THE WASHBOARD REGISTER
ASTON MARTIN DB2
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Engine number: LB6B/50/135
Engine uprated to Vantage specs in 1952.
Sold new in the USA by Max Hoffman to Cameron Peck, SCCA
Delivered 12 December 1950.
Moonbeam Grey. Rust interior.
Delivered new with centre gear change.
Registrations: 526-686 (USA, 1959), 1330 B (Maryland, USA), 3600 VQ 27
(France), FN L1H (Germany), M Q2250 H (Germany), ??? (UK).
Bought in Toronto by her French current owner who kindly gave me those
The following photo comes from fellow Alex. This is surely the same car:
Registration reads BC- 621 CT....
The car has been restored and is now in first class condition. She took
part in many rallyes including the 1999 Tour Auto.
It has been tested by José Rosinski in the French magazine
Auto Rétro #274 (March 2004).
Here it is:
Mr. Rosinski found the car a little underpowered compared with a Jaguar
XK. Of course, XK is 3.4 litre vs Aston's 2.6 litre.
Nevertheless, the close ratio box and road handling were judged far
superior to those of the Jaguar.
Thus José Rosinski found the DB2 more agile, sportier than the
He added that later the DB4 was to provide more grunt but lost a bit of
That reminds me of a book where some 50s and 60s sportscars were
tested (Les Folles Européennes,
French text). A 2.6 litre DB2/4 was tried and a little lack of torque
also stated but the car was found very lively whereas a DB5 was of
course much more torquey but more a car for highways. One much remember
the DB4 was developed on the M1, the first British Motorway. On the
contrary, the DB2 was more seen on the small roads.
I also recently re-read an article about a DB MKIII powered by a DBB,
so almost the highest specs excluding the unique (?) DBC. Torque was
considered as less than that of the Jaguar XK 150 but the DBB engine
went through the revs very easily... and with glorious noise !
To end with LML/50/17, her French owner and I were once evoking DB2s
engines and considering this was the ultimate specs !
May 2011 news:
Photos seen by JLB on Wren Classic gallery.
They used to work on LML/50/17 engine-wise.
Also, spotted by Marc, are
those photos on Mille Miglia
The photo on the right was taken at Tour de France in 1999.
LML/50/17 will be running 2011 Mille Miglia under number 256 with new
German owner. Indeed it has been sold recently.
Seen on Houtkamp website with
many photos. Here are three of them :
Here is a PDF
of the text.
Aston Martin Scrapbook