THE WASHBOARD REGISTER
ASTON MARTIN DB2
LML/50/5 (VMG 606)
PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE
Engine number: LB6/49/79. LB6A/50/211
fitted in late 1950.
Body number 68001 (first "true" DB2).
Blue with grey interior.
Like all DB2 before LML/50/11 (i.e. from LML/50/5 up to
as the previous one LMA/49/1 to LML/49/4 are DB Mark IIs), this car was
built without airscoop on the bonnet (except maybe LML/50/6).
LML/50/5 was called " Experimental Prototype DB MkII " at the works.
It was built for the development of the LB6 engine (that had started on
LML/49/3) and much more for trying bodywork ideas as this is the "
first real DB2 " after the four previous " DB MkII ".
Once more, it is important to say that the name was not yet definitive:
" Experimental Prototype DB MkII " and not yet " DB2 ". This
will come later and then only the " 2 litre Sports " will be called "
DB1 " retrospectively.
It has been said that LML/50/5 was originally fitted with 2L
push rod engine, then used as test car for
new 2.6L engine.
I find this much unlikely, to say the least. And for two reasons:
- firstly, the chassis number. Indeed LML/50/5 means
that the chassis was built receiving a 6 cylinder LB6 engine. With a 2
litre 4- cylinder engine, it should have been LMA/50/5. And
in the works register it doesn't seem to have been so.
- secondly, it would not be logical. Indeed David Brown knew that the 4
cylinder was not enough and that the 6 cylinder was needed (he bought
the Lagonda factory for that). The 6-cylinder had already been tried on
LML/49/3 (and also on LML/49/4 for GT use).
Maybe, to be absolutely sure, we should check the chassis and look for
different engine bolts...
Here are four photos of LML/50/5 in May 1950 at its public
launch in front of the old airport hotel at Hanworth Air Park, Feltham.
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