ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 MARK III
The DB 2/4 Mk III (normally known as the Mk III, even at the time of its introduction) was the final evolution of the Feltham-built David Brown Astons and was the fastest and most refined of the early post-war cars. Production lasted from 1957 through to 1959 and the Mk III retained the Willie Watson-designed ‘LB6’ which had already been extended from 2.6 to 2.9-litres but was further developed by Tadek Marek for the III and now offered 162bhp at 5500rpm on twin-SUs.
Other improvements included for the first time ever on an Aston, disc brakes, the hydraulically operated clutch was new as well, and an optional Laycock-de Normanville overdrive became standard after the first 100 cars.
From the outside, the major difference was the grille which stylist Frank Feeley adopted from the DB3S racer and the stylish aperture was just what the road car needed replacing the horizontal bars of its predecessor which over time could look like a bad day at the dentist. The same signature shape was echoed inside with the new instrument binnacle which finally placed all the instruments in front of the driver
Unbeknown to many, the DB Mk 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.
According to a copy Build Certificate, Chassis ‘AM300/3/1403’ was delivered to its first owner, a Mr Cook of Long Island, New York on the 15th October 1957. The certificate also states that the car was delivered in left-hand drive configuration, finished in Desert White with a red leather interior and the engine number on the build sheet matches the car's current engine.
An old advert from 2008 in the history file shows that this Mk III Drophead was in storage for 40 years in the States. Having subsequently resided in another collection with little use these past few years, it appears that this car really has not had much use at all during its lifetime. Indeed, the odometer shows 37,698 miles which could well be correct given the circumstances. Pleasingly, the Aston is accompanied by its Assured Provenance Certificate and Inspection Document from Aston Works.
Presented to auction on a NOVA, with UK Taxes paid, this special DB2 is currently in the process of being UK registered in time for the sale. This is a very rare car, indeed, we believe only 84 DB Mk III Drophead Coupés were ever built making this example a very exciting and rare opportunity to join a rather exclusive club. We welcome and encourage interested parties to book an appointment to come and see the car either at our storage facility before the sale or during the Silverstone Classic weekend itself.
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