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- 143 kW / 195 HP
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- Has carpass
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- Is metallic
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According to Aston Martin Heritage certificate :
|Body number #||TS.478|
|Date of build||5 February 1959|
|date of dispatch||10 February 1959|
Original colors: Elusive Blue (ICI MO35-2553), with Blue-Grey Connolly interior (VM.3244)
Current colors: Solway Grey (AM1150) with Black leather interior
Destination dealer: Y.K. Almoayyed & Sons, Bahrain
First owner: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Bahrain
551 DB MKIII built, including 300 in left hand drive, and 47 with the DBD type engine.
Two years after the introduction of the DB2/4 MkII came the DB MkIII, 551 of which, mainly saloons, were made between March 1957 and July 1959. Externally the most obvious change was the adoption of a DB3S-style grille, establishing the 'hallmark' look of subsequent Aston Martins. This restyled nose give the car a more imposing look while the interior boasted a redesigned dashboard with instruments grouped in a cowled panel ahead of the driver.
The 3.0-litre engine benefited from an extensive redesign by Tadek Marek and featured, among other improvements, a stiffer block, stronger crankshaft, and a new cylinder head with bigger valves. Elsewhere there were improvements to both clutch and gearbox; Laycock overdrive became available and front disc brakes were standard rather than optional after the first 100 cars had been built, commencing at chassis '1401'.
The latest and most advanced version of the 1959 DB MKIII (see Autocourse & Sporting Motorist January 1959) factory delivered with the following features:
- Original left-hand drive
- 195 HP DBD engine instead of the original 178 HP. It came with triple Weber carburetors (sometimes triple SUs), a higher compression ratio (8.6:1), up-rated camshafts, and twin exhausts. Only 47 built with this engine.
- Double exhaust outlet
- Front disc brakes with servo brake
- 3 SU HV6 carburetors
- Wooden steering wheel
- Radio HMV 200R
- Avon turbospeed tires
1959 February - Delivered new in Bahrain to H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed al Khalifa via Y.K. Almoayyed & Sons.
1959 February to October - 11 services performed by Aston Martin on behalf of the customer (all documented on Aston Dorset period service records). Car had 8121 miles at it's last service.
1976 October - Import and registration in France by a collector from Lyon. Complete repair of the engine and gearbox, brakes and shock absorbers in 1977 by the St Pierre garage in Lyon.
1986 - Imported to Belgium by the famous collector Aston Martin collector, Philippe Blesin. The car was a project, non running, and had 67.231 miles.
1987 - Sold to current owner, a belgian collector.
2010-2018 - Major restoration by Depauw Engineering workshops in Brussels:
Mechanical: Engine removal, clutch replacement, steering gear repair, repair of the braking and servo-brake systems, replacement of the silent bloc and front shock absorbers, complete repair (dynamo, starter, ignition) and compliance of the electrical installation, rectification of geometries. Bodywork: Complete repair of the hood and of the pivot pins and supports, repair of the bases, removal and repair of the doors, correction of the hood / door / body alignments. Sanding and painting color AM 1150 Solway Gray (original Aston Martin color)
Interior: repair of the leather trim and headliner by Bernard Logist workshops in Brussels.
2017 January - Road registered as oldtimer in Belgium.
2017 May - Aston Martin Heritage Certificate
2021 - Last works on car include a new clutch, new valve cover gaskets, and big service (replacement of all fluids, filters, spark plugs, brake check,…). The car has 68.151 miles on the clock. After verification we can confirm the car doesn't have it's original engine. The engine number being restamped at some point in time (see photo), where we can see an "O" instead of a "D" for DBD engine type.
Nevertheless, a very rare DB MKIII with rare factory options and valuable ownership history.