THE WASHBOARD DB2s REGISTER
i.e. THE EARLIEST DB2s
I have always been fond of the Aston Martin DB2 and when I
discovered the first ones, I remembered being impressed. You can
recognise them by their three pieces grille and their side outlets.
Those peculiarities were dropped with chassis LML/50/52.
To state Frank FEELEY, responsible of the DB2 design in AM Magazine
summer 1984 (vol.21 number 88):
Anyway, eventually we tidied up the
DB2 and got it into production by which time quite a few changes had
been made. For example we had these outlet grilles on each sides of the
bonnet behind the front wheels. But Lawrence POMMEROY of “The Motor”
said to David BROWN that they were awful and looked like washboards. He had a lot of
influence with him and persuaded David BROWN to do away with them. So
we had to drop them but I personally always thought they looked rather
nice, and I was rather upset when they were done away with.
Another change we made later was to
the grille which started off as a three-piece design. This change came
about through James WATT who said can’t we save some cost by making it
one piece. So I redesigned it to the shape which has become almost a
trade mark. The grille itself was made of horizontal slots on a very
light frame which was just pushed up behind the panelwork to fill the
big “window”. I don’t really think it was an improvement but we had to
save costs somewhere. I preferred the first design actually.
Laurence Pomeroy behind LML/49/4
(Please note at the back a very rare French "Citroën Traction
familiale" with symmetric doors only produced from 1934 to 1936...)
Thus The Washboard
DB2s Register will try to gather
information about those earliest DB2s... at least present them all.
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