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Aston Martin DB3 Evocation - £395,000

Chassis Number: LML.690

Engine Number: VB6E 501372

UK Registration Number: TBA

Date of first reg: 3rd April 1954

Exterior colour: Dark Green

Hood:

Interior colour: Tan Leather

Current Odometer reading:

Mileage Warranty:

Steering: Right

Transmission: Manual

Options: Full length mohair tonneau cover


Background

Overview:

The owner and developer of this wonderful car is a true motoring enthusiast with a collection of cars that includes amongst others, Aston Martins, Ferraris, Morgans and MG’s. His EU based collection benefits from the attendance of a dedicated and hugely experienced mechanic / engineer maintain his collection and contributed to this project.

Over the years, he has seen reproductions or replicas of Aston Martins but felt that they lost something in their delivery – he felt that DB3S and Zagato replicas based on V8’s and using modern materials had little appeal.

And so developed the concept, in his own words, “A DB3 Sanction II” - a genuine Evocation based on a contemporary platform and executed with appropriate materials.

Background DB2/4:

The foundation of this lovely car is a DB 2/4. First introduced at the London Motor Show in 1953 and a development of the well received DB2, the 2/4 was to overcome the restrictions of a two seater with the addition of two occasional rear seats. Luggage capacity also increased with access via a third door or tailgate featuring an enlarged rear window. The luggage space can be further enhanced by folding down the rear seats. At the time, when three door cars were a rarity, this almost justified the comment, attributed to the Bentley Drivers Club, that the car was then the fastest shooting brake in the world.

A Mark II was introduced at the London Motor Show in October 1955. It has the same chassis and mechanical specification as the DB2/4. Fitted as standard, was the 2922 c.c. VB6J engine, which developed 140 b.h.p. at 5,000 r.p.m.

Background DB3

While David Brown’s racing ambitions had been a driving force behind the company since his acquisition, the “Team Cars” to date had been developed versions of the road cars. The results had been encouraging and prompted David Brown asked for an all-new, purpose-built racer for Le Mans in 1951 and commissioned Robert Eberan von Eberhorst, the Viennese who had worked with Professor Porsche on the D-type Auto Unions, to design it. Enter the DB3.

Based on DB2 mechanicals, the DB3 first raced in 1951 under the direction of the famous John Wyer. Power was derived from a 133 bhp 2.6 litre DB2 Vantage engine using triple Webers and later this was supplanted by a 2.9 litre unit producing 163 bhp.

Racing success arrived in 1952 in the Silverstone Production sport car race where 2nd 3rd and 4th places for Parnell, Abercassis and Macklin respectively behind Jaguar’s established C type.

Le Mans proved less successful with all three works cars retiring but Peter Collins and Pat Griffith delivered an overall win in the Goodwood 9 hour race. But the car lacked power compared to the competition and the decision was taken to go with the plans of Willie Watson for a smaller, lighter car – the DB3S – and this change saw the designer of the DB3, von Eberhorst, leave Aston Martin.

Records show that ten DB3’s were built – five as Works cars and five were sold to customers for them to race privately. Some were produced as hard top fixed head coupes but it is thought that these were converted back to open cockpit cars.

There are still original models to be seen – DB3/4 is in the Dutch National Motor Museum and DB3/5 put in an appearance at the Centenary “Timeline” while DB3/6 put in a recent appearance in Octane magazine (August 2016 issue) – often confused with both the DB Mark III and the DB3S, the DB3 holds a special place in the history of Aston Martin as the first purpose built iteration of David Brown’s Le Mans ambitions and the first step along that ultimately victorious path.

Vehicle History

DB3 Evocation:

The first impression that you get from any great car should be a shining veneer of excellence, but however shiny, you want to know that the excellence is more than skin deep. The car has that from the ground up - the specification and restoration at the heart of the project illustrates that core strength:

The Chassis:An original Aston Martin DB2/4 chassis stripped and with all extraneous brackets removed. The chassis was sandblasted, zinc primed and then powder coated in Grey and an alloy floor fitted.

The Suspension:Original front and rear axles and suspension rebuilt with new bushes, gaskets, rubbers and bearings. Rear telescopic shock absorber kit was fitted lowering the rear of the car and fitting special torsion bar in the front axle. In addition, front and rear fitment of special new rally spring.

The Brakes:New front disc brake kit for a DB Mark III was fitted together with new brake lines and a modern master cylinder. New rear shoes were fitted and Aeroquip hoses fitted front and rear. A racing pedal box together with a special chrome handbrake system and cable completed the specification.

The Wheels and Tyres:New 6 x 16 racing wire wheels were fitted with Vredestein 185 x 16 tyres and three ear spinners.

The Steering:The original steering box has been retained with a large Aston Martin wooden steering wheel fitted.

The Fuel System:An alloy baffled fuel tank was fitted fed through an Aston Martin large fuel cap. At the business end, an original SU fuel pump feeds original SU twin carburettors.

Cooling:An oil cooler is fitted but the main system has a specially made large alloy radiator, a thermostatic fan, an alloy expansion tank all served by a new water pump and all new hoses.

The Engine:It is a 3 litre engine rebuilt with new pistons and liners with a rebuilt dynamo and rebuilt distributor with new points. The traditional is served by an original DB3 oil filling system but modern reliability served by a new modern quick starter motor and as a nod to its heritage, there are racing plug leads and a racing oil catch system.

The Exhaust:Efficiency and spirit are served by a Racing 6 branch stainless steel manifold passing to a twin exhaust stainless steel system.

Drive train:The 4 speed gearbox was fully rebuilt with new synchros, hubs and gaskets and new gearbox silentbloc. A DB5 clutch system and plate complimented the conversion of the system to a Mark III hydraulic clutch with aeroquip hose.

The Electrics:The conduit for the power is a new, period cotton wrapped wiring harness, a new battery and all new components but the external view is wholly original with period headlights and rear lights.

The Cockpit:Comfort is assured with two tan leather trimmed bucket seats with harnesses and the view is through a racing alloy and perspex screen. Some considerable additional weather protection is afforded by a tailored mohair tonneau cover fixed with chrome fittings and featuring a full length centre zipper. Instruments include original speedometer and tachometer, a racing safety cut off switch, period mirrors and switchgear.

The Body:When starting this project, the owner sought out the man who has supplied and built DB3S bodies on behalf of Bill Monk. Drawings were made carefully because this car was based on an original DB2/4 chassis which is longer than the original’s space frame. Too often, this difference would be allowed for with overhangs and the car loses the purity of proportion of the original. Not so in this case – the hand built alloy body was crafted “losing” the surplus length of chassis in the cockpit doors meaning that the car makes no compromise in its aesthetics and certainly none in the craftsmanship of its production. Painted in British Racing Green, the car features all new grommets, nuts and bolts. Built for the touring enthusiast, the boot is capacious and lockable with the spare wheel secured. The final touches are shown with period external hinges to the doors presenting a true Recreation – dubbed a Sanction II by its enthusiastic builder.

MOT History

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Service and Maintenance Record

04.05.05- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Moto-Lita

16” Aston original equipment steering wheel

12.05.05- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Thin Automotive

Alloy cap flange 3.5”, steel blanking plug, Aston Cap

17.05.05- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Machine parts

22.07.05- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Limora

2 x bucket seats

03.08.05- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

LH/RH brake caliper mounts, rear clevis pin handbrake, eccentric felt seal, screws for rear brake cylinder, stud, kingpin seal for Mark III drums, king pin sealing washer, king pin bush x 4 front axle needle bearing x 2, Trailing link pin front suspension x 2 Eccentric pin bush x 2

08.11.05- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Dowel U bolt rear axles x 4, rear shoes relined in carbotech kellate, set of brake shoe cores for relining, hub oil seal, caliper mounting bolts, FF EX twin stainless manifold, rear telescopic shock absorber kit, rebound rubber, hub studs, dished washers, silentbloc bush, cotter pin, inner and outer front bearings, trailing link pin needle rollers

03.11.05- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Europa Specialist Spares

G. Master cylinder integral reserve, aluminium clips, vintage hinges

14.11.05- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Europa Specialist Spares

Door/bonnet handle, door/bonnet hinge (one pair per door), hydraulic brake light switch, boot hinges x 2, no. 2 lock slide exit tongue.

05.12.05- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Axle bracket, king pin bush x 4, eccentric pin felt seal x 6, eccentric pin bush x 4, grub screw socket for locking eccentric pin.

26.01.06- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Anglo Parts, Mechelen

Various parts

09.02.06- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Lightweight starter motor, RH/LH rear cylinders

01.03.06- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Anglo Parts, Mechelen

Bolts x 8

20.04.06- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Anglo Parts, Mechelen

Fuel hose and ancillaries

02.05.06- Mileage: m/a.- Service Agent: Anglo Parts Mechelen

Various parts

25.08.06- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Gearbox rubber mount, engine mount, 3 x bump stops, lower rear ink silentbloc bush x 4, felt seal x 4, ali adaptor rear axle silentbloc, lower trailing link rear suspension bolts x 2, 2 x axle straps, nyloc nut x 4, top link panhard rod silentbloc x 6, bolt, eye end rear trailing arm, dished washer, silentbloc bush aux front arm x 3, king pin x 2, nyloc nuts x 50,

13.12.06- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Pinion oil seal

30.12.06- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

King pin cotter pin x 2, chrome domed valve cover bolts x 16, 5/16th nyloc nuts x 20, water transfer pipe gaskets x 4, 3/8th nyloc nuts x 20

11.08.07- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Stainless steel manifold, exhaust manifold, FF400F springs x 4, bottom gasket set, contact points, downpipe cup fittings x 2

04.10.07- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Miscellaneous parts

29.10.07- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Rear trailing arm eye end, Neoprene oil seal pinion, steering bell crank oil seal, rebound rubber x 2, felts seal x 9, grease nipple x 4, Gearbox output shaft oil seal, gearbox input shaft oil seal, shocker link.

26.11.07- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Rear lower link bush silentbloc x 4, Panhard road top link silentbloc x 8, bulbholder/reflector, body gasket x 2, slotted screws, chrome liner ring x 2, fixing plate, high performance starter motor, manifolds, carb/manifold kit, loom rhd/lhd, bump stop x 2, aluminium radiator, outer chrome rim

07.03.08- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Slotted screw headlamp bowl, , bolt, trailing arm cotter pin, axle shaft bolt, king pin bush x 2, king pin cotter pin x 3, king pin sealing washer, steering column gaiter, Dished washer felt retainer, 3/8th “ nyloc nut x 25,

08.07.08- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Contact points, axle strap fixing plate, spark plug rubber shroud x 6, distributor cap, high performance Magnacor HT leads, ignitor unit, grease nipples x 3, dust seal

02.09.10- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

By-pass pipe, manifold water pump inlet

04.10.10- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Road spring x 4, ¼” nyloc nut x 100

13.10.10- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Rear hub left side and right side, rear lower link silentbloc bush x 2

25.10.10- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Think Automotive

Special assembly brake hoses and other hoses and connectors

06.12.10- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: SC Parts Group

6 x 16 stainless steel wire wheels

10.12.10- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

King pin cotter pin, felt seal, retaining washer, front trailing link pin x 116, grease nipple, lock tab, circlips, track rod end gaiters

04.01.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Service Dorset

Idler spindle bearing, special grommet

22.01.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Gearlever retaining screw, thrust bearing, grease nipple, x 4, grease nipple stub x 4, VB6 angle drive rev counter and non o/drive speedo replacement unit, front suspension tailing link pin, 3/8” nyloc nut x 10, R/H thread track rod end, liner.

18.02.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Brass synchro rings, bellcrank circlip, clutch operating lever silentbloc bush, gearbox rubber mounts, engine mounts, crankshaft oil seals x 2, VB6J head set gaskets, VB6 conversion set gaskets

20.02.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Longstone Tyres

185 HR16 Vredestein classic tyres, 16F RET Michelin TR13 Tubes

24.07.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Twin manifolds graphite seals x 3, side entry distributor cap, rolled thread, heat treated stud hubs x 41, fillister screw headlamp rim, inlet manifold stud

12.08.14- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Set of 6 forged pistons 9.5:1

24.10.14- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Timothy J Stamper

Oil suction pipe O ring seal x 4, inner valve spring, fuel sender gasket, bushes x 2, fibre washer for drain bung

30.0.14- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: MEV Spares

Slave cylinder x 2

24.03.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Buycarparts.co.uk

V belts x 2

30.03.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Europa Specialist Spares

Oil temp sender, silicon bend, silicon tube, single lock seat runner, racetech oil temp gauge

11.04.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Moss Europe Ltd

Bolts, nuts, rad fan straps, number plate lens, bulbs, connectors, bullet crimps

11.05.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Moss Europe Ltd

Spacer, 4 point harness x 2, over riders,

24.06.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Moss Europe Ltd

Bullet crimps, silver turn buttons, NT lead, fan switch

16.07.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Europa Specialist Spares

Silicon bend

17.12.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Think Automotive

Special assembly consisting of ½ BSP FML 90 ½” hose swaged in stainless 100R6 hose ½” ID = special assembly consisting of 7/16 UNF for hose bulkhead to convert above to a flat. To make 2 hoses 7/16 UNF M – 3/8 UNF FML 400mm overall

24.12.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Anglo Parts, Mechelen

H/B cable

30.12.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Moss Europe

H/lamp rim gasket, bolts/spacers, push/pull switch, pull switch, brake fluid, Evans autocool. 25ft Kumifer x ¼ OD

31.12.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Anglo Parts, Mechelen

Rheostat switch, bayonet bulb, amber lens, cam/assy lube

13.01.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Moss Europe

25 ft Kunifer x 5/16 OD, col mounting bracket, light rheostat knob, side/head knob, wiper knob, fog light knob, master cylinder push rod

13.01.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Lewys/Co Anderlecht

Cables x 2

03.02.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Europa Specialist Spares

Radiator filler neck tube

08.02.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Moss Europe

Dip switch, glazing rubber, radiator drain tap, Evans classic cool.

09.02.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Moss Europe

Indicator relay, spring jet lever,

11.04.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Brise

Aluminium fabrication – water header tanks as diagram


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