The first aston martin to be equipped with a lagonda engine, it featured a 2. It was an evolution of the db24 mark ii model it replaced, using an evolution of that cars w. Aston martin race car 1954 aston martin db3s5 hagerty. The aston martin dbr1 was a sports racing car built by aston martin starting in 1956, intended for the world sportscar championship as well as nonchampionship sportscar races at the time. He had tested the works aston martin db3s at goodwood in the. Although they used some db2 parts, they were quite different, being designed especially for racing. The book is strongly recommended by the aston martin owners club amoc as well, and there is a forum post trying to bring this to all prospective owners attention. A 1953 aston martin db3s racing car once driven by sir stirling moss and which later went on to star in a hit film with terry thomas has failed to sell at auction despite a. Db2, db24 and db3 in detail 19501959 first edition by nick. Spectators enjoy an up close look at vintage aston martin models, including the db3s9 in the background, in the gardens of kensington palace, london. It is most famous as the victor of the 1959 24 hours of le mans, aston martins only outright victory at the endurance classic. Db3s was made 195356 11 works cars, chassis nbr db3s1 to db3s11, with the 11th works car never being raced by aston martin. Aston martin db3s aston martin can trace its racing heritage back to 19 when lionel martin, a singer dealer, decided to improve.
The young man goes by the name pk as well leave it for now, and after a spirited drive through the english countryside i tossed on my recorder and asked him about this gorgeous machine. The company began in 19, when founders lionel martin and robert bamford realised their desire to build distinctive, high quality sports cars that were both exhilarating to drive and a beauty to behold. Author mitchel beasley did copious research and provides an approximate valuation for each car, as of the date of publication in 2017. With the aston martin comes a book with built sheet, history documents about former owners, service records and photos from previous service work. This is a really excellent book on one of the most important aston martin cars.
Perhaps palawan is pioneering the homologation special of car books. Fundamentally willie watsons design was a shorter, lighter and stiffer car than eberan eborhorsts aston db3. Aston martin db3s chapter four aston martin db3s during one of my infrequent visits to auto restorations, a collection of parts, chassis body etc, which looked as if they had come from a farmyard scrap heap, were lying where they had been dumped out of a. The db3s were built in two series, the first being numbered one through ten. Other for aston martin db manuals and literature for sale. The db mark iii normally simply called mark iii, even at the time of its introduction is a sports car sold by aston martin from 1957 through 1959.
The result was the db3s, a design that was based on its predecessor but featured a smaller wheelbase and a lighter chassis. Aston martin has produced bespoke sports cars for over 100 years. The book is a celebration of aston martin through their 100 years and is a major. Originally built for aston martin owner david brown, the db3s5 was fitted with an experimental fiberglass body, which reportedly lacked sufficient hardener. The chassis was shortened and lightened and reworked to great effect and the body was smaller and more aerodynamically efficient.
The book primarily a coffee table style book of great photography looking at each of the models through the history of aston martin design and endeavour to create cars that instil both passion and soul. The db3s was a lighter version of the car, introduced in 1953. William watson, employed as eberhorsts assistant, presented an alternative design to john wyer, aston martins competition. It covers the complete history of aston martin, the ownership changes, all the significant road and race cars including oneoffs and bespoke cars such as the astonlola, bulldog and the nimrod among others. History of the 19501953 aston martin db2 the aston martin db2 began production in the spring of 1950, and continued in various forms through 1957 with about 1,100 cars in total produced. Tim being asked to create all the photography for the aston book was indeed a great honour and it was a project that i worked on for over 4 years. Many books have been written over the years about the history. Over the years sir stirling moss has had an amazing racing history and has enjoyed some of that through his involvement with aston martin so to have the books forward written by stirling is truly a fitting start to that pictorial history that tim has set out to capture across the books chapters and pages. The original modifications were done by exauto union engineer, eberan. It was named for david brown, the english industrialist who bought aston martin in 1947. By nurturing aston martins talents for blending performance on the track with luxury comfort, elegant design and dedicated craftsmanship, each new car edged the company further into the limelight.
Driving aston martin db3s10 through the english countryside. Db6 19651970 if youre not keeneyed, its easy to mistake a db6 for a db5 or db4gt, for that matter. The aston martin db3s was built as a replacement for the heavier aston martin db3. The racebred db3 and db3s were followed by the exquisite db4 and its highperformance sibling the db4gt, before the now historic collaboration. William watson, employed as eberhorsts assistant, presented an alternative design to john wyer, aston martins competitions manager, whose assistance was needed as eberhorst could well oppose being upstaged. A call to aston martin was placed, sealing the db5s place in history. This is arguably aston martins best looking and most svelte coachwork, designed by frank feeley who in 1937 had penned the famous lines of the lagonda lg 45 rapide. The aston martin db3 and later db3s were sports racing cars built in the 1950s. The aston martin db3s is a sports racing car that was built by aston martin. In 1953, aston changed the designation to db24, and in 1955 the name was changed to db24 mark ii. There was never any doubt that the aston martin dbr1 reigns supreme among the 1950s sports racers, and consequently among the very, few epitomic examples of the sports car genre. This is chassis number 9, together with number 10 were two new team cars for the year.
Cooling off with an icecream in the shade prince andrew, duke of york left chats to aston martin ceo dr ulrich bez. For more than 100 years, aston martin has created some of the most beautiful and powerful cars ever seen on road and track. Aston martin lagonda limited is a british manufacturer of luxury sports cars and grand tourers. The car is in perfect condition all parts overhauld like new. I always thought they could vote its acquisition the least likely to succeed in the collectors graduation book. Forthcoming publications, on ferrari racing cars and the aston martin db3s, are even more narrowly focused than the aston history. Jun 30, 2018 this pin was discovered by michael ward. Following the failure of the heavy and uncompetitive aston martin db3 designed by eberan eberhorst. The aston martin db3s sports car palawan press publishing. The aston martin db3s is a special car although it may have been overshadowed as years came and went by a certain finned jaguar and the dbr0 that won at. After 2 years the duo lionel matin and robert bamford made their first car, by setting a 4cylinder engine in the ex 1908 isottafraschinni chassis. What was the history of the db3s used by terry thomas in school for scroudrels. The aston martin db3s motor sport magazine archive. Aston martin db3 history the db3 was not as successful as aston martin had intended so they tasked watson to design and engineer a new car.
Although 1956 also saw the introduction of the dbr1, the db3s still also represented aston martin in major competitions. There are almost 200 photos from the restoration available, reflecting the period 20152019. Only 31 examples of the db3s were ever built, but it became a favourite car of all who drove it its voluptuous lines remain a mobile monument to the glory days of british sports car racing. The db mkiii is matching numbers and still has her original uk v5c registration. Introduced in 1953, the aston martin db3s proved to be more speedy, and thus more popular, than its somewhat overweight predecessor, the db3. Following the failure of the heavy and uncompetitive aston martin db3 designed by. Our latest amazing tony matthews cutaway painting features one of britains most beloved sports racing cars. Ive been doing some research on the aston martin db3s the buchanan body is based on.
This book reminds me of philip porters great book on the jaguar xk8, as it is a highly detailed examination of a single model. Aston martin db model history db meaning explained. It is one of only three cars in the 1950s to win both the world sports car. Aston martin db24 vignale originally ordered for his majesty the king of belgium in 1954. The car was supplied in chassis form to vignale orginally and bodied in a very elegant and beautiful fastback design, the db24 is a truly ultrarare aston martin and its history stretches back to its very first conception when it was originally ordered for his majesty the king of belgium.
Gaydon factory the book covers all the models manufactured at the gaydon factory, including the aston martin vantage, db9, rapide, virage, dbs, and vanquish including the various. It was somewhat more successful, and was produced until 1956. The aston martin db3s is a special car although it may have been overshadowed as. Aston db3s technical specifications the aston martin db3s was built from 1953 to 1957, 32 were constructed excluding the singleseater variant dp1551. The first car to wear the db nameplate was the db2. It is a wonderful celebration of aston martin through their first 100 years. Here, the experts at evo magazine look back at its glorious history, with firsthand, behindthewheel reports, technical information and performance stats. That sticky situation was resolved when two unstable db3s hardtops crashed at the 1954 le mans 24 hours. The bellini, as it was named in the film, started life as a fiberglass bodied db3s built for david brown as a road car. Image result for dinky aston martin db3s aston martin. It was of course one of three that were there that day, which has to be an exceptional reunion for the legendary works racing db3s cars that aston martin built and raced extensively in the 1950s. Q by aston martin the ultimate bespoke aston martin. The 1955 aston martin db3s we have the pleasure of offering here is chassis 118, ordered new by dutch racing car driver hans davids and finished in the appropriate national racing livery of dutch racing orange. Originally two works coupe versions were also built.
Over the years sir stirling moss has had an amazing racing history and has. The db3s5 immediately received the db3s2s alloy roadster body, and went racing. He had tested the works aston martin db3s at goodwood in the february of. Get the best deals on other for aston martin db manuals and literature when you shop the largest online selection at ebay. History of james bonds aston martin db5 business insider. Like aston martin, lagonda was rich in history and often in.
Aston book from photographer tim wallace on behance. The first volume of this twobook set traces the history of the car from its inception as the db3 to its transformation into the db3s and subsequent production for. Aston martin project gutenberg selfpublishing ebooks. Sir stirling moss writes opening foreword to the new aston book. The firm became associated with luxury grand touring cars in the 1950s and 1960s, and with the fictional character james bond following his use of a db5 model in the 1964 film goldfinger the company has had a chequered financial history. Chris nixon wrote about db3s2 in his definitive book the aston martin db3s.1116 1347 325 552 1371 1037 596 656 559 599 1359 462 774 673 1286 1450 60 1360 583 523 427 477 1009 1293 1589 1636 1190 277 956 1388 1274 1346 102 1491 81