'XMC 76' - The Ex-Works Lightweight Le Mans, Mille Miglia
1951-53 Aston Martin DB2 Grand Touring Competition Coupe
Registration no. XMC76
Chassis no. LML/50/50
Engine no. LB6V/50/344
This illustrious works team DB2 is offered here fresh from years in one of the worlds outstanding private collections of Aston Martin cars in which it has been lovingly preserved, maintained and used throughout. It was acquired by the present family to share a garage with, among other car, two other Works DB2s VMF 63 and VMF 65. The stable since appearing in all manner of premium-level prestige Historic racing events including the Goodwood Revival Meeting itself.
As offered here Aston Martin DB2 XMC 76 has been newly prepared through 2004-2005 by the celebrated marque specialist Chris Woodgate of Rex Woodgate fame. Rex Woodgate himself having been a works team member, mechanic, engineer and occasional driver during the 1950s and the condition of engine, chassis, bodywork and paintwork is described, in every case, as being fresh.
The car was built new at Aston Martins Feltham factory in Middlesex, England, as a specially-developed works competition car. Identified externally by what would become its famous registration XMC 76, its woks team race record developed as follows:
1951 BRDC International Trophy meeting, Silverstone driven by Reg Parnell, XMC 76 finished 1st in class and 6th overall, averaging 81.42mph.
1951 Le Mans 24-Hours Grand Prix dEndurance driven by Reg Parnell/David Hampshire, XMC 76 finished 3rd in class and 7th overall, averaging 88.1mph for the entire day-long grind.
1951 RAC Tourist Trophy race, Dundrod, Ulster driven by Brian Shawe-Taylor) 2nd in class and 7th overall again, averaging 79.15mph on the desperately challenging, high-cambered country roads of the long temporary circuit.
1951 Shelsley Walsh hill-climb, Worcestershire driven by Reg Parnell in deference to this events long-standing historic stature within the British motor sporting publics psyche 5th fastest time in class.