1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III Fastback Coupe / AM300/3/1451 Chassis Information

1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III
Fastback Coupe
Chassis #: AM300/3/1451
Engine # DBA/1056
Sold for $1,072,500 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey.
David Brown had an agenda when he made the move to unite Aston Martin and Lagonda. He had a vision. Unfortunately, the engine he had available to power that vision wasn't enough. Lagonda held the key to what would become an icon of the British automotive industry.

W.O. Bentley had a disagreement with Tim Birkin about supercharging one of his Bentley's. He had always been a purist and a string of success at Le Mans seemed to suggest he knew what he was doing.

Upon leaving for Lagonda, Bentley would set about designing champion. David Brown had a vision of a 2-liter sports car for Aston Martin. Unfortunately, the 1.9-liter he had available to him just didn't live up to Brown's vision. Bentley's engine did. Therefore, Brown would buy and unite Aston Martin and Lagonda and, instantaneously, he would have the engine for which he longed.

The Lagonda 2.6-liter engine would transform Brown's DB2 coupe into a very competitive sports car. This would lead to various model evolutions and updates from 1950 onwards. In 1957, the vision would continue with the DB2 Mk III.

Powered by a 178bhp 2.9-liter DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, the DB2 Mk III carried on the tradition. By 1957, just a little less than 1,200 examples of the DB2s and DB2/4s had been produced. That same year, the final iteration of the line would begin production. The final and considered to be the pinnacle expression of Brown's vision, the DB Mk III would add 551 units to that tally revealing just how good that final expression truly was.

Chassis AM300/3/1451 bears all of what made the DB Mk III the best. One of just 84 examples of the Drophead Coupe, this particular chassis would be all the more rare in that it would be among the half of those 84 that would ever be completed with left-hand drive. In addition, the car would be a DB2/4 meaning it had folding panel that revealed additional seating for two. Girling disc brakes on the front and part of the line that introduced the world to the now obvious Aston Martin grille, this car is about as iconic as they come.

Sadly, this car's history before 2000 is very much a mystery. However, what is now known is that, once it emerged from storage, it underwent extensive restoration work. Kevin Kay Restorations would earn the commission for the project and would set about performing a complete body-off effort.

Considered now to be one of the finest examples of the DB2/4, this car would be completed in 2010 and would sport an optional dual exhaust and a five-speed manual gearbox developed by Kevin Kay Restorations. In addition, KKR would choose to fit the car with triple SU carburetors, which happened to be a factory option in 1958, of which the car is an example.

Restoration costs totaling more than $400,000, it would be easy to understand why this car is considered one of the best examples of the line. Completed in Aston Green metallic paint with factory-optional Borrani wire wheels, this car has all the touches.

Finished with all the extras and an excellent example of Brown's vision for an Aston Martin sports car, this 1958 DB2/4 Mk III would be offered for sale as part of RM Sotheby's 2015 Monterey auction. Expectations for the car were high as the restoration efforts and the rarity of the car caused estimates to range from between $700,000 and $900,000.

By Jeremy McMullen


2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$700,000-$900,000 
Sale Price :
$1,072,500

2019 2
2018 3
2017 2
2016 2
2015 4
2014 3
2013 6
2012 3
2011 8
2010 7

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$199,898$235,5462
2018$395,293$523,6943
2017$288,227$302,5002
2016$418,908$652,5332
2015$499,643$1,072,5004
2014$503,319$1,012,0003
2013$261,241$440,0006
2012$168,013$209,0003
2011$197,367$298,8668
2010$201,765$330,0007

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1958 sales)
1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII
Sold for $164,250
  2019 Silverstone - Classic Cars & Competition Cars
 
1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk III
Chassis#: AM300/3/1394
Sold for $235,546
  2019 RM Sothebys : Paris
 
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon
Chassis#: AM300/3/1612
Sold for $143,254
  2018 Bonhams : London Olympia
 
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: AM300/3/1609
Sold for $518,931
  2018 Bonhams : The Bond Street Sale
 
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: AM300/3/1759
Sold for $523,694
  2018 Bonhams : The Aston Martin Sale
 
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon
Chassis#: AM/300/3/1529
Sold for $273,953
  2017 Bonhams : The Aston Martin Sale
 
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III by Tickford
Chassis#: AM/300/3/1359
Sold for $302,500
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III image  1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III image  
1958 ASTON MARTIN DB MARK III DROPHEAD COUPÉ
Chassis#: AM300/3/1492
Sold for $652,533
  2016 Bonhams : The Aston Martin Works Sale
 
1958 Aston DB2/4 Mark III
Chassis#: AM300/3/1781
Sold for $185,283
  2016 Coys : Autosport International
 
1958 Aston Martin DB MK III Saloon
Chassis#: AM300/3/1696
Sold for $328,601
  2015 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk III Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: AM300/3/1451
Sold for $1,072,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III image  
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon Coachwork by Tickford One o
Sold for $212,472
  2015 Coys Blenheim Palace Summer Sale
 
1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk III
Chassis#: AM300/3/1564
Sold for $385,000
  2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 
1958 Aston Martin DB Mk III Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: AM300/3/1402
Sold for $1,012,000
  2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III image  
1958 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III DROPHEAD COUPÉ PROJECT
Chassis#: AM300/3/1430
Sold for $242,418
  2014 THE ASTON MARTIN WORKS SALE
 
1958 ASTON MARTIN DB MKIII SPORTS SALOON
Chassis#: AM300/3/1690
Sold for $255,538
  2014 THE ASTON MARTIN WORKS SALE
 
1958 Aston Martin DB MK III
Sold for $268,134
  2013 Coys Auction - A236 True Greats
 
1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk III
Chassis#: AM300/3/1395
Sold for $440,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III image  1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III image  
1958 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 MKIII COUPE
Sold for $270,783
  2013 Artcurial - Automobiles Sur Les Champs 5
 
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon
Chassis#: AM300/3/1698
Sold for $325,040
  2013 Bonhams - The Aston Martin Works Sale: Aston Martin and Lagonda Motor Cars
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1958 Aston-Martin DB2-4 Mark IIIAM 300 3 5232017 Motostalgia : Amelia Island $275,000$325,000
1958 Aston Martin DB 2/4 MKIIIAM300 / 3 / 13782016 Artcurial : LeMans Classic $310,000$350,000
1958 ASTON MARTIN DB MARK III SPORTS SALOONAM300/3/17562016 Bonhams : The Aston Martin Works Sale $170,000$210,000
1958 Aston Martin DB MK III SaloonAM300/3/16932014 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum   
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII SaloonAM300/3/15062014 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival $200,000$250,000
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports SaloonAM300/3/15322013 Coys Techno Classica $110,000$135,000
1958 Aston Martin DB Mk III CoupeAM300/3/16222012 RMAutomobiles of Arizona$210,000$250,000$300,000
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark IIIAM 300 317202011 Coys Auction Blenheim Palace $60,000$80,000
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIIIAM/3/16902011 Coys Auction Blenheim Palace $95,000$115,000
1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III CoupéAM300/3/15372011 RM Auctions Salon Privé$90,000$95,000$125,000
1958 Aston Martin DB MK IIIA CoupeAM300/3/13862011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions$197,500$200,000$250,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB 2/4 MKIII1957 FastBack Coupe
Coachbuilder: Tickford
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB 2/4 MKIII1957 FastBack Coupe
Coachbuilder: Tickford
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB 2/4 MKIII1957 DropHead Coupe
Chassis Num: AM.300/1265
Engine Num: VB6J/890/1
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB 2/4 MKIII1957 FastBack Coupe
Coachbuilder: Tickford
Chassis Num: AM/300/3/1345
Engine Num: DBA/1004
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB 2/4 MKIII1957 FastBack Coupe
Coachbuilder: Tickford
Chassis Num: AM/300/3/1380
Engine Num: DBA 998
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB 2/4 MKIII1957 FastBack Coupe
Coachbuilder: Tickford
Chassis Num: AM300/3/1363
Engine Num: DBA/981
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III1958 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Tickford
Chassis Num: AM 300/3/1333
Engine Num: DBA/959
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III1958 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Tickford
Chassis Num: AM/300/3/1359
Engine Num: DBA 1001
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III1958 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: AM300/3/1386
Engine Num: 1029
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III1958 Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Tickford
Chassis Num: AM300/3/1395
Engine Num: DBA/1032
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III1958 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Tickford
Chassis Num: AM300/3/1402
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III1958 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: AM300/3/1451
Engine Num: DBA/1056
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III1958 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: AM300/3/1624
Engine Num: DBA 1242
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/41959 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Tickford
Chassis Num: AM/300/3/1564
Engine Num: DBA 1207
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/41959 Drophead Coupe
Chassis Num: AM30031751
Engine Num: DBD1420
Chassis information for the Aston Martin DB2/4 MKIII1960 Saloon
Chassis Num: AM300/3/1728
Engine Num: DBA/1346

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