Aston Martin classic buyers come in similar taste preference buckets as new Aston buyers: either conservative Silver and Green rule the mind, or wild shades and racing liveries.
This fire orange example of a pristine DB3S falls into the latter camp very spectacularly.
Emblematic of Aston's resurgent post-war mission to take on the world's best in racing, the DB3S is best known today as one of the most beautiful racing roadsters of all time.
1955 Aston Martin DB3S
17 - 18 August 2012
1955 Aston Martin DB3S Sports Racing Car
To be auctioned on Saturday, August 18, 2012
Sold for $3,685,000
- Chassis no. DB3S/118
- Engine no. VB6K/118
210 bhp at 5,500 rpm, 2992 cc inline six-cylinder engine, twin overhead camshafts, triple sidedraft Weber carburetors, four-speed David Brown close-ratio gearbox, independent front suspension with trailing links, torsion bar springing and lever shock absorbers, De Dion rear suspension located by parallel trailing links and Panhard rod, torsion bar springing and telescopic shock absorbers, and four-wheel Alfin drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2210 mm
• Original chassis, numbered engine, and bodywork
• Delivered new to Holland
• Outstanding provenance with known ownership and documentation from new
• In the hands of two well-known Aston Martin collectors for the past 48 years
• Only privateer car fitted with a twin plug head at the factory