The DB 2/4 Mark III (commonly simply identified as DB Mark III, even at the time of its introduction) is usually a sports activities automobile offered by Aston Martin from 1957 right up until 1959. It had been an evolution of your DB2/4 Mark II product it changed, working with an evolution of that car's W.O. Bentley-designed Lagonda 2.nine L (2922 cc/178 inÂ³) straight-6 engine, redesigned by Tadek Marek.
Modifications provided the front grille, that might turn out to be the shape of all foreseeable future Aston Martin models, a whole new instrument panel, and available Girling disc brakes. The hydraulically operated clutch was new at the same time, and an optional Laycock-de Normanville overdrive that was hooked up to your STD 4 pace gearbox soon after the first 100 autos as well as an computerized transmission were offered. Worm-and-sector steering as well as a stay axle rear finish were have overs. On the rear, the DB2/4 Mark II's tailfins (after the first few early autos) were altered to implement the back lights through the Humber Hawk.
The normal DBA motor design with twin SU carburettors developed 162 hp (121 kW), although an optional dual-exhaust method (a claimed sixteen b.h.p. raise) lifted this into a reputed 178 hp (133 kW). So outfitted, the car could achieve 60 mph (ninety seven km/h) in nine.3 seconds and strike one hundred twenty mph (193 km/h). An optional high-output DBB engine with a few twin-choke Weber 35 DCO three carburettors, special very long duration camshafts, high compression 8.6:one pistons as well as dual-exhaust procedure boasted 195 hp (one hundred forty five kW), however this was rarer ( 10 automobiles therefore outfitted) when compared to the mid-level DBD choice with triple SU 1.75" carbs and a hundred and eighty hp (134 kW) also using the twin exhaust system, equipped to forty seven automobiles.
Just one vehicle was fitted while using the special DBC levels of competition engine having a reputed 214 b.h.p., this was equipped with racing camshafts, exclusive connecting rods, incredibly higher compression pistons (quite possibly nine.five:one) & a few twin-choke Weber 45 DCO 3 carburettors.
Girling disc brakes ended up fitted as standard towards the front wheels of all MkIII Astons just after the first one hundred had been made. Many cars ended up upgraded later. Only five computerized automobiles ended up made from a total of 551.
A 1959 review by Road & Track magazine praised the vehicle for everything but its $7,450 price. "A auto for connoisseurs," they named it. "The Aston has many virtues and couple of faults." Among the faults was too-heavy steering effort, higher door sills, and a stiff ride. Interestingly, R&T failed to comment at all on the car's innovative hatchback body style, complete with fold-down rear seats, although this had been first introduced in the 2/4 MkI in 1953.
Along with the hatchback, two two-seater coupÃ© variants of the Mark III ended up also generated. A Drophead CoupÃ© convertible, while not common, still considerably outnumbers the Fixed Head CoupÃ© - 84 from the former were manufactured, while just five from the latter had been built. All five Fixed Head CoupÃ©s had been built close for the stop of Mark III production and feature the mid-spec DBD engine. Both of these bodystyles feature conventional hinged boot lids rather in comparison to the innovative hatch back.
James Bond drives an Aston Martin DB Mark III in the novel version of Goldfinger, though it is referred to as a "DB III" in the book - indeed, the chapter in which he drives to his famous golf-course encounter using the villain is entitled 'Thoughts in a DB III'. It is the only Bond car or truck in the Ian Fleming novels to have gadgets installed. For the film adaptation five years later, the car was updated towards the Aston Martin DB5 model plus the array of gadgetry was much expanded. It was to become 1 on the most iconic of classic autos as a result.