1958 Aston Martin DB Mk III Registration no. 483 FBH Chassis no. AM300/3/1696 Engine no. DBA/1297
The ultimate development of the first series of David Brown-built Aston Martins, the DB MkIII occupies a special place in the marques history. Beginning with the DB2, this family of cars would see the company progress from being a small specialist manufacturer to one of world renown, providing the basis for its many racing successes culminating in the World Sports Car Championship in 1959. With this heritage the DB Mk IIIs position in Aston Martin history is unique.
Though the DB Mk III has always been highly valued by collectors and enthusiasts alike, in recent years demand for the model has risen significantly as its eligibility for prestigious historic motoring events the Tour Auto, Mille Miglia, and Goodwood Revival to name but three has become more appreciated.
This particular example was first registered 483 FBH on 23rd September 1958. Finished in Scotch Pine Green with red Connolly leather upholstery and black carpets, the car was delivered complete with overdrive transmission; disc front brakes and Alfin rear drums; brake servo; oil cooler; twin exhausts (worth an extra 16bhp); and twin Lucas spotlights. In addition, the original factory order specified a larger Smiths heater; twin SU HV6 carburettors; and a 3.77 back axle ratio.
More recent improvements include an electric cooling fan; stainless steel exhaust; and up-rated Felthamfast road springs that further improve the handling and turn-in. The car comes with the original 16 wheels, which have been shot-blasted and painted; a set of 15 wheels shod with radial tyres; and a new set of 16x5½J chromed wire wheels specially commissioned from Dayton Wire Wheel in the USA and shod with the latest Michelin Pilote X tyres.
483 FBH was delivered new to Brooklands of Mayfair. The immediately preceding owner purchased the car in 1974 and kept it for the next 34 years, covering approximately 20,000 miles. Recorded mileage when purchased in 1974 was approximately 59,000, so there is good reason to believe that the current total of 79,697 is genuine. The car was extensively restored during a 14-year period from 1980 to 1994 and carefully placed in storage in 1996, only emerging in late 2007. During those eleven years it formed part of a varied collection of cars, three of which were Aston Martins, and is now part of a collection of ten Astons belonging to a long-time enthusiast of the marque.
Since its extensive renovation the car has covered approximately 2,000 miles. The restoration included the body and paintwork, while the original leather interior, which had been maintained in excellent original condition, only needed re-colouring. Too lengthy to list here, details of the cars thorough mechanical restoration in the 1980s are available for inspection together with those relating to its recent careful re-commissioning. Since the completion of the latter, which included a full mechanical service, the Aston has participated in the 2008 Tour Britannia and will arrive at the sale fresh from taking part in the prestigious Tour Auto.
The well-documented history file covers over 33 years and includes a large quantity of invoices (mainly issued by marque specialists, Aston Service Dorset); assorted correspondence between its then owner and ASD; old-style green logbook; and various expired MoTs. The most recent invoice on file (dated April 2009) is from R S Williams for overhauling the water pump, repairing the heater matrix and fitting a new cylinder head gasket and upgraded clutch. In addition, the car comes complete with tool kit, hammer, jack, owners handbook, parts list and workshop manual.
There can be few, if any, cars more representative of British automotive engineering excellence than an Aston Martin from the 1950s. The DB Mk III represents the epitome of this achievement, benefiting from almost a decade of development since the DB2s introduction in 1949. Also, probably no other UK marque can demonstrate a more direct link between the experience gained from its racing activities and the development of its production cars.
Taxed, MoTd and offered with Swansea V5, AM300/3/1696 is one of the finest examples available. The combination of its superb condition, documented long-term careful ownership, and ultimate specification (overdrive, disc brakes, Alfin drums, twin exhaust, oil cooler, brake servo, etc) make it a highly sought-after acquisition for any serious collector or enthusiast. It will cruise comfortably at 100 mph and is a very effective track and tour car ready to grace any serious collection of quality motor cars. Not only that, but the cars overall cosmetic and mechanical condition make it a serious contender in the AMOCs Pride of Ownership class.