THE WASHBOARD REGISTER
ASTON MARTIN DB2
PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE
Built at the same time than the first three Team cars for David Brown
personal use. Later, he drove LML/50/10, the DHC prototype and DB3/2, a
DB3 specially built for road use... After all, he owned the company !
At first, those four cars were known at Works as "Le Mans Fixed Head
Coupes". A later record calls them "DB Mark II" and a log book issued
in 1961, "Saloon".
Body number 48005.
Engine was LB6/49/27R. LB6/49/29 fitted in 1950.
Very rare LB6 engine (on an Aston Martin of course, not on a Lagonda...)
Below left, a July 1949 ad and at right, a photo from when
it was David
(Source AM Magazine v21 n88)
Then the car was resprayed dark green and sold to Lance Macklin
who raced it with factory support.
The car was marron with beige
interior when owned by
In March 1950, it went back to Service Department and Jack Sopp
replaced the steering column gear change by a floor change. It was then
that LB6/49/29 engine was fitted along with some other mods.
LML/49/4 (UMC 272) in green next
to LML/50/7 (VMF 63)
1950 : Fitted with three Weber 35 DCO carbs (a first for a British
Motor 100 meeting, Silverstone, 1985
Thanks Alex for this photo!
Cup, Monza (Macklin), 2nd.
Sicily (Macklin), crashed.
Described in Motor, February 1.
At the Targa Florio (source: RAC2)
1952 : Silverstone St John Horsfall meeting.
Tried by Laurence Pomeroy in Motor
1954 : Notts S.C.C. Ossington (J. Dalton), 1st overall.
1955 : Shenstone and Buxton rally (J. Dalton),
1st in Class.
Superb period photo sent by Dom
1960s Many attempts to improve ventilation.
remember that LML/49/3, also equiped with a 6 cylinder was nicknamed
" The Sweatbox ".
1965 - 1970 First rebuilt with body in Roman Purple.
Here are some 1965/1970 photos kindly sent by current owner
of the car:
1977 - 1987 Second rebuilt.
Three shots taken during the
rebuilt (source: VOL1)
3 May 1989 : Sold at auction by Christie's at Monaco.
Thanks to Dom, here are the
photos and text from the catalogue:
Here is the history of this car as published in Summer 1989 AM Magazine:
1991 : Further restoration by AML Service Dept.
1993 : Featured in Automobile
The car now:
Those photos come from an article published in November 1993 in French
magazine Auto Rétro
Here is the full article:
Two more photos from friend José:
UMC 272 was recently tested. Spotted by both Aston67 of a French
forum and José.
of in PDF:
Current owner kindly sent me the following photos, taken at Stokepark:
I'd like to focus on a detail that is especially neat: the way the
bonnet handles are "hidden" in the side strips.
Curent owner also managed to find a
tachs set in Ireland:
d'Este 2010 photo cover. Many, many thanks to owner Daniel from Legendary Astons for those
Aston Martin Scrapbook