An incredibly rare 1953 Aston Martin DB3S Works will be presented during ‘An Evening with Aston Martin’ at the company’s three-evening Monterey sale, 15-17 August with a staggering estimate of $8,750,000 – $10,500,000.
The Aston Martin DB3S/2 is described as the best of its kind and is the second Works DB3S ever built. The car was also raced in some of the most prestigious motorsport events of the 1950s, with drivers including the famous ex-Aston Martin team driver Peter Collins. The car is offered at Monterey as an important piece of Aston Martin’s competition history, complete with its original chassis, body, and engine as it left the factory.
Emerging through the 1950s as one of the finest and most competitive cars, the DB3S was conceived as the idea of two great engineers of the time; W.O. Bentley and Professor Robert Eberan von Eberhorst, of Auto Union. Radically developing Eberhorst’s DB3 chassis, fellow designer and engineer Willie Watson turned the DB3S into a far lighter and nimbler car that was more suited to being powered by the high-compression 3.0-litre version of W.O.’s straight-six engine, giving the model the edge over contemporary rivals.
Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works:
“The RM Sotheby’s sale is, without question, sure to be a real highlight of the Aston Martin heritage year in 2019. I know we will witness rare and exceptional sports cars, such as this remarkable DB3S, find new homes with buyers around the world – underlining once again the global significance of this great British sports car company.”
It was the legendary British designer Frank Feeley who dreamt the stunning lines and voluptuous styling of the now-iconic bodywork with many regarding it as the best looking thing to ever grace a racing circuit.
RM Sotheby’s reports that this particular car was the second DB3S built by the factory, prepped by John Wyer’s competition department for the 1953 instalment of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Though the car saw an accident in its first outing with Reg Parnell at the wheel, just a month later the legendary Peter Collins got his hands on DB3S/2, finishing 3rd in an all-Aston Martin podium at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Parnell made up for his first go soon after, pairing up with Aston Martin stalwart Eric Thompson to win the Goodwood 9 Hours. In the same year, the DB3S entered the last round of the World Sportscar Championship, the RAC Tourist Trophy at Dundrod.
The supreme handling of the car suited the flow of the circuit and Parnell and Thompson finished 2nd behind the sister car (DB3S/1), with Parnell taking 2nd place in the unofficial Drivers’ title, ahead of Juan Manuel Fangio, Sir Stirling Moss, and Peter Walker.
Collins registered the car as UDV 609, under which it remains today. With this car, Collins competed in the Silverstone International Trophy in 1955, where he suffered a loose differential but still finished a respectable 7th behind the latest Works DB3Ss and a brace of Works and Ecurie Ecosse D-Types. His last outing in the car was the 1955 Daily Herald Trophy Race at Oulton Park, charging Mike Hawthorn down to finish a close 3rd ahead of a competitive field, in what was by then an out-of-date machine.
Michael Squire, Car Specialist at RM Sotheby’s comments:
“This magnificent DB3S represents a significant moment in Aston Martin’s competition history. This Works car performed at the highest level in the golden era of motorsport, and one of Aston Martin’s most successful eras in racing. Very few race cars of the period can claim to have their original chassis, engine and body from when they left the factory – and DB3S/2 is one of those few. We look back fondly on the talents of the late Peter Collins, who owned and raced this very car, making Monterey an extraordinary opportunity for any Aston Martin or motorsport collector to own and drive a part of his story.”
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Images courtesy RM Sotheby’s.