1952 Aston Martin DB2 3.0-Litre Saloon Registration no. KJW 456 Chassis no. LML/50/208 Engine no. VB6J/126
This right-hand drive Aston Martin DB2 saloon was delivered new via agent C Williams to first owner Walkins & Mitchell of The Green, Dariston on 19th September 1952 and registered KJW 456. On 27th January 1953 the original engine LB6B/50/621 was up-rated to Vantage specification at the factory. The car was subsequently sold to H G Heyworth of Cambridge and then to G M Clegg of Victoria Bar & Rats Cellar, Aberdeen. Mr Clegg sold it in 1958 to Gerald Marks, who kept the car until 1988. While in Mr Marks ownership KJW 456 was entered in numerous concours events between 1959 and 1965, including Banbury, Patishall and Fort Belvedere, its achievements being listed in the AMOC Register (Vol. 2, page 95). The various award plaques are still in place on the dashboard. The Borrani wheels were fitted prior to Mr. Marks ownership. In 1988 the car was acquired by John Nichols, a serious collector and Aston Martin enthusiast who used it on a regular basis and later commenced a complete body-off restoration, which was finished by the current owner who acquired KJW 456 in 2000. Numerous accompanying invoices indicate that this was very much a no expense spared project, the chassis being professionally prepared and power coated before re-assembly, and the body totally refurbished by Bodylines, specialists in these models. The interior including the new carpets has been completed by Roger Macouat, a DB2 expert. New items fitted include the wiring harness, Avon Turbospeed radial tyres and stainless-steel exhaust system. Borrani wire wheels are the only listed deviation from factory specification. The vendor advises us that it was not felt necessary to rebuild the very healthy sounding engine, which is a 3.0-litre unit, VB6J/126, fitted during Mr Marks ownership. The restoration of the car has recently been completed and it is finished in Blue Haze with black interior. It is offered with restoration invoices, current road fund licence/MoT and Swansea V5 document. Aston Service Dorsets (copy) works guarantee form recording first and subsequent owners and details of the cars early service history is included in the sale.