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