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  Aston Martin DB3S
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:1953 - 1957
Numbers built:31 (All versions)
Designed by:Frank Feeley for Aston Martin Lagonda
Predecessor:Aston Martin DB3 Spider
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:June 24, 2019
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Chassis: DB3S/2
The second DB3S built, DB3S/2 was the first of three works cars prepared for the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately, Reg Parnell crashed the car during his opening stint. The next month, it was driven to third of an all-Aston Martin podium by Peter Collins in the British Grand Prix support race. Parnell got redemption for his Le Mans accident by winning the Goodwood Nine Hours together with Eric Thompson a full two laps ahead of the second placed Jaguar C-Type. The same pairing then placed second in the Dundrod Tourist Trophy behind a sister DB3S. For the 1954 season, DB3S/2 was pressed back into service for the opening rounds of the World Championship. Sadly the car did not reach the finish at each of these three outings with a crash in the Mille Miglia halting its contemporary racing career. Once back at the factory, the car was rebuilt with a new chassis and the latest Frank Feeley body design. In this guise, it was pressed back into service for the Tourist Trophy where Peter Collins and Pat Grifftih finished second behind a 4.5-litre engined Ferrari.

For the 1955 season, Aston Martin built brand new cars, and chassis DB3S/2 was sold off to Peter Collins for a considerably reduced price. Collins raced the ageing car with considerable success during 1955. Its subsequent owners would race the car through to the 1958 season before it was owned for two decades by George Gale and then a further two by Richard Forshaw, after he had tried to persuade Gale to sell him the DB3S for eight years. In 1998, it joined the stable of renowned collector and historic racer Peter Read. The next custodian was fellow American John McCaw, who showed the car at select events between 2004 and 2015. The car was then repatriated to the United Kingdom where it became part of another world class collection. After being raced at several events like the Goodwood Revival, it was consigned to the 2019 RM Sotheby's Monterey auction to headline the company's all-Aston Martin evening.


Chassis details
Manufactured in 1953
First owner Aston Martin Lagonda ltd.
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  Article Image gallery (117) Chassis (2) DB3S/2 Specifications