1950 Aston Martin DB2 ‘First Sanction’
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.
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|type||Series Production Car|
|engine||Water Cooled Inline-6|
|block material||Cast Iron|
|valvetrain||DOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl|
|displacement||2580 cc / 157.44 in³|
|bore||79 mm / 3.1 in|
|stroke||90 mm / 3.5 in|
|power||93.2 kw / 125 bhp @ 5000 rpm|
|specific output||48.45 bhp per litre|
|front brakes||Girling Hydrualic Drums|
|rear brakes||Girling Hydrualic Drums|
|f suspension||Trailing Arms|
|r suspension||Live Axle|
Auction Sales History
Auction Source: 2014 Paris by RM Auctions
Auction Source: 2013 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonhams
Auction Source: Monterey 2012 by RM Auctions