1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark IIISOLD

1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark III

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Exterior Color: Cream Beige
Interior Color: Red
Doors: 2 Door
Fuel Type: Gasoline

The last of the Feltham cars, so called for their production at Hanworth Park in Feltham, England, the DB2/4 Mark III was an elegant, refined 2 2 for the discriminating buyer. The DB2 was the company's first post-war road car, named for millionaire industrialist David Brown, who bought the company and the bankrupt Lagonda factory and merged them together into a single concern. The Mark III was the ultimate evolution of the line, its most obvious visual cue being the grille design that echoed the DB3S race car, and is still being used on today's DB9 and Vanquish. The 2.9-liter, DOHC straight-six produced up to 195hp, and was connected to either a four-speed gearbox with overdrive or, for the first time in an Aston, a Borg-Warner automatic. Production began in 1957, and ended in July 1959, after 550 examples--in coupe, drophead coupe, or rare notchback coupe body styles--had been built. "For many, these cars and the DB2/4 Mark III (which you may refer to as the DB Mark III but in no circumstances whatever as the DB3) which followed were the best of all," Michael Frostick writes in the marque history Aston Martin and Lagonda. "They were small, powerful, useful sports cars, unpretentious in their reality; and although described by a social writer as 'a suitable motor-car' they had not the glamour-boy image that would one day put them in competition with people they could hardly hope to beat. These were real Astons, as much as the 1½ liter ever was; and to keep the fact in front of the public, a busy competition program was embarked upon using a special breed of car starting with the real DB3 and going on from there." Though it's the later, Touring-designed DBs, the DB4 and onward, that get the most attention and are the hottest in the market, the Feltham cars have a steady following of connoisseurs who are willing to pay up to six figures for the best examples. "I personally like these cars a lot," said Rocky Santiago, an Aston Martin specialist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He said that market values "really come down to the condition of the car and the engine. For a really nice car, you're looking at the middle-high five figures and up." Among the most valuable are the early Mark IIIs built in 1957, because they're eligible for the Mille Miglia Storica rally. Aston Martins are never long out of the public eye, thanks to the continued popularity of the world's most famous secret agent--though it's little known that the literary James Bond's first Aston was not the DB5 made famous in the movies, but a Mark III. The sale of the company by Ford Motor Company to a consortium of investors in March may have raised the company's profile and stirred collectors' interest, too. Even without the publicity, though, "I just think that Aston Martin will always have a big following, especially the Feltham cars," Santiago said. "They're a good investment and a neat driver." Not only that, but they're "a world-class asset," with collectors in every country--which helps insulate them from financial fluctuations that might affect one continent more than another. Never likely to make it on the flavor-of-the-month list, Feltham cars like the DB2/4 Mark III seem likely to continue their steady climb, sparing their owners a white-knuckle ride on the market value roller coaster. This is an original LHD car with over $150,000 spent on a full nut and bolt restoration between 2003-2006. This is a very nice well sorted, restored AM, ready to drive.....It is priced right to sell today-we are accepting deposits as of October 5th, 2009. Please call for further details Christopher j LeSaffre 978.609.0358

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as of 4/10/2010

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