1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Project

The DB2 debuted at the New York Auto Show in April 1950 and continued in production until April 1953, by which time 411 had been made. The first 49 had a chrome-framed front grille in three separate parts, and large rectangular cooling vents in the front wings. Subsequent cars had a one-piece grille with horizontal chrome slats, and no side vents.

The single-piece bonnet was hinged at the front. At the rear of the fixed-head coupé (FHC) a small top-hinged lid gave access to the spare wheel, and luggage space was behind the front seats, accessible only from inside the car.

Later in 1950, a Drophead Coupé (DHC) variant was introduced. At least 102 were built.[3]

In April 1950, an engine with larger carburettors, inlet camshaft the same as the exhaust (for increased duration), and higher compression ratio pistons (8.16:1) was made available. Aston Martin's first Vantage upgrade option offered 125 hp (93 kW). Initially the higher compression ratio made the engine unsuitable for the British market, as the postwar austerity measures of the early 1950s restricted UK vehicles to 72 octane "Pool petrol". [4] The first DB2 Vantage, LML 50/21, was delivered to, and raced by, Briggs Cunningham in the United States.

History.

1953 - Purchased from Berkley Motors by Charles Sgonina. Registration HKD 20

1954  National Fairwood. Races against Peter Collins

1954 Castel Hill Climb (Sgonina). 1st in Class.

1955 Mervyn Kearon purchases the car.

1957 Queensferry Sprint (Kearon). 2nd.

1962 Arthur Bryant Trophy (J. Rutter). 3rd.

1971 - Paul Flook wrote article on Charles Sgonina - where was it originally printed? ; reprinted in 1981 in AM Quarterly. Mentions DB2.

1978 Martin Triggs purchases the car. He keeps the car and sells on to Paradise Garage for a 10% profit.

1979 Purchased by Paul Lamec at “Paradise Garage in London” and exported to Canada.

1987 (approx) Problems started arising with the car:

The car was seemingly left without care for approximately 10 years.

1999 The car is found and entrusted to Ian Neville to restore.

2001 Paul Lamec passes away; http://www.meliora.co.uk/48_obit.htm

This DB2 Vantage project is very complete and original with gearbox, head and matching engine block. We would recommend that interested parties view the car by appointment. We are open to offers.

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