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Aston Martin DB3S Fixed Head Coupe, Chassis DB3S120, at the 2002 Goodwood Festival of Speed WM

Aston Martin DB3S Fixed Head Coupe, Chassis DB3S120, at the 2002 Goodwood Festival of Speed, by Wouter Melissen - Ultimatecarpage.com

The Aston Martin DB3S was a sports racing car built by Aston Martin as a replacement for the heavy and uncompetitive Aston Martin DB3.

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 somewhat more successful than the Aston Martin DB3.

The DB3S was later replaced in 1956 by the DBR1.

Chassis numbers

The 11 works cars had chassis numbers from DB3S/1 to DB3S/11, with the 11th works car never being raced by Aston Martin. The 20 customer cars had three digit chassis numbers, from DB3S/101 to DB3S/120 - see photo.

Coupé's

Originally two works Aston Martin DB3S fixed head coupé's were made. The change was to make them more aerodynamic than the open top bodied cars. However they were unstable at high speeds, creating a lot of lift caused by the new bodies and both crashed at the 1954 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Both coupé's were then rebuilt as open bodied cars.

Three of the production cars were also fitted with a coupe body, all slightly different. These were not quite as powerful as the works racers so the lift wasn't a big issue. Of the three Fixed Head production cars one was recently rebodied to roadsters but the other two still exist - see photo.

Chassis information

Included are a list of victories by each chassis under Aston Martin.

  • DB3S/1
    • 1953 Charterhall
    • 1953 British Empire Trophy
    • 1953 Charterhall(2)
    • 1953 Castle Coombe
    • 1954 Silverstone
  • DB3S/2
    • 1953 B.A.R.C. Goodwood
  • DB3S/3
    • 1954 Silverstone
  • DB3S/4
    • 1953 B.R.D.C. Silverstone
    • 1953 Ulster TT Dundrod
  • DB3S/5 - Converted from David Brown's road car
    • 1954 B.O.C. Prescott
    • 1955 B.A.R.C. Crystal Palace
    • 1956 B.A.R.C. Goodwood
    • 1956 B.A.R.C. Aintree
    • 1956 B.A.R.C. Aintree(2)
  • DB3S/6 - Originally a coupé, rebodied as an open top car.
    • 1955 B.R.D.C. Silverstone
  • DB3S/7 - Originally a coupé, rebodied as an open top car.
    • 1955 B.A.R.C. Aintree
    • 1955 Silverstone
    • 1955 B.A.R.C. Goodwood
    • 1956 B.A.R.C. Goodwood
  • DB3S/8
    • 1955 Spa Production Sports Car race
    • 1955 Oulton Park
  • DB3S/9 - Featured an aerodynamic headrest
    • 1956 Oulton Park
  • DB3S/10 - Featured an aerodynamic headrest
    • None
  • DB3S/11 - Not raced under Aston Martin
    • None
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