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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:1951 - 1953
Numbers built:10 (all versions)
Successor:Aston Martin DB3S
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:June 09, 2008
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Chassis: DB3/5
Originally fitted with the 2.6 litre engine, this Works car was soon upgraded to 3 litre specification. It was raced extensively, including appearances at Monaco, Le Mans and Sebring. The most noteworthy result was an outright victory in the 1952 Goodwood 9-Hour race. Its works racing career came to a close at the 1953 Mille Miglia with a crash after a steering failure. The damaged body was removed and replaced with coupe coachwork for the first private owner Nigel Mann. He raced the car with some success before selling it on to a US military officer based in Japan. This Preston Hopkins campaigned the car in Japan before bringing it with him to the United States when he moved back home.

During the late 1970s, it was fitted with a DB3S style spider body and subsequently raced in historic events. In 1990, the car passed to British collector Hugh Taylor. He commissioned a proper restoration to its DB3 guise, using numerous period photographs. Among the subsequent owners was Aston Martin enthusiast Simon Draper. From the mid 2000s, it was back in American hands and continued to be raced with great success. In 2017, Rob Hall fittingly drove the car to victory in the Freddie March Memorial Trophy during the Goodwood Revival meeting. After a 15-year ownership and with a fresh cosmetic restoration, the most successful DB3 was consigned to headline the 2022 Bonhams Goodwood Revival auction.


Chassis details
Manufactured in 1952
Engine number DP10133
First owner Aston Martin Lagonda ltd.
Appearances

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2017 Goodwood Revival 2017 Goodwood Revival 2017 Goodwood Revival 2017 Goodwood Revival
2014 Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2013 Goodwood Revival 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2012 Goodwood Revival 2012 Goodwood Revival 2012 Goodwood Preview
2011 24 Hours of Le Mans 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010 Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed
2009 24 Hours of Le Mans 2005 New York City Concours d'Elegance 2005 New York City Concours d'Elegance 2005 New York City Concours d'Elegance
2005 New York City Concours d'Elegance 2005 New York City Concours d'Elegance

  Article Image gallery (74) Chassis (4) DB3/5 Specifications