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Chassis no. DB3/4 - Engine no. DP/101/34
Coachbuilder: Aston Martin
Categories: C- One-off models; E- Historic event cars; F- Cars owned by the famous; G- Team cars; H- Works cars; K- Famous chassis' cars; L- Limited edition cars (no. 5 manufactured, no. 4th built)
Owner: Louwman Museum (Netherlands)
One of five works team car, it came 3rd to Silverstone International and 16th to Mille Miglia.
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Aston Martin DB3 were racing cars built from September 1951 to May 1953. David Brown after buying Aston Martin involved the ex-Auto Union engineer, Eberan von Eberhorst to develop a sports racing car using DB2 parts. The chassis moved away from the square and rectangular tubes of the DB2 chassis and used round tubing in chromium molybdenum steel. Created in ladder form, it gained beam strength from the tubes themselves rather than having to use vertical girders. The wheelbase was six inches (15cm) shorter than the DB2 but shared with its predecessor a pair of trailing arms for the front suspension. The car was introduced 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 body was a light structure using 18 gauge alloy panels. It was designed to be lifted off the chassis quickly. The DB3 made its debut in the Tourist Trophy in September 1951 under the famous Team Manager, John Wyer. The DB3 was placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at Silverstone May 1952 (in 2.6 ltr 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. Wyer was disappointed to note that the dry weight of the car with the 2.9 litre engine was only 45 kg lighter than the previous year’s lightweight DB2. Thus the decision was taken to go with the plans of ‘Willie’ Watson to develop a smaller, lighter car (DB3S) and sadly von Eberhorst left Aston Martin. Only 10 cars were produced in total, five as works cars, the remaining five were sold to customers to race privately. Some DB3’s have had fixed head coupe bodywork although many have reverted to open cockpit. The prices quoted at the time for the car were £3,700 inclusive of taxes compared with £2,728 and £2,879 for the DB2 salon and drophead respectively.
‘Works car’ is the English term known by car enthusiasts for a ‘factory-entered racer’, differentiating it from a car which is entered in a motor race by ‘privateers’.

Chassis DB3/4 is a unique Aston Martin. It is one of five DB3 works team cars fitted with a 2.6 litre engine and a five speed gearbox. It was 3rd in the Silverstone race in 1952. There has been only one Grand Prix in Monaco for sports cars, and this car took part in it in 1952. The young racing driver Peter Collins finished seventh with the DB3. One year later, together with top motorcycle racer Geoff Duke, Collins drove the car again in the 12 Hours of Sebring, the opening race for the World Sports Car Championship. Collins was well in the lead when he handed over to Duke, but unfortunately he crashed and the DB3 was forced to retire. The car was repaired, and Peter Collins drove it once again in the 1953 Mille Miglia, finishing in sixteenth place.
It was updated by the factory in 1954 with a early DB3S style bodywork, a 3 litre engine and a four speed gearbox. The curvaceous body is typical of sports racers of the fifties.
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10th May 1952
International Daily Express Trophy Meeting
| Silverstone | United Kingdom
driver: George Edgar Abecassis
entry number: 33
1st June 1952 - 2nd June 1952
Gran Prix De Monaco
| Montecarlo | Monaco
driver: Peter John Collins
entry number: 74
10th July 1952
Jersey International Road Race
| Jersey | United Kingdom
driver: George Edgar Abecassis
entry number: 27
2nd August 1952
Boreham International Sports Car Race
| Boreham | United Kingdom
driver: George Edgar Abecassis
entry number: 32
16th August 1952
Nine-Hour car race Goodwood
| Goodwood | United Kingdom
driver: George Edgar Abecassis
co-driver: Dennis Poore
entry number: 16
30th August 1952
Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb
| Shelsley Walsh | United Kingdom
driver: George Edgar Abecassis
8th March 1953
Sebring 12 Hours
| Sebring | United States - Florida
driver: Peter John Collins
co-driver: Geoff Duke
entry number: 31
25th April 1953 - 26th April 1953
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Roma - Brescia | Italy
driver: Peter John Collins
co-driver: Mike Keen
entry number: 551
9th May 1953
International Daily Express Trophy Meeting
| Silverstone | United Kingdom
driver: Peter John Collins
entry number: 22
12th May 2015 - 17th May 2015
Mille Miglia
| Brescia (bs) | Italy
driver: Quirina Louwman
co-driver: James Wood
entry number: 249

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