Aston Martin DB Mark III

Launched in 1949, David Brown’s Aston Martin DB2 was the first to feature the W.O. Bentley-designed twin-cam, 2.6-litre six-cylinder Lagonda engine, which would power all Astons for the next ten years until the introduction of the DB4. The DB2 made quite an impression at international auto shows and in competition, finishing first, second and third in class at the 1951 Le Mans 24 Hours and third overall against the likes of Jaguar’s purpose-built C-Type.

In 1953, this gentleman’s sports car grew into a four-passenger saloon, the DB2/4, followed by the Drophead Coupé and ‘notchback’ Fixed Head Coupé variants. By 1954, a new 3.0-litre, 140-hp engine was announced, and in 1955, the revised Mk II was introduced at the London Motor Show.

The DB2/4 Mk II continued through early 1957, when the Mk III (marketed as the DB Mark III) supplanted it. The upgraded DBA-specification engine provided up to 178 horsepower with the optional dual-outlet exhaust. Detail refinements enhanced the exterior, and a redesigned instrument panel (mimicking the contours of the new grille shape inspired by the legendary DB3S sports racers) now placed all gauges directly in front of the driver. Girling front disc brakes became available, and transmission options included Laycock de Normanville electric overdrive as well as a Borg-Warner automatic gearbox. The Mk IIIB of 1958 and 1959 was the final expression of the basic DB 2/4 concept, with front disc brakes now standard and the tail treatment upgraded with the attractive ‘cathedral tail lights’ which carried over to the DB4.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida and in June of 2011 at the Syon House, London.

178 bhp, 2,922 cc DBA DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, twin SU carburettors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs, trailing links and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with live rear axle, coil springs, radius rods and Panhard bar, and front disc, Alfin rear drum hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 99".

Source: RM Auctions

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