Important slices of motorsport history are rarely more beautiful, or successful, than this. Yup, we’re saving the best (for us, anyway) ‘til last – an Aston Martin DB3S from the golden era of sports car racing.
The car up for grabs is the second of 10 surviving Aston works cars and the actual machine that won the Goodwood Nine Hours in 1953. Reg Parnell, partnered by Eric Thompson, brought DB3S/2 home two laps ahead of the nearest non-Aston competition, one of the Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar C-Types.
The car went on to compete in many of the world’s most gruelling events – Le Mans, Sebring, Buenos Aires, the Mille Miglia – at the hands of some motorsport’s greatest drivers, not just Parnell but also Roy Salvadori and most famously Peter Collins. Collins loved the car so much he bought it from the factory and kept racing it. It was partly down to his success in this car that Ferrari signed him.
With many of the works DB3S suffering racing damage and being rebuilt and updated in period, DB3S/2 has remained highly original, with its drop-dead gorgeous looks true to how designer Frank Feeley drew them in the 1950s.
In recent times DB3S/2 has been a regular historic racer at events including the Goodwood Revival, as well as being a star of the concours lawns. Then as now, it also makes a stonking road car, and it still wears the UDV 609 registration number that Peter Collins gave it all those years ago.
Photography courtesy of RM Sotheby's.