Aston Martin DB3S engine – Built by Rex Woodgate for Le Mans car 62 EMU

The Property of a Gentleman


62 EMU is an Aston Martin DB3S Team Car, made on the William Watson chassis for the racing season 1954, with a fixed head coupe body (decided by wind tunnel testing) but it performed poorly at Silverstone and at Le Mans. In 1955 it was completely rebuilt with a new chassis and body ready for racing that season. This car proceeded to win its first meeting in May 1955 at Silverstone, came second at Le Mans, competed in 1956 again on front drum brakes and a new gearbox, then found fame in 1958 as a private entrant at Le Mans, when it took second place driven by Graham and Peter Whitehead.


Rex Woodgate started as a race mechanic in the early 1950’s working with Aston Martin and was the team manager for the ‘Works’ racing entries in North America, ultimately taking control of the management of Aston Martin for all of the United States. Rex Woodgate Automotive Consultants were commissioned to build this engine some years ago for the previous owner of 62 EMU. The engine was  intended to be used for historic racing in order to preserve the original unit fitted to the car, but due to circumstances the engine was never fitted, and is now offered for sale.


Supplied with Dynometer read-out and full build sheet, and fitted with the correct Weber triple carburettors, this is a very highly specified and well sorted unit which was built to a standard both difficult and costly to replicate. A fantastic opportunity for the serious Aston Martin enthusiast.

ESTIMATE €60,000- €70,000

Auction Legende et Passion May 2016
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