The Atom continues to carry the hopes of Aston Martin. The son of the owner of the brand uses it intensively and shows it with complacency to his friends. In 1945 it was the first car equipped with the new 2-liter engine patented by Aston Martin. The story that the tractor businessman David Brown was appealed by this car to the point of deciding to start his own line of sports cars is quite plausible. This unique coupe passed at auction at Bonhams in 2014.
The end of the war changed the industrial situation considerably. David Brown buys Lagonda and Aston Martin one after the other. The first model of the joint Aston Martin Lagonda company is the 2-Liter Sports released in 1948 with the 2-liter engine. The immediate and unexpected victory of one of these cars in the 24 hours of Spa encourages the development of a more ambitious model.
In 1949 Aston Martin builds four prototypes on the new DB Mk II chassis, a denomination using the initials of the new boss. The aerodynamic shape is again inspired by the Italian cars. Two prototypes are equipped with the 2-liter engine and the other two with a 2.6-liter engine designed in 1943 by Lagonda.
The two 2-liter and one of the 2.6-liter are equipped in competition configuration and entered in the 24 hours of Le Mans. The last 2.6-liter is made as a road car for the personal use of David Brown who uses it for demonstrations. The specialized press is much praising the performance, endurance and comfort of this specific car.
Brown has won : the success of his product line is now assured. In 1950 he sells his car to a factory driver of his brand and starts the production of the DB2. The 2-Litre Sports is then renamed DB1.
The DB Mk II ex David Brown is in the footsteps of the Atom one of the most important cars of the modernization phase of Aston Martin. It is valued $ 1.5M for sale by Gooding at Amelia Island on March 10, lot 031. Here is the link to the press release.
SOLD for $ 1.54M including premium