1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. AM300/3/1492

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1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by Tickford Registration no. not UK registered Chassis no. AM300/3/1492

Sold for £ 443,900 (US$ 610,436) inc. premium
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by Tickford

Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. AM300/3/1492
*One of 85 drophead coupés
*Delivered new to the USA
*Left-hand drive
*Restored by R S Williams in 2000
*Registered in Switzerland

Footnotes

  • 'A glance around the paddock at any British race meeting makes it clear that Aston Martins are much favoured by connoisseurs of sports cars. They offer a rare combination of flexibility and high performance, and their equipment and interior comfort suit them for city work without prejudice to their speed and acceleration on track or open road.' – Autocar, October 1957 (on the DB Mark III).

    The need to widen the appeal of the already-successful DB2 had resulted in the launch in October 1953 of the '2+2' DB2/4. Extensive revisions to the car's rear end arrangements made room for two occasional seats and/or more luggage, the latter being accessed via a hatchback rear door - one of this now-common feature's earliest applications.

    Two years after the introduction of the mildly restyled DB2/4 Mark II came the DB Mark III - the '2/4' suffix being dropped - 551 of which, mainly saloons, were made between March 1957 and July 1959, some 55% of which were exported. It would be the final evolution of the DB line using the Claude Hill-designed chassis, and the last powered by the Lagonda engine developed under the auspices of the great W O Bentley.

    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 3.0-litre 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. A maximum output of 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 - a 'first' for any road-going Aston Martin - were standard rather than optional after the first 100 cars had been built, commencing at chassis '1401'. Despite the inevitable weight increase, the Mark III was faster than any of its predecessors with a top speed of 120mph.

    Unbeknown to many, the DB Mark III 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.
    Chassis number '1492' is one of only 84 DB Mark III drophead coupés made and retains its original engine, '1090'. The accompanying copy guarantee form shows that the car was delivered via the US importer H S Inskip and sold new to the Weathermatic Corporation of Long Island City, New York, USA. It was originally finished in Desert White with black Connolly leather interior, and left the Feltham factory equipped with five fully chromed road wheels.

    The DB was purchased by the current vendor in 1990 from one Philippe Bracht, having been on sale at Aston Martin, New York. It was imported into Belgium (VAT paid) and in 1994 was imported into Switzerland and registered there as an historic vehicle ('GE 500 074'). In 1998 the car took part in the 1,000km Louis Vuitton 'China Run' from Dalian to Beijing; it was then fully restored in the UK by the celebrated marque specialist Richard Williams, including an engine rebuild, and since the rebuild's completion in early 2000 has covered circa 4,000 miles. R S Williams' typically detained invoices are on file (inspection recommended) and the car also comes with a Swiss Permis de Circulation. A wonderful opportunity to acquire one of the rarest of post-war Aston Martins.
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1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. AM300/3/1492
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. AM300/3/1492
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. AM300/3/1492
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. AM300/3/1492
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. AM300/3/1492
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. AM300/3/1492
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. AM300/3/1492
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. AM300/3/1492
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. AM300/3/1492
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. AM300/3/1492
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. AM300/3/1492
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. AM300/3/1492
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. AM300/3/1492
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. AM300/3/1492
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. AM300/3/1492
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. AM300/3/1492
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