1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394

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Lot 205
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé

Sold for £ 180,700 (US$ 218,106) inc. premium
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé
Registration no. NLO 946
Chassis no. LML/50/394
*One of 98 DB2 dropheads made
*Present ownership for 30-plus years
*An older restoration
*Well documented

Footnotes

  • Aston Martin owner David Brown's 1947 acquisition of Lagonda made the latter's W O Bentley-designed, twin-overhead-camshaft, 2.6-litre six available for a new sports car. Announced in April 1950, with production commencing the following month, the DB2 owed much to the Claude Hill-designed DB1, using a shortened and modified version of the latter's chassis, and identical suspension. Italian-inspired, the timelessly elegant GT bodywork was the creation of Frank Feeley, and with more power (105bhp at 5,000rpm) and less weight, the sleek DB2 comfortably out-performed its predecessor. Writing in 1952, Autosport's John Bolster enthused: 'The DB2 is a very fast sports car of immense stamina, as a long list of racing successes has proved. (The) model is remarkable for its comfort and luxury, and is also about the easiest thing there is to drive, outside of the "automatic transmission" carriages.' Bolster enjoyed the DB2's outstanding performance, particularly that of the 120mph Vantage version, and remarked on the car's inherent safety and versatility: 'Whether one would go shopping, to the theatre, on a long-distance tour, or even race at Le Mans, one could have no more perfect companion than the Aston Martin.'

    The body of the DB2 afforded its two occupants a generous amount of interior space and the considerable convenience, from the maintenance and accessibility point of view, of a forward-hinging entire front section. DB2 bodies were coachbuilt in the traditional manner, a situation that resulted in numerous differences between individual examples, most obviously in the treatment of the front grille. A drophead coupé version was announced towards the end of 1950. When production ceased in April 1953, a total of 411 DB2s had been made, 98 of them drophead coupés.

    This rare DB2 drophead coupé still retains it's original registration number, 'NLO 946', and was delivered to the Aston Martin agent, Brooklands in April 1953. The first owner was Lt G Gossage, RN. The accompanying copy of the factory order form records the original colour scheme as Moonbeam Grey with red interior trim, grey hood and matching cover. Various works and modifications are recorded under 'Service Work', the last entry being dated December 1959 when the DB2 was back at the Newport Pagnell factory for the installation of a replacement 2.6-litre engine ('VB6E/50/280'), which it retains today. The mileage at that time is stated as 33,751.

    'NLO 946' subsequently changed hands several times (details on file) up to 1985 when the current owner's husband purchased it as a gift for his wife. The AMOC Register records the following: 1961 AMOC Silverstone (Bartram) 3rd Class Award; Arthur Bryant Trophy (Edwards) 6th. In the early 1980s 'NLO 946' was owned by well-known Aston Martin expert, David Reed (co-founder of marque specialists, Davron); it was restored, painted silver, and the engine rebuilt. Reed regularly campaigned the DB2 in Aston Martin events during this time, and further details may be found in the AMOC Register.

    The Aston has been in the current vendor's hands since 1985 and is presented in good condition, with some scope for minor improvement. The bodywork was repainted in 2010, and new carpets and a new hood were professionally fitted at the same time. The car performed very well on a recent short test drive, its engine starting 'on the button' and responding eagerly to the throttle.'NLO 946' has been regularly used (on high days and holidays) and well maintained during its 30-plus years in the current ownership. Trips undertaken include several visits to Northern France, where it always attracts a crowd of admirers.

    Accompanying documentation consists of the aforementioned copy build sheet; an old-style logbook; details of current MoT (exempt); numerous old tax discs and MoT certificates; and a press cutting showing a photograph of the car at a race meeting in the 1980s.
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1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. LML/50/394
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