Historic 1955 Aston Martin DB3S Sports Racing Car to fetch $3.8 million at Monterey auction
One of the original and most correct Aston Martin sports racers, a historic 1955 Aston Martin DB3S Sports racing car, which was the representative of the growing interest in the famous British marquee which most effectively challenged Italy’s dominant prancing horse, is now up for grabs. Noteworthy for its trendsetting Aston Martin design, rarity, and outstanding provenance, the DB3S is actually one of the latest most-expensive entries to join the RM Auctions’ highly anticipated Monterey sale, August 17-18, California, where two rare Ford GT40 racing cars built to win long-distance sports car races against Ferrari, were also offered as the star attractions. One of just 21 ‘customer cars’ produced for privateer competition by British sports maker, this spectacular bright orange version of Aston Martin DB3S is expected to fetch $3.86 million at the auction. Last month, we have however seen the sale of 1929 vintage Bentley for $7.8 million to become one of the most expensive British car sold at auction.
Considered as one of the most attractive and elegantly designed British sports racing cars of the post war period by the classic car enthusiasts, the striking 1955 Aston Martin DB3S was originally bought new by a Dutch gentleman racer, Hans David who actually raced it in England before the car was sold out to Paul Hyatt, a captain in the U.S. Merchant Navy, who then imported the car to the United States where it continued its strong racing record before passing through a series of other caretakers.
Finished in the distinctive racing livery of national ‘Dutch Racing Orange’, this sports car with chassis DB3S/118 retains its original 3-liter engine which develops around 210 bhp, and bodywork. The car also offers its next owner the unique opportunity to be a part of Aston Martin’s remarkable racing legacy and to participate at worldwide events.
Notably, this historic 1955 DB3S will also be surrounded by a magnificent group of other important Aston Martin at the Monterey sale, which includes an original 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT, the 1962 Aston Martin DB4, a restored 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Volante, and the historically significant 1950 Aston Martin DB2 Coupe.
Also, the acclaimed auctioneer Bonhams earlier offered on sale a huge set of Aston Martin cars as part of its annual Aston Martin Works Service Sale.