1953 Aston Martin DB3S
Aston Martin fans and enthusiasts should really pay attention. They might remember that the beautiful DB3S racing car was meant to replace the heavier DB3, and it did so successfully. Now, you don’t have to be a petrol-head to appreciate the 1953 Aston Martin DB3S in front of you, but some may appreciate its value better once they find out that it’s been driven by the likes of Reg Parnell, Tony Brooks, Roy Salvadori, Peter Collins and even Sir Stirling Moss. This thing would arguably attract the attention of classic car collectors across the globe, as it did earlier this year. I wouldn’t want to know how much this piece of automotive history was sold for.
With only 31 units produced between 1953-1956, this is quite a special Aston car. Powered by a 3.0-liter DOHC inline-6 (a Lagonda 2,992), working alongside 3 twin-choke Weber carburetors, this race car was the best of its era. A 4-speed Manual transmission and 9″ single clutch helped send the power to the wheels, all the 240 ponies – incredible figures for 1953. The sparse instrumentation in the cabin was dominated by a large Jaeger tachometer in the center, with the red line set at 7,000 rpm. Can you imagine torturing that engine and the rugged Aston for miles and miles on end?