1957 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon Registration no. XWU 518 Chassis no. AM300/3/1414 Engine no. DBA/1012
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 was purchased by the current vendor in September 1991 from a Mr Mark Davis of London NW4 having previously belonged to a Mr Derrick McGrowan of Frodsham, Cheshire. Documentation on file includes 11 expired MoTs dating back to 1990, copy chassis cards and service records dating back to 1960, and photographs of a somewhat amateurish repaint undertaken in 1992. Last MoT'd/taxed to September 2007, the car has not been used for the past few years and would benefit from sympathetic restoration.