Property of a deceased's estate 1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon Coachwork by Tickford Registration no. 6363 BP Chassis no. AM300/3/1698 Engine no. DBA/1314
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.
This DB MkIII, chassis number 'AM300/3/1698', comes with a copy of the original chassis card sent to its late owner in 1968, which states that it was supplied new to a Mr Henry Gage of Worthing, Sussex. The car was delivered finished in Elusive Blue with blue-grey Connolly leather trim, and was equipped with overdrive and a 'large heater hydro booster'. The earliest invoice on file is dated 1966, so the Aston must have been in deceased's hands since at least that time. Also on file are sundry invoices for parts bought from Aston Service Dorset; 1960s correspondence from Aston Martin advising on carburettor settings, suitable oils and other matters; correspondence with HWM during the 1960s concerning parts, etc; and the owner's notes on work carried out on the car over many years. In addition, there is an invoice for £858 for a front suspension rebuild by Aston Service Dorset in 1981 and numerous MoT certificates, the most recent of which expired in 1999. Offered in need of re-commissioning and sold strictly as viewed, the car comes with instruction book, workshop manual and parts catalogue.