1958 Aston Martin DB Mk III Sports Saloon
Chassis no. AM300/3/1352
Engine no. DBA 978
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.
The ultimate development of the first series of David Brown-built Aston Martins, the DB MkIII occupies a special place in the marque's 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.
'1352' is an original left hand drive Mk III in very fine order and benefiting from a succinct history which is thought to consist of a mere three owners from new. Presenting in lively Fiesta Red paint with a black leather interior, the car has recently undergone a full detailing and freshening, including new back seats in black leather.
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.