Sunday In The Park: David Jones’ 1952 Aston Martin DB2
by Lowell Paddock, Sunday in the Park Concours Chairman
David Jones’ lovely 1952 Aston Martin DB2 was one of the stunning cars featured in last year’s Lime Rock Concours, but its backstory is nearly as interesting as the car itself.
While any DB2 is a special car, David’s was originally upgraded at the request of Aston’s owner David Brown for his personal use with a prototype 145hp, 2.9-liter VB6J engine numbered DP/101/5, standing for “Design Prototype, 1 of 5.” David’s car also played a starring role in the British film The Devil on Horseback. While he notes that it doesn’t have quite the same prominence as Tippi Hedren’s DB2/4 in the Hitchcock classic The Birds, it does make a star turn for about three minutes and looks and sounds great. As if that were not enough attention, David also uncovered a photo of Aston Martin team driver Reg Parnell driving the car at speeds in excess of 115mph on the London-Birmingham road – a somewhat easier feat then compared to today.
As part of his extensive research, David also discovered a 1953 picture of his car with members of the USAF (still stationed in Great Britain after World War II), who challenged Aston Martin to a race. David Brown accepted and brought his DB2 to compete. “I don’t know who won,” says David, “but I love the picture - it looks like something from a spy movie – or possibly Bond, James Bond . . . classic!!”
Keep an eye out for David’s fantastic Aston around Northwest CT – you certainly can’t miss it!