1953 Aston Martin DB3SOLD
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Aston Martin Racing Green with Brown leather race bucket seats, approximately 10,000 miles since complete and thorough restoration.

This DB3, Serial # DB3/6, Engine # DP/101/22 is one of only ten DSB3ĺs produced, logically numbered 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 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. Their record of class and outright victories throughout the early 1950s gave Aston the confidence to move ahead in their design and development culminating in their ultimate victory in 1959 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans using their all conquering DBR1.

The history of DB3/6ů

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.

DB3/6 was raced and hill climbed extensively by its first owner, Robert "Bob" Dickson of Carlisle, England. The documentation file (i.e. two 3-Inch ring binders is extensive, including FIA papers, FIVA Identity Card, British V5 Registration document MOT Test Certificate, written correspondence from one of the car's period drivers (Desmond Titterington), period photographs, drawings, work receipts, hand-written notes, articles, etc. relating to this car. It's history is as follows:

--- May 16th, 1953, entered by Dickson in the Ulster Trophy Formula Libre Race held on the Dundrod Circuit where he finished 8th overall.

--- June 18th, 1953, entered by Dickson in the British Empire Trophy Race held on the Douglas Circuit, Isle of Man wearing race number 43, where he finished 7th overall in the preliminary race and 12th overall (67.01 mph) in the main event.

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

--- September 5th, 1953, entered by Dickson in the "Tourist Trophy" World Sportscar Championship race held at Donrod, Ireland. Wearing race number 21, the car was driven by Dickson and Aston Team driver Desmond Titterington to a very credible 5th 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. -

-- 1953 T.T. Dundrod, Isle of Man (R. Dickson/ Desmond Titterington), 6th overall, 77.84 m.p.h., 4th in class.

--- 1953 Bo'ness Hill Climb in Scotland (Dickson), 1st in class, new record.

--- 1953 Rest and be Thankful Hill Climb (Dickson), 1st in class.

--- 1954 The car was sold to Robert H. Dennis (Surrey, England). Streamlined gull-wing saloon body fitted (see AM, Vol. 6, No. 6, p. 249). Engine DP/101/22 transferred to LML/50/9 and "C"-type Jaguar engine substituted. Re-registered NV 64 (the original registration no. was FHH 534). In this form the car was raced on several occasions by Dennis.

--- April 12th, 1955, the car was entered by Dennis in the B.A.R.C. Goodwood Easter British International Race. Wearing race number 87, the car DNF'd, 12th overall.

--- 1965 Fitted with body from DBR2/1 (the special gull-wing body was transferred to DBR2/1) and engine DP/101/32 from DB3S/4 was fitted to the car.

--- 1975 The special gull-wing body was re-fitted so that DBR2/1 could have its original body back. In essence the process of exchanging original exchanging of coachwork between the two cars (which occurred ten years earlier in 1965), was now effectively reversed.

--- 1982 Engine DP/101/32 sold.

--- 1988 The car was purchased by the Rex Collection, Stockholm, Sweden minus body and engine.

--- 1992 Albert Sollevi of Lindingo, Sweden purchased the car. He commissioned noted marque expert Paul Gaye Engineering, Ltd. to rebuild it back to original specification The car now has now been reunited with its original engine, DP/101/22.

--- 1995 Returned to AMOC events after its comprehensive rebuild.

--- 1996 Featured in the Swedish magazine, Autohistorica 1/96. Then Sold to David Vine of England.

--- 1998 reunited the car with its original British Registration No. FHH 534.

--- 2000 Sold to Kyoto Takemoto of Tokyo, Japan

--- 2001-2005 Competed in the Lafesta Mille Miglia in Japan (driven by Sir Stirling Moss in the 2005 event)

--- 2001 Driven in the Mille Miglia Storica by Takemoto (Race No. 337).

--- 2003 Featured in an eight-page cover story appearing in the September 2003 edition of the Japanese magazine known as "Car " (Issue No. 303) .

--- 2003 Driven again in the Mille Miglia Storica by Takemoto

--- 2006 Sold to Symbolic International, Inc. in July 2006.

--- 2006 Sold to Autosport Designs, Inc. in August 2006

This DB3 has full FIA as well as FIVA documents, it 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.

This DB3 is eligible of every vintage event imaginable, it is in superb, well-serviced condition throughout and ready for immediate use.


Reference Number 4163

as of 9/24/2006

Overview
Car 1953 Aston Martin DB3
VIN DB3/6 
Exterior / Interior Color Aston Martin Racing Green /      Brown  
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Options Exterior: Metallic paint, Wire wheels
Interior: Wooden steering wheel 
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Known History

--- May 16th, 1953, entered by Dickson in the Ulster Trophy Formula Libre Race held on the Dundrod Circuit where he finished 8th overall.

 

--- June 18th, 1953, entered by Dickson in the British Empire Trophy Race held on the Douglas Circuit, Isle of Man wearing race number 43, where he finished 7th overall in the preliminary race and 12th overall (67.01 mph) in the main event.

 

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

 

--- September 5th, 1953, entered by Dickson in the "Tourist Trophy" World Sportscar Championship race held at Donrod, Ireland. Wearing race number 21, the car was driven by Dickson and Aston Team driver Desmond Titterington to a very credible 5th 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. -

 

-- 1953 T.T. Dundrod, Isle of Man (R. Dickson/ Desmond Titterington), 6th overall, 77.84 m.p.h., 4th in class.

 

--- 1953 Bo'ness Hill Climb in Scotland (Dickson), 1st in class, new record.

 

--- 1953 Rest and be Thankful Hill Climb (Dickson), 1st in class.

 

--- 1954 The car was sold to Robert H. Dennis (Surrey, England). Streamlined gull-wing saloon body fitted (see AM, Vol. 6, No. 6, p. 249). Engine DP/101/22 transferred to LML/50/9 and "C"-type Jaguar engine substituted. Re-registered NV 64 (the original registration no. was FHH 534). In this form the car was raced on several occasions by Dennis.

 

--- April 12th, 1955, the car was entered by Dennis in the B.A.R.C. Goodwood Easter British International Race. Wearing race number 87, the car DNF'd, 12th overall.

 

--- 1965 Fitted with body from DBR2/1 (the special gull-wing body was transferred to DBR2/1) and engine DP/101/32 from DB3S/4 was fitted to the car.

 

--- 1975 The special gull-wing body was re-fitted so that DBR2/1 could have its original body back. In essence the process of exchanging original exchanging of coachwork between the two cars (which occurred ten years earlier in 1965), was now effectively reversed.