Aston Martin DB Mark III
Many enthusiasts view the DB Mark III as the last “true” Aston Martin and appreciate it as the ultimate development of the groundbreaking DB2 which saw the Company develop from a small specialist manufacturer to a marque of world renown. The series provided the basis for Aston’s brilliant racing successes culminating in the 1959 World Sports Car Championship. Though they have always been highly valued, demand for the DB Mark III has risen significantly in recent years, supported by its technical sophistication, excellent performance and eligibility for nearly all the greatest vintage motoring events, including the Tour Auto and Goodwood Revival.
Legendary Aston Martin engineer Tadek Marek thoroughly revised the existing six-cylinder W.O. Bentley/Lagonda engine design, with output rising to 162 bhp or 178 bhp with the optional twin-exhaust system. Front disc brakes supplemented “Alfin” finned aluminum rear drum brakes, with the upgrade optional on the first 100 DB Mark IIIs and standard on the final Mark IIIB variant of 1958-1959. Styling and body fittings were updated, most notably with a revised grille opening inspired by the DB3S sports racer that provided unmistakable brand continuity and essentially remained in effect through the V-8 models of the late-1980s. The Frank Feeley-revised instrument panel echoed the grille’s shape, with the gauges now positioned directly in front of the driver.
Only 551 DB Mark IIIs were produced, including one purpose-built competition model, with 462 Coupes and 84 Drophead Coupes built. By virtue of their Feltham-era, hand-built quality and legendary capabilities, each surviving example remains highly coveted today.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, in June of 2011 at the Syon House, London and in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
178 bhp (SAE), 2,922 cc DBA DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, twin SU carburettors and twin exhausts, four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, independent front suspension with coil springs, trailing arms and anti-roll bar, live Salisbury rear axle with coil springs, trailing links and Panhard rod, and hydraulic front disc, rear “Alfin” drum brakes. Wheelbase: 99".
Source: RM Auctions
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