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1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupe

  • Chassis Number: LML/50/373
  • Engine Number: VB6B/50/1196
  • Body Number: 78080
The Aston Martin DB2 was introduced in 1950. It was given an all-aluminum body, a highly tuned twin-cam straight six, and a peerless reputation among sports car enthusiasts. Over its production lifespan, just 99 examples were built, of which 76 were specified in left-hand drive for export markets. Of the left-drive chassis, only 19 were given the Aston Martin's race-proven 125 horsepower Vantage engine.

Chassis number LML/50/373
This car was built on July 10th of 1953 and was sold to its first owner, Thomas Powell of Providence, Rhode Island. In August 1954, with 1,458 miles on the odometer, the car was brought in for service to have an oil seal leak rectified and the brakes relined. At the time, twin wing mirrors and Alfin drums were installed.

In late 1954, the car was returned to Wacky Arolt and later sold to Bill Bedford through his friend Preston Gray.

When Aston Martin began offering a 2.9-liter engine in 1955, Mr. Gray obtained a new engine (VB6J/923) and gearbox through Arnolt, and installed them in Mr. Bedford's DB2. The engine that was in the DB2 was completely disassembled and stored in various boxes. At that point, the car was repainted blue, though not in the wide doorsills or inside the engine compartment.

In 1957, Mr. Bedford moved to Colorado and gave the DB2 to his friend, Bob Hodgson. When the engine threw a rod through both sides of the block, he repaired it with fiberglass patches. Later on, he added reinforcing clamps to the front coil fittings, a small 90-degree cast iron plumbing cap near the front axle and, in the early 1960s, he replaced the original rear window with red plastic.

The car was last registered in Connecticut in 1964, and spent the next decade parked in a barn on Hodgson's property. In 1975, the car was sitting in the barn with an elaborate metal grid and studio microphone suspended above it. This system was connected to a sound system in Mr. Hodgon's kitchen, so that he could hear if something was around the car. Around this time, the car was purchased by Paul Carima and took it to his home in Boston. He removed the 2.9-liter engine and gearbox, and put it on a stand with the intention of reassembling the original 2.6-liter engine. The project was put on hold and would sit for the next 37 years.

In January of 2012, the car was purchased by the current owner and had it shipped to his home in California. At the time or purchase, the 2.6-liter rested in 40 different boxes, with each piece carefully wrapped. The 2.9-liter engine - complete with yellowed fiberglass patches - and its gearbox were still on the wooden pallet from 1975.

The current owner commissioned a complete rebuild of the original engine and a sympathetic mechanical re-commissioning. The 2.6-liter Vantage engine was rebuilt with new valves, springs, guides, tappets, chains, pistons, liners, rings and bearings. Other mechanical systems were addressed as well. The fuel pump, radiator, carburetors, and electrical units were also rebuilt. A new aluminum fuel tank, clutch assembly, and front hubs were installed. The brake drums were turned, the master and wheel cylinders were refurbished, and the original gearbox was inspected and resealed. The work was completed at a cost of over $70,000.

In the summer of 2013, the DB2 returned to the road for the first time since 1964. The car has been driven less than 500 miles since its return.

The car is complete with rare original and period-correct accessories, including the Wilmot Breedon keys, Millennium jack, battery cables, starter crank handle, Kismet Car brass foot pump, a brass fire extinguisher, accessory badges, and a Duckhams Oil key fob. The car still has the spare 2.9-liter engine and gearbox, as well as the original 1952-dated steel gas tank.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2013

2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $300,000-USD $400,000 
Sale Price :
USD $341,000

1953 Aston Martin DB2 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Aston Martin DB2

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 ASTON MARTIN DB2 DROPHEAD COUPÉ WITH HARDTOP
Chassis#: LML/50/335
Sold for USD$240,109
  2022 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde à Paris
 
1953 ASTON MARTIN DB2 DROPHEAD
Chassis#: LML/50/368
Sold for USD$246,598
  2022 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde à Paris
 
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Saloon
Chassis#: LML/50/331
Sold for USD$95,200
  2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction
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1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: LML/50/267
Sold for USD$145,600
  2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction
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1953 Aston Martin DB2 Saloon
Chassis#: LML/50/292
Sold for USD$89,600
  2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction
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1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Sports Saloon
Chassis#: LML/50/307
Sold for USD$247,915
  2019 Bonhams : The Zoute Sale
 
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage 'X' Series Sports Saloon
Chassis#: LML/50/X4
Sold for USD$255,811
  2018 Bonhams : London Olympia
 
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: LML/50/376
Sold for USD$482,876
  2017 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale
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1953 Aston Martin DB2
Chassis#: LML/50/313
Sold for USD$123,311
  2017 Artcurial Motorcars : Monaco
 
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: LML/50/394
Sold for USD$233,440
  2017 Bonhams : The Aston Martin Sale
 
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: LML/50/376
Sold for USD$346,500
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
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1953 Aston Martin DB2 Coupe
Sold for USD$94,600
  2014 Auctions America - BidAnywhere
 
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Coupé
Chassis#: LML/50/283
Sold for USD$269,706
  2014 RM Auctions : Monaco
 
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: LML/50/373
Sold for USD$341,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
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1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: LML/50/366
Sold for USD$315,560
  2011 RM Auctions - London
 
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Coupé
Chassis#: LML/50/213
Sold for USD$117,690
  2011 RM Auctions - Salon Privé
 
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Sports Saloon
Chassis#: LML/50/X5
Sold for USD$170,294
  2011 Bonhams - Newport Pagnell, Aston Martin Works Service
 
1953 Aston Martin DB2
Chassis#: LML/50/244
Sold for USD$84,681
  2004 Coys - Fine Motor Cars & The Jaguar Legend, Chiswick House
 

Aston Martin DB2s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1953 Aston Martin DB2's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Sports SaloonLML/50/1182018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $220,000$260,000
1953 Aston Martin DB2 VantageLML/50/3902016 RM Sotheby's : London Sale $185,000$215,000
1953 Aston Martin DB2 SaloonLML/502852012 Bonhams Greenwich Concours d'Elegance: Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $170,000$200,000
1953 Aston Martin DB2 SaloonLML/50/3932011 RM Auctions Salon Privé$110,000$125,000$155,000
1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Drophead CoupeLML503762011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions$245,000$260,000$320,000

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