Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Drophead Coupe

The Aston Martin DB2 was announced in April 1950, and it was certainly one of the most significant models ever built by the storied marque. It marked a tremendous leap forward, starting with its 2.6-litre, W.O. Bentley-designed Lagonda DOHC six-cylinder engine. Coupled with an elegant factory-built saloon or dashing drophead coupé bodywork, it was clear that Aston Martin had its sights set on export success.

Managed by John Wyer, a three-car DB2 team contested Le Mans in 1950, where they finished fifth and sixth overall and first and second in class. No time was wasted in capitalising on the marketing value of this triumph, which included a three-litre lap record and a class distance record. “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” rang true yet again.

The factory Le Mans cars, registered VMF 63, VMF 64 and VMF 65, were then lent to journalists prior to the London Motor Show. Their performance was heightened by the as-yet-unreleased 125-hp Vantage engine, which offered some 20 hp over the stock specification. A sleek aerodynamic coupé that could accelerate from rest to 60 mph in just 10.7 seconds, with a top speed approaching 120 mph, was bound to draw attention. Subsequent road tests produced varying figures but were especially notable for the length of time the cars were kept. Take The Autocar, for instance, which drove its DB2 for 1,900 miles in 10 days and declared it to be “in the first rank for handling and sheer brilliance of performance.”

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, in October of 2010 at the Battersea Evolution, London and in June of 2011 at the Syon House, London.

125 hp, 2,580 cc Vantage DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, twin SU carburettors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs, trailing links and anti-roll bar, live rear axle with coil springs, radius rods and Panhard bar, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 99.25".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Pieter E. Kamp

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