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1953 Aston Martin DB2 Saloon RHD
Announced in April 1950 the DB2 owed much to the Claude Hill-designed DB1, using a shortened and modified version of the latter's chassis and identical suspension, while the Italian-inspired, the timelessly elegant GT bodywork was the creation of Frank Feeley, and with more power (105bhp at 5,000rpm) and less weight, the sleek DB2 comfortably out-performed its predecessor.
The American owner of this right hand drive DB2 acquired the car as a 'barn find', a wholly original and complete car having had just four previous owners and the last for the last 40 years during which time it had mostly been laid up.
Inspired by the Works Astons of the 1950s, the new owner chose to fully restore the car to light competition specifications to provide a fast road/race car. The bodywork was stripped to bare metal, repaired where necessary, primed and refinished in a lustrous deep Midnight Blue hue. The interior was stripped and in place of the original seats and trim, a roll bar and tight fitting competition seats, tastefully upholstered in plaid fabric were fitted (although the originals were retained and remain with the car). To enhance performance, the engine was completely rebuilt to Vantage Specifications including new cams freshly ground by Four Ashes, the crank was built up and ground to the same specs and the Le Mans spec big SUs were added. All mechanical aspects were gone through and rebuilt where necessary to ensure that they were safe at speed and completing it was the fitting of a set of Dunlop Racing tires.
No expense was spared during this restoration, which is fully documented and accompanied in the history file by a copy of its original build sheet, and the result is one man's labour of love.
The car debuted at Lime Rock Park in 2011, where it was proven to be a very competitive race car as well as extremely stylish entrant in its period-style livery. An ever popular choice for long distance events, these cars are eligible for a whole host of retrospectives from the famed Mille Miglia and Tour Auto in Europe to the California Mille and Colorado Grand in the US, as well as many historic circuit events, and compared to the later Astons are still very competitively priced.