1953 Aston Martin DB3 Bertone SpyderSOLD
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Aston Martin produced ten different DB3 models with chassis numbers that ranged logically from DB3/1 through DB3/10.

These were the first true "Space-Frame" Sports-Racers from the company that was now under David Brown's sole ownership.

Originally with 2.5-liter and then later 3.0-liter, twin-cam, six-cylinder engines, these were remarkably nimble and exciting vehicles, the majority of which were given very sexy low, open-bodies by Bertone.

The cars were campaigned by both the Aston "Works" Team as well as privateers. They had a remarkable string of racing successes not equaled until the debut of the more advanced DB3/S of 1955/56 finally became available.

Their record of class and outright victories throughout the early 1950s gave Aston the confidence to move ahead with ever more potent and competitive variations on the initial DB3 design. This cumulated in the ultimate victory in 1959 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans using their all conquering DBR1!

This car has full FIA as well as FIVA documents and all USA importation duty and taxes paid in full.
This car is complete with two extremely comprehensive 3-inch ring binders full of original period photos, records, correspondences and articles specific to and relating to this car. Please call or email me for additional information.

Reference Number 3446

as of 8/22/2006

Car 1953 Aston Martin DB3 Bertone Spyder
VIN DB3/6  
Exterior / Interior Color      Green /      Tan 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Options Exterior: Metallic paint
Interior: Leather interior 
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Known History

This car as noted by its chassis number was the sixth of ten examples built. This was one of eight fitted with standard right-hand-drive "open" or "Spyder" coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone.


The car was ordered and sold new to Robert Dickson of Carlisle, UK. Registered on UK plates "FHH 534" and raced in a number of hill climbs and various UK races in both the 1953 and 1954 Season.


--- May 16th, 1953, entered by Dickson in the Ulster Trophy Formula Libre Race held on the Dundrod Circuit where he finished eighth overall.


--- June 18th, 1953, entered by Dickson in the British Empire Trophy Race held on the Douglas Circuit, Isle of Man with race number 43, where he finished seventh overall in the preliminary race and 12th overall in the main event.


--- July 18th, 1953, enter by Dickson in the British Grand Prix Sports Car Race at Silverstone. With his favorite race number 21, Dickson was hindered with electrical problems. While running at the end, it was officially classified as a DNF.


--- September 5th, 1953, entered by Dickson in the "Tourist Trophy" World Sportscar Championship race held at Donrod, Ireland. With race number 21, the car was driven by Dickson and Aston Team driver Desmond Titterington to a very credible fifth overall! The two ran an excellent race behind several new DB3S models as well as the Factory Jaguar C-Type of Stirling Moss and Peter Walker.


In 1954, the car was sold to Robert H. Dennis and then fitted with a unique gullwing body and a Factory Jaguar C-type engine. In this form, the car was raced on several occasions by Dennis.


--- April 12th, 1955, the car was entered by Dennis in the Goodwood Easter British International Race. With race number 87, Dennis finished 12th overall.


Dennis retained this DB3 until it was sold minus body and engine to the Rex Collection in Lidingo, Sweeden. A full restoration including proper engine and a new period correct body was then done by noted mark expert Peter Jaye. In 2000 the car was acquired by noted Japanese collector, Kyoto Takemoto. Takemoto entered and raced the car in the 2001 and 2003 running of the Mille Miglia Historica as well as the 2001-2005 running of the Lafesta Mille Miglia in Japan. In the 2005 event the car was driven by Sir Stirling Moss.


In September 2003, this car was featured in a full article as well as on the cover of Car Magazine, Issue number 303.


DB3/6 Ownership History


1953-1954 - Robert Dickson - Carlisle, UK


1954-1988 - Robert H. Dennis - Surry, UK


1989-1992 - Albert Sollevi - Lidingo, Sweden


2000-2006 - Kyoto Takemoto - Tokyo, Japan


2006-present - Symbolic Motors La - Jolla, CA