A rare Aston Martin which starred on the racetrack and in the cinema is expected to sell for £7 MILLION next month
The iconic DB3S began life in 1954 as the personal road car of David Brown, the wealthy owner of the Aston Martin.
But when three DB3S racers were destroyed in a series of crashes, the Aston Martin Works team commandeered Mr Brown’s car.
They then carried out a number of modifications to convert it from a high-performance road car into a frontline racer.
Engineers gave it an aluminum body-shell and upgraded to full Works specification.
Performance comes from a 3-litre engine with 220bhp – giving the sports car a top speed of more than 150mph.
It was then driven by Peter Collins, Roy Salvadori, and Sir Stirling Moss at a number of top end races including the Mille Miglia, Spa Grand Prix and Nurburgring 1,000kms
The car, known as chassis 5, was later used in the 1960’s movie School for Scoundrels starring Terry-Thomas.
Its current owner has decided to sell the car at Bonhams’ annual Aston Martin Works sale on May 21 in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.
The DB3S has been given an guide price of £6 million to £7 million, potentially making it the second most expensive Aston Martin ever sold publicly.
Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Head Motoring, said: “Few cars that have appeared in film can also boast an association with so many great names from the heyday of the British racing sports car, but this Aston Martin DB3S does just that.”