1951 Aston Martin DB2 Fastback Coupe / LML/50/66 Vehicle Information

1951 Aston Martin DB2 photograph

1951 Aston Martin DB2 photograph

1951 Aston Martin DB2 photograph

1951 Aston Martin DB21951 Aston Martin DB21951 Aston Martin DB2
Sold for $319,000 at 2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours.
Aston Martin announced the DB2, the first model built under the ownership of David Brown, at the New York Auto Show in 1950. The car's notoriety was taken to new levels when Briggs Cunningham took delivery of the first Vantage-upgraded DB2 and campaigned it to a 2nd in Class finish at the first Sebring race in December of that year. Aston Martin built 411 copies of the DB2 before it was replaced by the DB2/4 in 1953.

This Aston Martin DB2 was delivered new to Phil Hill when it was first retailed as a new car via International Motors in Beverly Hills. The Aston Martin DB2's 90-day guarantee commenced on September 15th of 1951, and the car was submitted immediately to Road & Track magazine for a road test, appearing in the December 1951 issue. This was followed by a similar feature in the February 1952 issue of Motor Trend with another glowing review by Phil Hill.

Phil Hill sold the DB2 to fellow racer Douglas Trotter, who raced the car at nearly a dozen venues across California over the next two years. The car won the Novice Trophy at Palm Springs. In April, the car dropped a valve while racing at Pebble Beach. Due to a delay in the arrival of factory parts, Trotter replaced the Aston Martin engine initially with a Studebaker unit then found success with a race-prepared GMC straight-six. Side louvers were added for cooling. The Aston/GMC went on to several motor starts and at least one podium finish came at Moffett Field, in August 1953.

The coupe was sold in early 1954, along with its original engine, to fellow Stocktonian Norman Milne. Mr. Milne repaired the engine and returned the DB2 to its stock configuration. The car had two additional short-term owners. By May of 1963, Alan Selby of Santa Rosa purchased LML/50/66 and would retain ownership for the next half-century. A restoration was completed in the early 2000s, including refinishing the car in its current maroon over gray leather.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2014


2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $350,000-USD $450,000 
Sale Price :
USD $319,000

1951 Aston Martin DB2 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1951 sales)
1951 Aston Martin DB2 Sports Saloon Project
Chassis#: LML/50/29
Sold for USD$88,449
  2018 Bonhams : The Aston Martin Sale
 
1951 Aston Martin DB2
Chassis#: LML/50/66
Sold for USD$319,000
  2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
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1951 Aston Martin DB2 Coupe
Chassis#: LML/50/44
Sold for USD$292,600
  2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction
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1951 Aston Martin DB2 Coupé
Chassis#: LML/50/88
Sold for USD$310,229
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1951 Aston Martin DB2 Grand Touring Competition Coupe
Chassis#: LML/50/50
Sold for USD$464,651
  2005 Bonhams - Important Sports and Competition Motor Cars & Fine Automobilia
 

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2
1950 DropHead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Tickford
Chassis Num: LML/50/13

Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2
1950 DropHead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Tickford
Chassis Num: LML/50/217
Engine Num: VR6B/50/1082
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2
1950 DropHead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Tickford
Chassis Num: LML/50/26

Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2
1951 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: LML/50/44
Engine Num: VB6B/50/1152

Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2
1952 FastBack Coupe
Chassis Num: LML/50/102
Engine Num: VB6B/50/553

Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2
1953 Drophead Coupe
Chassis Num: LML/50/373
Engine Num: VB6B/50/1196

Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2
1953 Drophead Coupe
Chassis Num: LML/50/376
Engine Num: VB6B/50/1088

Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2
1953 Drophead Coupe
Chassis Num: LML/50/400
Engine Num: VB6E/50/1227

1951 Aston Martin DB2

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