SMTS RL97A; Aston Martin DB3S; 1955 24h Le Mans 2nd; Collins & Frere; RN23

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The Aston Martin DB3S is a sports racing car that was built by Aston Martin. Following the failure of the heavy and uncompetitive Aston Martin DB3 designed by Eberan Eberhorst; William Watson, employed as Eberhorst's assistant, presented an alternative design to John Wyer, Aston Martin's competitions manager, whose assistance was needed as Eberhorst could well oppose being up-staged. In total 31 cars were made, with 11 works cars and 20 cars being sold for customer use.

The DB3S was introduced in 1953 and it proved significantly more successful than the Aston Martin DB3. Although the DB3S failed at Le Mans they went on to score a 1-2 at the Tourist Trophy at Dundrod in the 6th round of the inaugural World Sports Car Championship to help Astons to 3rd in the championship. As well there was a win in the non championship Goodwood 9 Hours.

1955 saw a return to form. Astons missed the opening two rounds at Buenos Aires and Sebring and the sole DB3S failed to finish at the Mille Miglia but Collins/Frere finished 2nd at Le Mans and Walker/Poore scored a 4th at the Tourist Trophy behind the dominant 1, 2, 3 of the Mercedes 300SLR to finish 5th in the championship. There was also time for another win in the non championship Goodwood 9 Hours.

This white metal model is by SMTS, it was sourced from a private collection in July 2018

 
SMTS RL97A; Aston Martin DB3S; 1955 24h Le Mans 2nd; Collins & Frere; RN23 SMTS RL97A; Aston Martin DB3S; 1955 24h Le Mans 2nd; Collins & Frere; RN23 SMTS RL97A; Aston Martin DB3S; 1955 24h Le Mans 2nd; Collins & Frere; RN23
SMTS RL97A; Aston Martin DB3S; 1955 24h Le Mans 2nd; Collins & Frere; RN23 SMTS RL97A; Aston Martin DB3S; 1955 24h Le Mans 2nd; Collins & Frere; RN23 SMTS RL97A; Aston Martin DB3S; 1955 24h Le Mans 2nd; Collins & Frere; RN23
SMTS RL97A; Aston Martin DB3S; 1955 24h Le Mans 2nd; Collins & Frere; RN23 SMTS RL97A; Aston Martin DB3S; 1955 24h Le Mans 2nd; Collins & Frere; RN23 SMTS RL97A; Aston Martin DB3S; 1955 24h Le Mans 2nd; Collins & Frere; RN23
     

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