Aston Martin DB2 prototype





Aston Martin DB2 prototype

Rok výroby 1949 - 1949

Model: DB2 (1950 - 1953)

Wikipedia (DB2): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aston_Martin_DB2

DB Mark II (DB2 prototype)

(1949)

Aston Martins three car entry to Le Mans in 1949 featured a car described at the time as the DB Mark II. These three cars had a shortened wheelbase 2 litre Sports (DB1) tubular chassis and a new streamlined body designed by Frank Feeley of Lagonda, who joined Aston Martin when the two companies merged. Two of the cars were using the Claude Hill 4 cylinder engine, the third, UMC 66, had a new 2.6 litre six cylinder, twin overhead cam engine. The engine, designed by Willie Wilson (but under the supervision of W.O.Bentley) was also acquired as a result of the merger with Lagonda company.

During the 1949 Le Mans 24 hour race, the first 4 cylinder car, UMC 64 crashed heavily and the driver, Pierre Marechal sadly died the following day. The second car, UMC 65 went on to finish 7th overall and third in class. The six-cylinder car, UMC 66 was less successful and retired shortly into the race with water pump failure. A little later, at the Spa 24 hour race, UMC 66 finished 3rd overall and UMC 65 5th. But it marked the end of 4 cylinder Astons Martins. The six cylinder UMC 66 went on to be the development car for the production DB2.

Since the car is now resident in the USA, I was fortunate to see the very first six-cylinder UMC 66 in the paddock at Laguna Seca and at the Pebble Beach Concours in the Summer of 2007.

The forth DB2 prototype and second with the six cylinder engine is LML/49/4 which carries the number UMC272. UMC272 became David Brown’s personal car but was also driven by Lance Macklin in competative events during 1950. It was photographed during the lead up and during the Kensington Palace Aston Martin Centenary Celebration.

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