Wednesday, March 16, 2011

SOLD: 1959 Aston Martin DB MKIII Saloon $148,500

Again catching up on some auction results. We have this nice MKIII saloon. For my money this was better bought than the hideously red Drophead Coupe which sold for $198k.

Perhaps some of the conditional discrepancies mentioned in the "addendum" kept the value down of this offering. As you can see from the pictures, there are definitely some rough spots which would need to be sorted out. As a driver, I would say well done.

Chassis #: AM300/3/1497

LOT: 167

$135,000-$185,000 US
Chassis No. AM300/3/1497
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $148,500

Est. 195 bhp, 2,922 cc DOHC six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, independent front suspension with coil springs and solid beam rear axle, factory disc brakes. Wheelbase: 99"

- Original California LHD example, in current ownership since 1969
- Fresh, body-off, comprehensive restoration to concours standards
- Engine uprated to DBD specification, including DB3S camshafts

As the first Aston Martin model equipped with the W.O. Bentley-designed twin-cam, 2.6-liter six-cylinder Lagonda engine, the DB2 made quite an impression at international auto shows and in competition, finishing first, second and third in class at the 1951 Le Mans 24 Hours and third overall against the likes of Jaguar’s C-Type.

In 1953, this gentleman’s sports car grew into a four-place saloon, the DB2/4, followed by Drophead Coupe and Notchback variants. By 1954, a new 3.0-liter engine producing 140 horsepower was introduced, and in 1955, the revised MK II was introduced at the London Motor Show and was distinguished by a redesigned bonnet and rear-end treatment.

The MK II continued through early 1957, when the MK III supplanted it, with the upgraded DBA-specification engine providing up to 178 horsepower with optional dual exhaust outlets. Detail refinements enhanced the exterior, and a redesigned instrument panel placed all gauges directly in front of the driver. Girling front disc brakes were available, and transmission options included Laycock de Normanville electric overdrive and a Borg-Warner automatic gearbox. Next, the MK IIIB of 1958 and 1959 represented the ultimate expression of the basic DB 2/4 concept. Front discs were now standard, and engine choices now included the more-powerful DBB unit, while the even more-powerful DBD utilized three SU carburetors and offered 195 horsepower.

The name was refined, and the 2/4 designation was dropped for the 1958 and 1959 cars, which were simply known as DB MK IIIs. Nomenclature aside, the result was what many see as the ultimate early postwar Aston Martin. Fitted with the best of everything, they were both more powerful and agile than any other road-going English sports car of the era.

This left-hand drive 1959 DB MKIII is an original California car and has been in its current ownership since 1969. Finished in eye-catching medium British Racing Green, the MKIII underwent an extensive long-term restoration by its talented engineer owner. Every nut and bolt was removed and renewed or replaced to correct specification. It should also be noted that during disassembly all body sections and ancillary parts were verified to have the same Tickford body number (#303). No stone went unturned as every part of this car was taken apart and inspected to be either rebuilt or replaced if necessary.

The fresh drive train features a rebuilt engine enhanced with special pistons, balanced crankshaft, triple dual-throat side-draft Weber 40DCOE carburetors, to DBD engine specification, and includes camshafts from DB3S/104. Fitted with the best of everything, including factory-fitted disc brakes, this 1959 DB MKIII is both more powerful and more agile than any other English sports car of the day.

As with the exterior and engine bay, the interior of DB MKIII is simply stunning. Inside, the driver finds himself surrounded by yards of supple tan camel-skin leather. The carpeting was also replaced with new tan Wilton style carpet. The finishing touch is a period aluminum and cherry wood Nardi steering wheel. All extras are present, including factory tools, jack and handle, tire gauge and grease gun. An original leather-bound owners handbook, parts book and reproduction service manual complete the package.

As quoted by Road & Track magazine in 1959, the DB MKII is “a car for connoisseurs.” In the case of this particular example, we couldn’t agree more.


Please note this car does not have overdrive, as stated in catalog. Contrary to the catalogue description this cars restoration is not to concourse standards.

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