been created for the DB1. It was presented as a closed Coupe body, designed by Frank Feeley. The production model, on the other hand, would arrive at the New York Auto Show in April 1950. Quite rare in today’s classic car market, only 411 examples of the Aston Martin DB2 were produced through 1953. The earliest cars (the first 49 to be exact) used a square three-part grille with large rectangular side vents. Later models feature the more familiar rounded Aston martin grille with horizontal slats. Many of the classic Aston Martin DB2 models have a unique racing history, making them even more valuable. Collectors also enjoy the Drophead Coupe examples, which were introduced in 1950. Little more than 100 examples of this body style would be built.
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During April of 1950, an engine with larger carburetors and higher compression ratio pistons was offered optionally as a Vantage upgrade. Many of the Aston Martin DB2 models would later have 3L engines fitted, and many more have been converted since. If you’re thinking about buying an Aston Martin DB2, this is just one of the many things to consider. Authenticity is another consideration to make. As with all classic cars, you’ll want to ensure that you match the engine and chassis numbers to Aston Martin records; however, you can also ask the sellers for documentation regarding the car’s history. As mentioned, many of these cars have racing history, which can be traced back for decades. If the seller can provide you with this type of information, it can be quite valuable should you ever try to sell the classic Aston Martin DB2 down the road. It should be mentioned that in later years, Aston offered a more potent Vantage version and a DB2/4, which was a longer version with two rear seats and a trunk.
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