1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII

1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII - retro road test-review/Reader Martin Gee ponders the hard-driven life of an Aston DB MkIII – before driving it himself 2019 Rob Cooper and Drive-My EN/UK

Additional Info

  • Logo: Logo
  • Year: 1958
  • Body: Coupe
  • Cd/Cx: 0.44
  • Type: Petrol
  • Engine: 3.0-litre L6
  • Aspirate: Natural
  • Power: 162bhp at 5500rpm
  • Torque: 180lb ft at 4000rpm
  • Drive: RWD
  • Trnsms: Manual 4-spd
  • Weight: 1270kg
  • Economy: 10mpg
  • Speed: 120mph
  • 0-60mph: 9.3sec
  • Price: £115k,000


1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII

Engine 2922cc inline-six, dohc, twin SU HV6 carburettors

Max Power 162bhp @ 5500rpm

Max torque 180lb ft @ 4000rpm

Transmission four-speed manual with optional overdrive, rear-wheel drive

Steering Marles worm-and-roller steering box

Suspension Independent with coil springs and Armstrong dampers front, live axle with Panhard rod, trailing links, coil springs and Armstrong dampers rear

Brakes Girling discs front, Alfin drums rear

Weight 1270kg (2800lb)


Top speed: 120mph

0-60mph: 9.3sec

Fuel consumption 10mpg

Cost new £3076 CC

Price Guide £115k-£220k


Martin admires the MkIII’s versatility – a lazy cruise is always possible but a soul-stirring blast is a only a downchange or two away.

Owner Bruce, reader Martin and scribe Emma discuss the finer points of Tadek Marek’s revisions to the Lagonda straight-six Driving the MkIII requires physicality and forward planning, but it rewards with tactility and the right amount of drama, surmises Martin.

‘The engine bay is very accessible, a plus point over my Jaguar XK150 – you could climb in here if you wanted to’

In Martin’s eyes, the MkIII corrected the misgivings of its forebears while roadmapping Aston Martin’s foundations until the early Seventies It’s 9am and Martin is itching to start work.

Worm-and-roller steering proves reliably precise.

Martin loves the tactility of the rivets in the wooden rim.



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