THE WASHBOARD REGISTER
ASTON MARTIN DB2
PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE
Engine number: First one,
(Build Records and 1956 up to 1967 AMOC registers) then LB6B/50/40
Often described as the first DB2 built for direct sale.
Nevertheless it seems David Brown used it a little while waiting for
LML/50/10 to be finished. Indeed LML/50/5 was extensively used for
publicity and was no more available...
Black, grey interior.
Sold new in the USA by Max Hoffman to the racing driver
Delivered October 1950.
Later sold to David Hirsch.
1952: 1st Vero 12-hour race, March 8 (Hirsch)
1st Sebring 12-hour (Hirsch) retired
lap 29, shock absorbers. Was, according to Motor, the " great pre-race
Florida International G.P. (Hirsch)
MG Car Club (Convair
Trophy) (Hirsch) 2nd
At Sebring (Source AM Magazine
Seen on eBay motors, this fantastic
Here is a zoom:
Later fitted with an XK engine.
Thoroughbred & Classic Cars 08/93)
Brought back and restored in England.
Here are more information from the owner of the car:
I have attached a picture of
LML/50/11 the day she left the factory in 1950 and can confirm she was the first production DB2 to leave the
factory as David brown had number 10 put to one side and made into a drop head , he then drove
11 around on trade plates for most of the year testing the new heater / air system ,
hence it never being registered !
David Brown drove down through
France to Cannes where he was approached by George F Schraft who was
staying at the same hotel ,
he liked the car and eventually purchased it , he then drove it around
southern Europe and Africa
and eventually with the help of Hoffmans of New-York shipped it back to
the USA , there the car had
the top sprayed light grey and was placed in Schrafts showroom in Florida , Palm Beach Foreign Motors !
Eventually a racing driver called David Hirsch purchased the car and so began its racing career , I
see from your web site you have the Sebring sports car race picture !
Same photo but much nicer!
Driven by David Hirsch and Bob Gegen retiring on lap 29th with shock
absorber problems , also
finishing 2nd in class Florida international grand prix and 2nd in
class MG car club Convair
race , LML/50/11 also raced at Watkins Glen and other American tracks
throughout 1952 the car then
changed hands many times until Tom B tracked her down in a barn in the states and eventually shipped her back
to his home in England in the late
1980`s . Tom had already restored and had a hand in restoring many
DB2`s and is still regarded
as one of the leading oracles with all things early Aston , and we are
lucky enough to live near him
and be able to call on him whenever we hit a problem ,Toms good friend
of 40 years and fellow racing
driver Harry put us in touch which is how myself and 2 others discovered the car managed to purchase her
from Tom and have set about the long task of complete restoration much of the hard work
had been completed by Tom but we are in the process of starting from scratch as she
has been stood in a barn for 20 years semi restored and needs a lot of work to bring her to the
standard we are aiming for ! But with the help of Tom and Harry our project manager things seem
to be progressing nicely !!
Attached are some pics of
LML/50/11 the day I first saw her the day we picked her up and the
first time her front end was placed
back on in many years !
Nice Aston part, isn't it ?
Aston Martin Scrapbook