1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1591 Engine no. DBA/1228

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Lot 667
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Saloon
Registration no. 948 HVU Chassis no. AM300/3/1591 Engine no. DBA/1228

Sold for £ 76,300 (US$ 99,249) inc. premium
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Saloon
Registration no. 948 HVU
Chassis no. AM300/3/1591
Engine no. DBA/1228

Footnotes

  • The final development of the original DB2 sports car, the DB MkIII (its predecessors’ ‘2/4’ suffix having been dropped) was manufactured between March 1957 and July 1959. Externally the most obvious change was the adoption of a DB3S-style grille while the interior boasted a redesigned dashboard with instruments grouped in a cowled panel ahead of the driver. The 2,922cc, six-cylinder engine was extensively redesigned and featured, among other improvements, a stiffer block, stronger crankshaft and a new cylinder head. 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.
    This DB MkIII’s previous owner bought it in 1970 intending to carry out a complete rebuild. Over the next 30 years he disassembled the car and had the engine completely rebuilt and modified by Beauxfield Engineering, as well as carrying out much other mechanical work. When the present owner bought ‘948 HVU’ in March 2001 the body had been stripped back to bare metal and the vehicle was still in its constituent parts. Over the next three years the Aston was professionally reconstructed and re-trimmed, while Trinity Engineering stripped and rebuilt the engine and carried out a substantial amount of work to create a fast road/rally car. In 2006 the body was fully re-sprayed and adjustable power-assisted steering installed, this latter modification transforming the experience of driving the car. Other performance enhancements include triple Weber carburettors, DB3S ‘road’ camshafts, free-flow exhaust manifold, twin exhaust system with two additional silencers, oil cooler, transmission overdrive and twin spot lamps
    ‘948 HVU’ is now in pristine condition; the engine, though tractable, is believed to produce in the region of 200bhp and the car cruises comfortably at 90mph (3,200rpm) with the extra silencers keeping exhaust noise to an acceptable level. We are advised that the top speed is well in excess of 120mph and that the car has been described by a marque expert as the best-sorted DB Mk III he has ever driven.
    Since completion the Aston has competed in the regularity section of the Tour Auto (in 2006) and one of the AMOC’s Silverstone meetings (in 2007). It is now being sold to make way for a recently acquired pre-war Lagonda. The car is offered with an original workshop manual and parts catalogue, current MoT/road fund licence, Swansea V5 document, old-style logbooks dating back to the 1960s, and two folios of restoration-related bills, correspondence, build sheets and specifications dating back to the 1980s.
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1591 Engine no. DBA/1228
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1591 Engine no. DBA/1228
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1591 Engine no. DBA/1228
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1591 Engine no. DBA/1228
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1591 Engine no. DBA/1228
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Saloon  Chassis no. AM300/3/1591 Engine no. DBA/1228
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