One Off 1953 Aston Martin DB2

1953 Aston Martin Db2 Prototype Front Corner

The moment we saw this DB2 we knew it was something special and that it needed to be featured on the site. This DB2 is actually a DB2/4, but it does not feature the fastback or rare notchback body. This is the actual prototype that David Brown, then owner of Aston Martin, had built for his personal use. It’s currently for sale at Family Classic Cars for an undisclosed amount.

1953 Aston Martin Db2 Prototype Side

This car has quite a history, that all starts with David Brown. Ever wonder what the DB stands for in DB2? Well now you know. Mr. Brown had Mulliner of England affix a hardtop to a DB2/4 drophead and rework most of the body of this special car for his personal use. Even though it was his car, it eventually made its way into the prototyping department where many special features from the car made their way onto the DB2/4 Mark II.

1953 Aston Martin Db2 Prototype Interior

After only 2 years David Brown turned the car over to Peter Collins, who was racing for Aston Martin at them time. Collins had the car upgraded at the factory several times and had the car until his death in ’58. From there the car made its way into King Hussein of Jordan’s collection. It stayed there for several years until it found its way into the collection of J.S. Draper.

1953 Aston Martin Db2 Prototype Engine

This car has been restored twice, the last time in ’95 by Aston Martin. It’s in pristine condition and ready for concours shows and events. This car is a magnificent piece of Aston Martin history and maybe one of the most important postwar Astons built. Not many of use could afford such a machine, but for those that can this could be their ticket into just about any exclusive rally.

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