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Make Aston Martin History          
Year 1934
Owned by a Mr. Shaw in 1953 when the car was entered in the MCC London - Edinburgh Trial, won a 3rd class award. Owned in Rhodesia by John Weir c1960/70s. Later went to South Africa, where it was owned by Griffiths, Silverman, then Peter Sutcliffe in Durban around 1975/76. Owned by a Mr. Rossbach in 1985 then P. Fino Jr of the USA in 1992. Probably the car registered S-46138, photographed at a race meeting in Rhodesia in the 1950s. 
Model
1 1/2-litre 3rd series MKII
Chassis No. E4/442/S
Engine No. KO85
Coachbuilder  
Body Style 2/4 seater
Colours Black
           
Registration Numbers  CPC 682, CIG 113, GY 541
References
 
 

1934 Aston MartinAston Martin




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Year 1958
This very impressive example of Aston's coachbuilt drophead from the late fifties with the updated bonnet that looks so similar to the DB3S. This car was  delivered new to Rhodesia in October 1958 and was in the ownership of a Mr.  J.P. Younger. It was brought back to this country in 1973 by a Mr. Molins of  Belgrave Square, London but by 1975 had found its way to Bristol once again  into the care of Mr. J.P. Younger. The climate was clearly kind to the car but it  has nevertheless benefited from a thorough restoration that was undertaken in  the late nineties. The current owner had the car inspected by a well known and  highly regarded engineer before he bought it in 2003 and this exemplary report is still in the history file. The car has been well maintained with all bills available and drives accordingly. The car is fitted with an overdrive. £175 000 Hall & Bradfield Ltd.
Model DB MKIII
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Drophead coupe
Colours              
Registration Numbers BLF 573 H References www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C50529
 
AM Drophead



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Year 1955
3-litre - Owned by Martin Hobbs, having been imported by his father James Royston Marshall in 1986. Restored between 1987 and 1989 and sold to Mike Hollinshead in 1989. Subsequently sold on again.
Model DB2/4 Mk1
Chassis No. LML/974
Engine No. VB6J 507
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers 433-845-V/ZIM
References
 
1955 DB2-4



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Year
Owned by Anthony Wales-Smith an Architect in Harare, possibly owned since new.
Model DB2/4
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Make Aston Martin                                          
History          
Year 1957
LHD. Sold new in March 1957 to a Belgian customer, a Mr. Therasse. Used extensively extensively by Mr. Therasse, most likely for racing. Sold to G.V.S. Pearson of Brussels in early 1960, then sold to an unknown South Africa buyer later that year, by now painted dark green. Believed to have been raced in Rhodesia till around 1965, the car still carries a Bulawayo Motor Racing Club sticker on the rear window. In long term storage in South Africa till the mid 1990s, when the car went to a private collection in Japan and then to America in 2009 where it was acquired by Dr. Stephen Dudley.
Model DB MKIII
Chassis No. AM/300A/1325
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Saloon
Colours Original colour Peony, a bright, slightly metallic red, black interior - Now dark green
           
Registration Numbers
References Many thanks to Motorsportinangola.blogspot.com
 
1957
                        A-MBMRC
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Year  
Graham Whitehead at the works by Arthur Birks for 1959, registered 900 B1I and was the only DBR1 in private ownership . 1959 Whitehead crashed at the British Empire Trophy meeting at Oulton Park, finished 3rd at the Easter Goodwood meeting, 5th at Silverstone in May and 2nd at Elaintahanajo in Finland in May. Whitehead/Naylor retired at the Nurburgring and crashed at Le Mans. Whitehead withdrew Tourist Trophy so that Aston Martin use his pit after theirs had been destroyed by fire. In 1960 Whitehead/Taylor retired at the Nurburgring and Fairman won the larger-capacity class of the Rouen Grand Prix. Fairman drove and retired the DBR1 in the Angolan Grand Prix. Whitehead drove the car at the Belvedere track at Salisbury and at the Marlborough meeting in 1961, retired at both and sold it on to George Phaff in Rhodesia about 1961/2. George raced it in Rhodesia and neighbouring countries before selling it to Jaap van Tilburg in South Africa
Model DBR1/5
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours
           
Registration Numbers  900 BH References www.classiccars.com/chassis/aston.htm
 
DBR1-5

 

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Year  
Seen at Puzey & Payne for repairs 1970s.
Model DB4
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Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours Cream or silver            
Registration Numbers   References Nick Wood
 
 

 

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Year  
Noted in Zimbabwe in 1984, appears to have been in the Country since the early 1970s. In Canada in 1992.
Model DB4
Chassis No. DB4/113/R
Engine No. 370/PP/109
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers 84-523-X/RHO
References AMOC
 
 

 

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Year  
Acquired by Malcolm Hill in 1976 for R$2500. Completely restored over about 1000 hours. Sold when he moved to South Africa. At one stage Malcolm also looked after another DB4 and a DB6.
Model DB4
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder
Body Style Superleggera grand tourer
Colours White            
Registration Numbers   References Unknown South African magazine
 
DB4
 


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Year  
Possibly a series 4 - Owned by a British chap, Grant Ballantyne?, living in Salisbury around 1971-74. Car was left in Rhodesia when he returned to the UK, unknown who acquired it.
Model DB4 Superleggera
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours Red            
Registration Numbers   References Rick Fenner
 
 



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Year 1967
Five-speed manual gearbox and power-assisted steering. Sold new via Lazenby Garages Ltd to its first owner, a Mr G Myerson of Midland Chambers, London Road, Leicester. The chassis card lists the Vantage engine, chromed road wheels, heated rear screen, Bosch European radio, power aerial and two safety belts as non-standard equipment. Later owned by a Mr P Jacques of Higham-on-the-Hill, Warwickshire. The car
subsequently went Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, returning to the UK circa 1982 when it was imported by one R Carter, a television reporter. Mr Carter had extensive works carried out by Hyde Vale including repairs to the sills and jacking points. For sale in 2011 through Bonhams, the vendore having acquired the car in 1985, sold for £87,300 (with premium).
Model DB6 Vantage
Chassis No. DB6/3125/R
Engine No. 400/3157/VC
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sports saloon
Colours Blue with tan interior
           
Registration Numbers  LBC 512 E
References Bonhams 2011
 
31253125



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Year 1968
Imported into Rhodesia from the UK by James Royston Marshall in 1978.
Model DB6 Vantage
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours
           
Registration Numbers 315-227-M/RHO
References
 
1968 DB6 Vantage

 

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Year 1968
Acquired in 1979 by Peter Grove from B&B Motors, Jameson Avenue, Salisbury. Sold in 1980 to a Dr. Moore in Salisbury.
Model DB6
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours Metallic peacock green with red upholstery
           
Registration Numbers 191-895-F/RHO
References Peter Grove
 
DB6

 

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Year  
Noted in Salisbury in the 1970s
Model DB6
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours Darkish Turquoise            
Registration Numbers   References Nick Wood
 
 

 

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Year 1966
RHD, Vantage spec - Built in 1966 (registered 29th June) but not sold till 1967 (manufacturers guarantee issued 22nd December 1967), sold to someone in Kitwe, Zambia. For sale in the UK at some stage, seller having acquired the car in 1995. Undergone cosmetic improvements including new paintwork. NOTE - Car may have gone to South Africa rather than Zambia, first owner was a Mr. G.R. Easton, who had name plates with his name fitted to the flanks of the car. The car stayed in South Africa with a further two owners till 1996 when it was imported to Southern France by Mr. Hearve Muslin. Acquired by The Aston Workshop in 1998 and sold to a Mr. Nettleton.
Model DB6 Vantage
Chassis No. DB6/2848/RN
Engine No. 400/2839/V
Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours Blue with white gold interior, now silver with natural leather interior.
           
Registration Numbers YMO 269 F
References AMOC Member, www.allastonmartin.com
 
28482848

 

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Year  
In Salisbury, manual with aircon, went to Perth in 1982 with Nick Hurley. Seen in 1992 sprayed gunmetal grey, and said to have been fitted with an automatic transmission.
Model DB6
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Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours Light metallic turquoise            
Registration Numbers   References Nick Wood
 
 

 

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Year  
Owned by someone in Kariba, Zimbabwe. Later acquired by B. Bichard.
Model DBS
Chassis No. DBS/5416/PAC
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours Red
           
Registration Numbers   References
 
A-M DBS
 


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Year  
Shipped 20.03.1984 to Harare, Zimbabwe. Still in Harare in 2007 with a Mr. Khalfan.
Model Lagonda
Chassis No. LOOR 13335
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours York red with magnolia interior
           
Registration Numbers   References AMOC Member
 
 

 

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