Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Coupe
One of 411 DB2 coupés built factory chassis records indicate non-standard equipment as: “Purolator oil filter. M/C choke and ignition. Vent frames-windshields.” Further factory notes include details of extensive servicing work during 1953, including fitting later-type pistons and valve guides, modifying the brakes with Alfin drums, improving engine performance, modifying the head, bellhousing and clutch “to 3 litre type” and sundry other improvements. The car’s entry in the AMOC Register (Vol. 2, page 98) records its engine as ‘VB6B/50/1108,’ a 2.6-litre Vantage unit, while that fitted is believed to be a 3.0-litre unit. We do not know if or when this modification was carried out, or by whom, but judging by the first owner’s servicing habits, he was either competing with the car or at least a very demanding driver, so it is possible he may be responsible for the more powerful engine. Either way, the second owner is recorded, still on the factory records, as a Monsieur Gauthier.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
Three-litre DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs, trailing links and anti-roll bar, live axle rear with coil springs, radius rods and Panhard bar, and Girling four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,515 mm.
Source: RM Auctions
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