1952 Aston Martin DB3 #5
One of five ex-works cars, this beautiful car is the winner of the 1952 Goodwood 9-hours race and a factory entry at Monaco, Le Mans, Sebring, Goodwood, Mille Miglia, Silverstone etc. A race winning car in the right hands and a welcome entry everywhere! Owned by the current owner for over 10-years this no expense spared car has been regularly campaigned in all Major Historic Motor racing events.
The DB3 was introduced in 1951 with a 133 hp (99 kW) 2.6 L Lagonda straight-6 engine from the DB2 Vantage. The car was unsuccessful, so a larger 2.9 L engine, producing 163 hp (122 kW), was introduced in June 1952. The car was placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at Silverstone May 1952 (in 2.6 L form) that year behind a Jaguar C-Type. The cars were forced out of Le Mans, but did claim the 9-hour race at Goodwood.
In 1953 a DB3 driven by Parnell/Abecassis placed 2nd at the Sebring 12 Hours, the opening race in the World Sports Car Championship, behind a Cunningham CR4 and then at the second round at the Mille Miglia, Reg Parnell drove a DB3 to 5th place, the highest position ever reached by a British sports car in the Italian classic. The car was then replaced as Astons front line car by the DB3S.