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Chassis no. LML/49/4 - Engine no. LB6/49/29
Coachbuilder: Aston Martin
Categories: B- Prototypes; E- Historic event cars; F- Cars owned by the famous; G- Team cars; I- Press cars; L- Limited edition cars (no. 4 remaining of no. 4 manufactured, no. 4 built)
Owner: Private Collection
The Birth of the Aston Martin DB Line and the first DB2 pre-production prototype built for David Brown. It raced Coppa Inter-Europa and Targa Florio in 1950.
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In 1947 David Brown took over the Aston Martin company and soon after the Lagonda company too. He incorporated them as Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.

Presented in 1950, the DB2 was the first model fitted with the 2.6 L, dual overhead cam, straight-six engine designed for Lagonda during the last years of the war. W. O. Bentley had supervised the engine's design, which the work was done largely by engineer Willie Watson. The aerodynamic coupe car bodies are the work of Lagonda designer Frank Feely and were much ahead of the sports car design.

The birth of the Aston Martin DB Line began in 1948 with the decision to build four new prototypes DB Mark II (as it were initially named); three chassis LMA/49/1 (UMC 64), LMA/49/2 (UMC 65) and LML/49/3 (UMC 66) to contest in the first post-war 24-hour Le Mans race in June 1949 and a fourth chassis LML/49/4 (UMC 272) for David Brown’s personal transport. UMC 66 and UMC 272 house the new 6-cylinder LB6 (Lagonda-Bentley) engines, probably making the latter the first 6-cylinder Aston Martin.
Chassis LML/49/4 (UMC 272) is the fhe forth DB2 prototype, the first DB2 pre-production prototype built and second with the six cylinder engine. It is the last of four prototypes built in 1949 and the only road going chassis (the others were Le Mans works cars UMC 64, 65 and 66). It is believed to be the first British sports car fitted with Weber carburettors.

UMC272 became David Brown’s personal car and was also driven by Lance Macklin in competitive events during 1950 such as the 2nd Coppa Inter-Europa and the 34th Targa Florio. It is belived that entered in the Mille Miglia, Brescia by Lance Macklin and John Gordon, missing the start and joining unofficially the road race in Rome. 
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26th April 1949 - March 1950
owner: David Brown | United Kingdom
20th August 1949
International Daily Express Trophy Meeting
| Towcester - Silverstone | United Kingdom
driver: David Brown
co-driver: Lance Noel Macklin
March 1950 - July 1951
owner: Lance Noel Macklin | United Kingdom
26th March 1950
Coppa Intereuropa
| Monza | Italy
driver: Lance Noel Macklin
co-driver: John Gordon
entry number: 2
26th March 1950
Coppa Intereuropa - Concorso d'Eleganza
| Monza | Italy
driver: Lance Noel Macklin
co-driver: John Gordon
2nd April 1950 - 3rd April 1950
Targa Florio - Giro di Sicilia
| Palermo | Italy
driver: Lance Noel Macklin
co-driver: John Gordon
entry number: 453
25th May 1985 - 27th May 1985
Motor 100 - A Century of World Motoring
| Towcester - Silverstone | United Kingdom
3rd May 1989
Christie's - Automobiles Jaguar, Aston Martin, Lagonda et Bentley
| Monaco | Monaco
23rd April 2010 - 25th April 2010
Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
| Cernobbio - Como | Italy
driver: Daniel A. Waltenberg
entry number: 66
26th June 2010
The MIdsummer Classic
| Stoke park - London | United Kingdom
driver: Daniel A. Waltenberg

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