THE WASHBOARD REGISTER
ASTON MARTIN DB2
PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE
LB6/49/80 in AMOC Registers from 1956 up to 1967.
Not listed in 1971.
LB6/50/50 from 1988 on.
Even if LML/50/6 is a special Show Car prepared for the official launch
of the DB2, it had already all the features of the production cars.
Thus it can be considered as the first production DB2.
Nevertheless, I don't know if it featured the air scoop on the bonnet
as this was not put on LML/50/5, LML/50/7, LML/50/8,
LML/50/9 and LML/50/10 when they were built.
This was a later retro fittment.
Painted scarlett, it was shipped ou to New York on 20 March 1950 for
the New York Motor Show of April 15th - 23rd.
Price tag was $5,000. That was a sum when compared to other cars...
In Thoroughbred & Classic Cars,
August 1993, the show is described as the
British Automobile and Motorcycle Show.
The whereabouts of this car are not very well known.
Story goes that "a kid in St Louis" bought it in 1969 and sold it when
he got divorce somewhere in 1974.
The next owner kept the car in Missouri for 17 years
using it !
In 1991, the car was found by its current owner (who is also the
happy curator of LML/50/22 !) who told: "... it has been sitting in a
nice dry barn out of the elements. The colour is now white with black
vinyl interior. It still has right-hand drive but none of the original
gauges or wood dashboard remain."
I must confess I am quite puzzled by the fact that the car still has
RHD as I read in AM
Magazine (vol 26 n°112) it had been built with
LHD for the American market.
Remember the dashboard layout permitted easily to put the steering
column (and wheel !) one side or the other with few alterations.
Furthermore, I remember the delivery note of LML/50/344 (The King
Hussein's DB2) which reads: 'Left Hand Drive, U.S.A. Special'.
single early production car in the LML/50/tens are RHD even when sold
Recently, fellow Astonhill
found me a photo on the Lagonda Website
(a top site by the way...) in this
page. I had not yet all read...
There are also some fantastic photos of Lagonda prototypes and
Aston Martin Lagonda works van on this page!
But still impossible to know:
- whether there is an
aircoop on the bonnet or not
- which side is the
steering wheel !
Aston Martin Scrapbook