1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138

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1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC
Coachwork by Tickford Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138

Sold for € 368,000 (US$ 427,505) inc. premium
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC
Coachwork by Tickford

Chassis no. AM300/3/1522
Engine no. DBA/1138
• One of only 85 DB Mark III drophead coupés
• Original left-hand drive model
• Delivered new to California, USA
• Original matching numbers engine
• Engine rebuilt by Aston Martin Works in April 2021

Please note this motor car is subject to the reduced local import tax should it remain in the EU. Bonhams is the guarantor of the customs duties and taxes clearance: consequently, this motor car cannot be released to the buyer or his transporter immediately after the sale.

1958 ASTON MARTIN DB MKIII DROPHEAD COUPE
CARROSSERIE TICKFORD
N° DE CHSSIS AM300/3/1522
N° DE MOTEUR DBA/1138
• L'un des 85 coupés drophead DB Mark III.
• Modèle avec conduite à gauche d'origine
• Livré neuf en Californie
• Moteur d'origine à numéros concordants
• Moteur reconstruit par Aston Martin Works en avril 2021

Veuillez noter que si cette voiture reste dans la Communauté Européenne elle sera soumise à une taxe d'importation au taux réduit de la TVA à l'importation locale. Bonhams restant le garant des droits et taxes douanières, cette voiture ne pourra donc pas être récupérée par l'acheteur ou son transporteur immédiatement après la vente.


Footnotes

  • "Many Aston Martin enthusiasts regard the DB Mark III as the most desirable of the early Feltham cars." - Paul R Woudenberg, Aston Martin Buyers' Guide.
    The need to widen the appeal of the already-successful DB2 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 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. 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 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. Total DB Mark III production amounted to 551 cars, of which 85 were drophead coupés and four were fixed-head coupés.

    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.
    Its accompanying copy guarantee form reveals that this DB Mark III drophead coupé was built in left-hand drive configuration and delivered new to Hans Baruch of Berkeley, California. Although far from a household name, inventor Hans Baruch (1925-2013) is noted for his contributions to the development of scientific apparatus and instruments that revolutionised the fields of clinical chemistry and the practice of medicine. Delivered on 2nd July 1958, '1522' was originally finished in Deep Carriage Green with light cream Connolly leather interior trim and a black Everflex roof. Only one subsequent owner is listed: Ken Lawrence of Pleasant Hill, California (from 1983).

    The Aston Martin Owners Club Register lists a number of events entered by '1522', commencing in 1989 when the car was owned by one S T Hamilton. That same year the car received a 1st in class award at the Monterey Festival Concours d'Elegance and was displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours. In 1998, by which time it had been acquired by one J F Rosenstock, '1522' was displayed at the Rodeo Drive Concours and the following year was displayed again at Pebble Beach. Also in 1999, the DB Mark III featured in Sports Car International and Sports Cars Illustrated magazines, and achieved a 1st in class award at the Newport Beach Concours d'Elegance.

    It is understood that the Aston was restored, incorporating various engine upgrades, while belonging to R F Rosenstock, though, sadly, some of the original historical documents have been lost over the years. In April 2021 the engine was fully rebuilt by Aston Martin Works, who have also repainted and re-trimmed the dashboard. Ready to be enjoyed, this handsome DB Mark III drophead coupé typifies the most attractive of all the Feltham-based company's models of the 1950s.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the car is accompanied by its original UK V5C, in addition to the NOVA form as stated in the catalogue.
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1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC  Chassis no. AM300/3/1522 Engine no. DBA/1138
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