Aston Martin 1959 

DB 4
DB 4 GT – September
DB Mk III – end of prod. in autumn.

 

 

Aston Martin DB Mk III Drophead Coupé and Saloon were continued until autumn with modifications which included a hydraulic booster for the braking system and an alternative choice of-2922-cc-engine: a Special series engine with three SU carburettors or Competition engine with three Weber carburettors. A Fixed-head Coupé with the Special series engine and twin exhausts as standard was added in the late spring.
The new DB4 Saloon is a close-coupled four-seater, styled by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan and built by Tickford in England. The impressive car has a sloping roof which merge neatly into the tail that housing a completely separate luggage boot-the first post-war Aston Martin in which the boot did not link with the passenger compartment-and a traditional Aston Martin front end. The 3.7-litre six-cylinder engine, which is a direct development from the 'Le Mans-bred' DBR2/370 unit, develops 240 bhp at 5500 rpm.
DB 4 GT – a shorter, more powerfull version of the saloon was introduced in September.


 


 


DB Mk III

 


DB Mk III

 


DB 4


DB 4


DB 4 GT

 

DBR 1           
1st 24h Le Mans DBR 1 #5 Salvadori/Shelby
2nd 24h Le Mans DBR 1   Trintignant/Frere
1st Tourist Trophy DBR 1   Moss/Fairman/Shelby
1st 1000km Nürburgring DBR 1   Moss/ Fairman
 


DBR 1 at Le Mans


Aston Martin DBR1/300, winner of the 1959 World Sports Car Championship. Shown is Roy Salvadori winning Le Mans; together with Shelby, as co-driver, the car covered 2701 miles. A DBR1/300 also came second. The other successes were the 1000 km Nürburgring (Moss and Fairman as drivers) and the Tourist Trophy (Moss, Shelby and Fairman).