Aston Martin DB2
The Aston Martin DB2 was a sports car, the Aston Martin from 1950 to 1953 offered. Compared to its predecessor, the Model 2 - Litre Sports, he was a great progress with its 6- cylinder DOHC engine instead of the 4-cylinder OHV engine previously used. The engine was also greater ( 2.6 ltr. Capacity) and the car was built as a coupe. A convertible was later introduced and made 25 % of total production. The DB2 was very successful on the race track and secured the future success for David Brown's company.
The prototype of the DB2 appeared as one of three Aston Martins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1949. Were you when VMF 63, VMF 64 and VMF 65 marked. The car was built on tubular frame chassis Claude Hills of the model 2- Litre Sports and had a designed by Frank Freeley coupé body.
The six-cylinder came from Lagonda, a company which bought the owner of Aston Martin, David Brown for this purpose. The engine was originally designed by WO Bentley, namesake of Bentley automobiles, and engineer Willie Wilson.
The production model of the DB2 was first shown at the " New York Auto Show " in April 1950. Although the demand was great, the specimens were 2-4 the use at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1950 reserved. The cars took the top two spots and were reinstated in 1951. The success brought David Browns Ascending company fame and convinced their management, a series of specially constructed for racing vehicles, starting with the DB3 model to build.
411 DB2 built by their imagination 1950-1953. The first 49 copies had a three-part grille in front and large rectangular air intakes on the sides. In those first 49 copies were 2 Vantage. The first ever produced Vantage was LML 50/21, which was delivered to the famous American race car driver Briggs Cunningham. Soon, this embodiment has been replaced by the more familiar, rounded Aston Martin grille with horizontal bars. The three race cars were converted according to show the new firms face.
The car was designed as a closed coupe with a small, top-hung tailgate to accommodate the spare wheel. Luggage space behind the front seats there, accessible through the inner space, as in the later Chevrolet Corvette. The large hood was chipped front.
In late 1950, a convertible version was introduced, were manufactured by at least 102 pieces.
In January 1951, an engine with bigger carburettors the first Aston Martin Vantage was offered as an option. In this version only had the engine more power, namely 125 bhp (92 kW). The word Vantage was developed by an employee of Aston Martin found was looking in a thesaurus for an appropriate word for a more powerful version. In the same tradition, the words have been found for a convertible Volante and Virage for a model series in the 90 years later.