Up for the Mille Miglia? Fabulously wealthy? Proudly patriotic? This exquisite Aston from 1953 will tick all the boxes for some lucky bastard. Serving up just 80 well-bred horses from its 2.6 Vantage straight-six this beautifully aged and nicely patina’d automobile can be yours for … well, actually it doesn’t have a sticker price on the Sotherby’s website; perhaps that’s too vulgar in the kind of social circles vintage DB2’s swap hands within?

Made famous for its incredible motor racing success, most notably at the 1950 and 1951 Le Mans, the Aston Martin DB2 was the first of David Brown’s cars to bear his initials. Although later DB cars would gain a reputation for being a gentleman’s luxury grand tourer, the DB2 was a 50s sports car through-and-through with dual SU carbs, a five speed ZF box and spritely handling.

The DB2 impressively swept the field of motorsport, placing 1st in class at both the 1950 and 1951 Le Mans and the 1952 Mille Miglia. This actual car also saw some action in the 1954 RAC Rally and the Scottish International Rally and bears the battlescars of past repairs too.

So, if the Mille Miglia is one of your bucket list ‘must dos’ and you hanker after a fabulous piece of Britain’s automotive heritage (and you’re also so minted that you probably think a ‘Wonga loan’ is some sort of Foreign Office aid payment) then keep an eye on the RM Auction in London this September.

(Pictures by Andrew Holliday & RM Auctions)

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