Aston Martin 2-Litre Sports

The Aston Martin DB1 was only called so later. Offered he was from Aston Martin from 1948 to 1950 under the name 2- Litre Sports. He was the first car produced by the company under its new director, David Brown. It was presented at the London Motor Show of 1948 and based on the prototype Aston Martin atom. Only 16 units were built.

The Atom was an Aston Martin Project during the Second World War. Its tube frame chassis and its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine developed Claude Hill.

Just before David Brown bought Aston Martin, began work on a revised version. This prototype took part in the 1948 24 Hours of Spa, to test his endurance; he won the race with drivers St. John Horsfall and Leslie Johnson. The carriage of Spa was rebuilt and offered at the London Motor Show as the first copy of a new " Spa Replica " series for sale, but there were no buyers.

Together with the audience magnet spa prototype allowed Brown Aston Martin a two -seat roadster with more ordinary body for the London Motor Show build (2- Litre Sports). The car had an engine of Claude Hill with 90 bhp (66 kW) and 2 liters of displacement. He reached a top speed of 150 km / h

13 of these cars had an open roadster body, as shown in London, with a three-piece grille, as it was later proposed by the Aston Martin design department. A special equipment detail of these cars was the space for the spare tire in a front fender. Another 2 -liter was sent as a chassis for the customer's body structure.

After the introduction of the successor DB2 using the straight-six of Lagonda 2- Litre Sports 1950 became the DB1.

Aston Martin DB1 Spa Sport Roadster ( Paul Jackman Special)

While the normal DB1 a rather heavy four-seat touring car was, this unique piece of ex- Lagonda designer Frank Feeley with a lightweight sports car body was provided (aluminum body on tubular space frame ). The Sports Roadster was built in 1953 using an original 4-cylinder factory racing engine (1998 cc, approximately 63 kW, 175 km / h ) in 1948 successfully in the 24- hour race at Spa -Francorchamps in St. John " Jock " Horsfall and Leslie Johnson was used. This was the first racing success for Aston Martin after the Second World War. In 1949 the engine in the 24- hour race at Le Mans for use. For admission on July 1, 1953, the original chassis number was used AMC48/1EN4/48/6 a test chassis of the Aston Martin factory DB1. The car took part in various races until the early 1960s. A previous owner was Paul Jackman, a former designer of Aston Martin. The car was seen in the spring of 2010 miles in Berlin plant.

Aston Martin DB1 Spa rear view

Aston Martin DB1 Spa rear

Aston Martin DB1 Spa cockpit

Aston Martin DB1 Spa instruments