Friday, December 3, 2010

AUCTION: 1959 DB MKIII DHC

Recent factory appraisal. The pre-auction estimate of £180,000 - £200,000 might be justified for a buyer looking to park it under their "London mansion block".






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The DB Mark III (sometimes known as the 2/4 MKIII) was built by Aston Martin from 1957 to 1959. It was a development of the DB2/4 Mark II, using an evolution of the Lagonda 2922cc, straight-6 engine, which had been redesigned by Tadek Marek. During the short production run there were just 561 MKIIIs built. Of these, just 84 were drophead coupes, 462 were hatchbacks and 5 were fixed head coupes.

The example offered here is from the final year of production before the model was replaced by the DB4. It is said to have been acquired by the vendor's father when it was around 3 months old, with 300 miles on the clock. The vendor was just 10 years old at the time but would eventually acquire the car in 1985, when her father suffered a stroke.

Originally finished in Aston Martin Peony Red, the car was returned to Feltham for a colour change to BRG just after it was acquired by the vendor's tather, Michael Hepburne Scott (MHS), who was the grandson of the 9th Marquis of Lothian. During his long ownership, the car was a frequent visitor to the Monteviot estate, in the Scottish Borders but was usually found in the underground car park below his London mansion block.

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