What makes a car an automobile a classic? Sleek curves, superb performance, and stylish elegance are among a few of the reasons. The 1958 Aston Martin DB Mk III Drophead Coupe is an example of such a car.
A steel body over a steel frame, the 1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III was not a speed horse, but the elements of her construction certainly distinguished her as a classic. Elements that made this distinction include the unique grill styling, and the inclusion of front disc brakes as standard with aluminum alfoin drums for rear braking.
In 1947 Aston Martin found itself with a new owner, Sir David Brown. This auto enthusiast took Aston Martin in a positive direction that placed in on the automotive world map. When the DB2 was introduced it featured a straight-six engine and dual overhead cam. The adaptation of a Lagonda engine helped to establish the company’s presence in the world of racing and paved the way for introduction to the consumer market. In addition, dual carburetors helped with performance improvement.
Two coupe versions of the DB III were produced, a Fixed Head Coupe and a Drophead Coupe. In all, 84 coupes sported the Drophead, while a limited 5 featured the Fixed Head. Both of these beauties are admired by auto enthusiasts. Though by many of today’s standards the DB Mark III would not be considered the top in speed performance, it did manage to go from 0 – 60 in under 10 seconds. The Coupe offers automotive excellence.
The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta was first sold for nine thousand dollars. This beautiful car quickly became used within races and won on a number of occasions. One of these incredible cars recently sold at auction for an astonishing 1.54 million dollars proving quality is vital.
Enzo Ferrari made the decision in the 1950’s to produce racing cars for customers with the funds and desire to own such a vehicle. The Ferrari 250 Gt was a force to be reckoned with as soon as it began its first race. Winning the Tour de France on the first try was a major turning point for the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta. One hundred and three cars started the exceedingly difficult event and only 36 made it to the finish line. A major feat considering that professional racers were driving competing vehicles that had long dominated the racing industry.
Only 84 of the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta’s were ever built. The construction was overseen by Carrozzeria Scaglietti who specifically designed the vehicle for racing. This extraordinary car boasted a three liter, V12 engine with 280 horse power and had the potential to reach unbelievable speeds. The Berlinetta had a 2800mm wheelbase and was an entirely hand crafted car.
The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta acquired a newly designed gearbox with a driver friendly location for the shifting lever. Berlinetta’s engine obtained modifications on the cylinder heads and intake manifolds. The crank shaft and valves were given an overhaul to help increase productivity and speed. The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta was as luxurious as it was a complete workhorse.