1959 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1789 Engine no. DBD/1311
Lot 214
1959 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon
Registration no. WLC 430 Chassis no. AM300/3/1789 Engine no. DBD/1311
Sold for £147,100 (US$ 247,100) inc. premium
Auction Details
1959 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1789 Engine no. DBD/1311 1959 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1789 Engine no. DBD/1311 1959 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1789 Engine no. DBD/1311 1959 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1789 Engine no. DBD/1311 1959 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1789 Engine no. DBD/1311 1959 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1789 Engine no. DBD/1311 1959 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1789 Engine no. DBD/1311 1959 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1789 Engine no. DBD/1311 1959 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1789 Engine no. DBD/1311 1959 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1789 Engine no. DBD/1311 1959 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1789 Engine no. DBD/1311
Lot Details
1959 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon
Registration no. WLC 430
Chassis no. AM300/3/1789
Engine no. DBD/1311

Footnotes

  • 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, of which most were exported making right-hand drive cars quite rare. 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.

    If that still was not enough, customers could opt for more a powerful DBB and (later) DBD 'Special Series' engine. Introduced as an option at the 1958 London Motor Show, the DBD came with triple (sometimes twin) SU carburettors and produced 180bhp or 195 with the twin exhausts. This engine was fitted to 47 cars.

    Unbeknown to many, the DB MkIII is another 'James Bond' Aston Martin, appearing in Ian Fleming's novel 'Goldfinger', though by the time the book made it to the screen the DB5 was the current model, so that was used instead.

    Its accompanying copy order form reveals that chassis number '1789' was delivered new via Aston Martin agents Brooklands Motors and first owned by the Arnhem Timber Co Ltd of Moorgate, London EC2. The colour scheme is recorded as Snow Shadow, which now has a black leather interior, and the car came equipped with disc front brakes, Alfin rear drums and an overdrive unit. It is also fitted with the optional twin outlet exhaust system.

    Previously owned by an AMOC member in the UK, 'WLC 430' was purchased from a Mr Chris Drake in London in 1995 and since then has resided in Belgium with the current owner. We are advised that the car was restored in the UK by marque specialists JMB Services (date not specified), the work including renovation of the bodywork, mechanicals and engine. Since acquisition the owner has continued to maintain the Aston in very good condition and is only selling it to concentrate on his collection of pre-war cars. Accompanying documentation consists of sundry restoration invoices, old-style logbook and Swansea V5.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the engine number is DBA/1311, which is the original matching numbers engine as per the build sheet. This vehicle is not UK registered and does not come with a current V5C. The vehicle is Belgian Registered. The restoration was completed in December 2008.
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