1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII,
Lot 372
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon Chassis no. AM300/3/1532 Engine no. DBA/1138
Sold for £98,300 (US$ 120,083) inc. premium

Lot Details
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1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon
Registration no. JSK 142
Chassis no. AM300/3/1532
Engine no. DBA/1138


  • Two years after the introduction of the DB2/4 MkII came the DB MkIII - the '2/4' suffix being dropped - 551 of which, mainly saloons, were made between March 1957 and July 1959. Externally the most obvious change was the adoption of a DB3S-style grille, establishing the 'hallmark' look of subsequent Aston Martins, which had been drawn up by Tickford designer, Bert Thickpenny. This restyled nose give the car a more imposing look while the interior boasted a redesigned dashboard with instruments grouped in a cowled panel ahead of the driver.
    The engine benefited from an extensive redesign by Tadek Marek (newly arrived from Austin) and featured, among other improvements, a stiffer block, stronger crankshaft and a new cylinder head with bigger valves. 162bhp was available with the single-pipe exhaust system, 178bhp with the optional twin-pipe version. Elsewhere there were improvements to both clutch and gearbox; Laycock overdrive became available and front disc brakes were standard rather than optional after the first 100 cars had been built, commencing at chassis '1401'. Despite the inevitable weight increase, the MkIII was faster than any of its predecessors with a top speed of 120mph.
    Originally finished in Deep Carriage Green, chassis number '1532' was first registered 'NNL 5' and delivered new in May 1958 to Dr E Babst, of Wallsend-on-Tyne. Over the next 20-plus years it was owned by Dr Babst, a Dr Reid and a Dr Hamilton, before passing to Mr Gervase Hulbert in 1981. In 1984 the Aston was acquired by Nicholas Masheter and in March 1992 was reregistered 'JSK 142', passing to the current owner in December 1995.
    In August 2003 the engine was fully rebuilt by renowned marque specialists R S Williams to a up-rated specification with an unleaded-compatible aluminium cylinder head, Cosworth pistons, Carrillo con-rods and electronic ignition. At the same time RSW completely rebuilt the gearbox and fitted a DB5 diaphragm clutch. In addition the chassis was refurbished with new bushes, aluminium mounting blocks and front stub axles, and overhauled brakes.
    While in Gervais Hulbert's possession the car competed at Goodwood, Wiscombe Park and Silverstone, and in 1985 was exhibited by Nicholas Masheter at the British Motoring Festival in Birmingham. It featured on the AMOC stand at the 1992 Classic Car Show and in more recent years has been used extensively for UK and Continental touring by the current owners as well as participating in a full programme of Club events. These have included the Tour of Snowdon after winning The Wild Pheasant Cup (concours); Llangollen Norwich Union RAC Classics in 1996 and '97; MkIII 40th Birthday Parade at Silverstone in 1997; October Tour of the Loire '98; AXA RAC Classic '99; Millennium Balmoral Highland Jog 2000; NATO Tour 2004; AMOC Club Tours in 2005, '06 and '07; and the Tour of the Loire, including Le Mans Classic, in 2008. It also took part in the dash from Le Touquet to Geneva in the tyre tracks of James Bond's Aston Martin DB MkIII (007's car in the novel 'Goldfinger' but not in the movie).
    Described by the owner as in outstanding mechanical condition, 'JSK 142' has covered only 12,000 miles since Richard Williams' rebuild of the engine, gearbox, clutch, suspension and brakes in 2003. The bodywork is said to need a little attention and the Rolls-Royce Regal Red paintwork (applied in the 1980s) is attractive but needs detailing, while the original interior is nicely patinated, featuring Silver Grey Connolly upholstery with green Wilton carpets, the latter new in 1990, and an original Bluemels steering wheel. Offered from long term enthusiast ownership, this well maintained, all matching numbers DB MkIII comes complete with its original 'David Brown'-stamped tool kit; Aston Service Dorset owners instruction manual, workshop manual and parts list; MoT to September 2011; Swansea V5 document; and its owner's personal log.
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