1950 Aston Martin DB2 ‘First Sanction’

Above Images ©Benson Chiu ©2010 Courtesy of RM Auctions

After a producting and racing a few prototypes, David Brown launched the DB2 in 1950 as his first real sports car. The initial run of 50 or so cars are called 'First Sanction' since they have a unique three-piece grille and numerous other unique details. By 1951, these were lost for the final production DB2 shape which is much more common.

Along with the unique grill, the 'First Sanction' cars are distinguished by their side extractor grilles, bumper strips, twin fuel fillers and flush-mounted windows.

Since the 'First Sanction' group includes some of the earliest DB2, many were used as factory development and press cars. Three factory team cars were produced with the three-piece grill, that were later updated to the 1951 design.

Chassis & Sales

LML/50/19-Sold new to American gentleman racer William “Bill” Spear with right hand drive. Delivered on December 1950 with red paint and rust-coloured trim. Also fitted with LB6V/50/240 a Vantage-spec engine with larger SU carburetors, higher compression ratio and racing valves for 125 bhp. Spear drove the car at many SCCA events including the inaugural Sam Collier Memorial Grand Prix of Endurance at Sebring, Florida.

The car remained in the states and was repainted matte grey at some point. Recently is was refurbished by Aston Martin specialist Kevin Kay and the original DB2 wheels were replaced by black wires. It was then displayed at the 2008 Quail Motorsports reunion before being driven on the 2009 Mille Miglia. At their Sporting Classics of Monaco sale, RM auctions sold this car for €291.200 with an estimate of €135.000-€165.000.

Auction Sales History

1950 Aston Martin DB2 LML/50/13 - sold for €364,000 The 13th DB2 produced; one of 50 triple grille “washboard” examples. Fourth in class finish at the inaugural 1950 Sebring 6 Hours of Endurance. Expert restoration by marque specialists Steel Wings. A 2010 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance award winner. Displayed at the Simeone Automotive Museum.
Auction Source: 2014 Paris by RM Auctions

1951 Aston Martin DB2 Coupe LML/50/44 - sold for $292,600 One of the first 49 'Washboard' DB2s. Known history from new *Custom period coachwork modifications. Eligible for many retrospective rallies including the Mille Miglia. Offered for sale publicly for the first time ever.
Auction Source: 2013 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonhams

1950 Aston Martin DB2 Coupe LML/50/13 - sold for $308,000 The thirteenth DB2 produced; one of 50 triple grille “washboard” examples built. Part of Briggs Cunningham’s 1950 three-car entry at Sebring. Expert restoration by marque specialists Steel Wings. Complete with FIA HTP passport.
Auction Source: Monterey 2012 by RM Auctions


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