Aston Martin DB1 2-litre Sports

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DB1 2-litre Sports





The first model of the David Brown era traced its roots to the development work of engineer Claude Hill, who had designed a powerful inline four-cylinder motor that was in prototype form by 1944. During World War II, Hill also built the Atom, a one-off sports saloon with advanced chassis characteristics like independent front suspension.

The new model was called "2-Litre Sports" (later referred as DB1 after the DB2 had been introduced).

After extensive testing in 1948, including road work using an almost bare chassis (probably AMC/48/1) it was decided to give the chassis and engine the ultimate test by entering the 1948 Spa 24 hour Race. With little time available, a special body was built to complete the first post-war Aston Martin and Works Team Car (LMA/48/1). Its brilliant outright win boded well for the new "2-Litre Sports" production car, which was announced at the London Motor Show later that year and offered for sale at £2,331.

The "2-Litre Sports" was built in a small production run of 14 cars (AMC/48/1 - AMC/50/15) from 1948 until 1950. Nearly all of them (except one saloon AMC/49/8) were clothed in handsome drophead coupe coachwork designed by Frank Feeley.

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