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
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.