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Three Aston Martin racing cars in full detail ...

This year, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Aston Martin's first and only Le Mans win. Accordingly, the British marque has been featured at several events. Today, we also play our part by highlighting three classic Aston Martin racing cars that have starred or will star at events in 2019. First up is this ex-works DB3S that has been consigned to this month's RM Sotheby's Monterey Auction, which will have an evening dedicated to Aston Martin for the first time. Chassis DB3S/2 was originally built for Le Mans in 1953 where it crashed out early but it would go on to win the Goodwood Nine Hours outright. In more recent years, the DB3S has been part of three major collections and is now expected to sell for in excess of $9 million.
Of a slightly earlier vintage is the DB3 Spider, which was shown at the recent Chantilly Arts & Elegance. Also a works car, it was raced at the Monaco Grand Prix and Mille Miglia in period. Today, DB3/4 is on display in the Louwman Museum but has also been regularly campaigned in the Mille Miglia retrospective.
Although strictly speaking not an Aston Martin, the Nimrod Group C car is today also part of the company's rich racing history. It was built around the mighty Aston Martin quad-cam V8 engine. At the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed, we were treated to the fifth and final example built. It was modified by Ray Mallock in period and then raced at Le Mans in 1984. At Goodwood, Mallock was back in the car to demonstrate the rare Group C machine. Coincidentally, the very first Nimrod is today also part of the Louwman Museum collection.

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1982 - 1984 Aston Martin Nimrod - Images, Specifications and Information

1953 Aston Martin DB3S - Chassis DB3S/2 - Ultimatecarpage.com

1952 Aston Martin DB3 Spider - Chassis DB3/4 - Ultimatecarpage.com
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