Aston Martin DB2 Vantage
This superb DB2 was sold new to William “Bill” Spear, wealthy amateur American racer and a close friend of Briggs Cunningham, the famed American gentleman racer and sports car builder. In fact, the two of them each ordered a new DB2 in November 1950, two years before they would race a Cunningham C-4R at Le Mans and finish fourth overall.
LML/50/19 is the 19th car built, an original right-hand drive example and one of the very rare cars with the early three-piece front grille and side vents. It was supplied to Spear through New York agent Hoffman Motor Car Co. and delivered to him on 8th December 1950. Factory build sheet records confirm that it was red with rust-coloured trim and with the engine (no. LB6V/50/240) fitted with racing valves, distributor, three spare wheels and tyres, two spare carburettors and the latest type brake shoes. It is, according to the AMOC, the first Vantage-engined Aston Martin in the world. The Vantage specification engine referred to larger SU carburettors as well as a higher compression ratio engine giving 125 bhp at 5,000 rpm.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
Twin overhead camshaft 2,580 cc inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed centre-change DB gearbox, independent front suspension with trailing link, coil springs and Armstrong lever dampers, live Salisbury rear axle with coil springs, front and rear hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,515 mm (99")
Source: RM Auctions
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