1957 Aston Martin DB Mark III

Following the introduction of the DB2/4 Mark II by two years, Aston Martin unveiled the DB Mark III, producing 551 units, predominantly saloons, between March 1957 and July 1959. A distinctive alteration was the incorporation of a DB3S-style grille, crafted by Tickford designer Bert Thickpenny, establishing a signature Aston Martin appearance for subsequent models. This revamped front end bestowed a more commanding presence, complemented by an interior featuring a redesigned dashboard housing instruments arranged in a cowled panel before the driver.

Under the hood, the 3.0-litre DBA engine underwent a comprehensive redesign by Tadek Marek, who recently joined from Austin. The enhancements included a stiffer block, a robust crankshaft, and a new cylinder head with larger valves. The single-pipe exhaust system delivered 162bhp, while the optional twin-pipe version offered 178bhp. Despite the inevitable weight increase, the Mark III outpaced its predecessors, boasting a top speed of 120mph (193km/h).

Noteworthy as the inaugural Aston Martin to feature in a ‘James Bond’ novel, the DB Mark III found itself in the hands of ‘007’ in Goldfinger. This model also marked the conclusion of the era of six-cylinder engines introduced by W. O. Bentley. Built in 1957, the DB Mark III qualifies for the Mille Miglia.

Source: Bonhams