THE WASHBOARD REGISTER
ASTON MARTIN DB2
PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE
Sold new in H.R.H. Sweden to Prince Bertil.
Many of the information here come from Don Rose's site.
Here are the facts in PDF files, should the website link become dead:
History of the car (click below, PDF
Prince Bertil and cars, a biography (click below, PDF file):
It's funny to read how some American amateurs have polished some parts
of the car...
Engine number: LB6V/50/221
given in 1959 AMOC register.
But when you look at the chassis plate below, you see LB6B/50/221,
which is a standard engine.
Here is a copy of an invoice for LML/50/26, dated 10.11.50:
Let's only look at numbers:
So it's LB6V/50/221 ?
It's very interesting to see what Prince Bertil said in 1978 (quoted by
Rose from a book, the reference of which is given after):
"My first Aston was a 1950 DB2
Drophead Coupe. It was light blue and had an aluminium body. It also
a column shift, which I didn’t care much for. I had a floor-mounted gear lever put in at
the same time the factory in Feltham exchanged my standard engine for
one of the Vantage engines. I never took the car to Sweden, it
was kept in England or France. I wish now that I had never sold it, and
I wonder what became of it?”
Excerpted from EUROPEAN SPORTSCARS OF THE FIFTIES by Henry Rasmussen,
Picturama Publishing, 1978.
Gearbox quoted is DBRC/50/46. "DBRC" stands for close ratio colum
So, it appears that the car was updated,
engine and speed change but kept its
gearbox number but not the engine prefix !
So, it was built with a standard engine and converted to Vantage specs
later. Date of the conversion is not known.
April 2010 update: gearbox conversion
dates from 14 September 1951.
Oh! By the way, have you noticed the type? It's a " DB MkII " and not
yet a DB2... This was to be the case up to chassis LML/50/161
Let's also look at the body:
Body number is 78003, so third DHC body after LML/50/10 (prototype) and
Colour is Jubilee Blue and inside colour has changed from original
Here is a 1951 photo of the car. It's the only period one I have...
Seen at Le Mans HQ in 1951:
the Domaine de Beauchamps.
the left you have the race cars: LML/50/8 (VMF 64), LML/50/50 (XMC 76)
and LML/50/55 (XMC 77).
At the centre, you can see
LML/50/26 with one other DB2 behind:
You can see special disc wheels. Also it seems that the
original colour was of a lighter blue (much
lighter than the top).
Also of notice, original bumpers are still here.
August 2009 update: new photo of the same place.
(Source: French magazine Auto
Passion n°24 - June 1989)
Most beautiful photos come from Bengt Mörner and Magnus
To be noted: a little crease between wheel and headlamp.
This car really just
ALL OF THE SPECIAL DETAILS HAVE SINCE CHANGED.
What is not clear is when the other
- sleek body without both front and rear bumpers
- one piece front grille (late DB2 style). She's not the only one to bear washboards
and late style one-piece grille as LML/50/32 also does.
Here is a photo of the car before it received white walls and current
front "T bars" bumpers:
Photos to be found on Motorsnippets.
They have a HUGE database of auction cars with HUGE photos.
Other on Tim Cottinghnam's ever
So, this is an historical early DB2 but still with some questions about
when updates have been made.
Also it has "benefited" of a somewhat over-restoration by American
amateurs (read car history). Some cynics would say the "Pebble Bleach"
This car was reported as for sale for $500,000 after the Bonhams sale.
Maybe, the car now deserves a restoration to original condition.
Or maybe one should left her as is with a kind of "custom look", a kind
of Bonneville lakester which really set it apart!
I must confess that, given the choice, I don't know what I'd do...
May 2010 : the owner has chosen ! He is bringing the car back to
original specs !
He kindly sent me some words ...
I did very much research last years
over the car. I spoke to
people in UK from the AMOC and people from Connolly and the goal is to finish almost 100% in a original
car. Even a man who has seen the car in the fifties!
The people from Connolly,who works
there in the early years has made the leather for me as original!
The color is also 100% ok. You can
see it in the last pic when I stripped the car.
I put some pic's for you as a
The wasboard grill is almost finished.
... and the four following photos :
Seen at "Salon Privé" 2014 :
Aston Martin Scrapbook