The prototype for the DB2 appeared as one of three Aston Martins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1949. The car was based on Claude Hill’s tube-frame chassis, created for the 2-Litre Sports “DB1”, with a closed coupe body design by Frank Feeley. The engine was originally designed by W. O. Bentley, namesake of the Bentley car company, and engineer Willie Wilson. The production DB2 debuted at the New York Auto Show in April 1950. Only 411 DB2s were produced from their 1950 introduction through 1953.