The landmark DB2, considered the first “true” post-war Aston Martin, was introduced in May 1950. The ultimate and most highly refined variant, the DB Mark III, debuted in March 1957 and was produced through July 1959, when the DB4 ultimately succeeded it.
Legendary Aston Martin engineer Tadek Marek thoroughly revised the existing six-cylinder W.O. Bentley/Lagonda engine design, with output rising to 162bhp or 178bhp with the optional twin-exhaust system. Front disc brakes supplemented “Alfin” finned aluminium rear drum brakes, with the upgrade optional on the first 100 DB Mark III’s 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 V8 models of the late 1980’s. 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 III’s 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.
The stunning example you see here has enjoyed a huge frame-off restoration over a 3 year period, during which all key areas of the car were attended to, supported by a photographic record of the works.
Extremely well finished in Ivory White with a Red Leather interior, this is one of the very nicest DB series Astons we have seen for a long time.
|Auction||Techno Classica Essen 2018|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Registration Number||EU Registered|
|Model||DB Mark III|
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