MKIII

Usu­ally termed as be­ing the last of the Feltham cars, although the fi­nal MKIII cars were ac­tu­ally built along­side their even­tual re­place­ment, the DB4, at the New­port Pagnell works. First 100 ex­am­ples fit­ted with drum brakes with op­tional front disc brakes

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1962. The next owner was Leo Critch­ley of Levin, who took over the car on Au­gust 21, 1962, keep­ing it un­til July 1963, when it was sold to Wright Stevenson in Tau­ranga with 36,510 miles (58,757km) show­ing on its odome­ter. In De­cem­ber 1963 the As­ton was sold to Robert­son Cars in Broad­way, New­mar­ket, which on-sold it to Har­riet Meikle on Fe­bru­ary 12, 1964 (39,759 miles/63,986km). The next owner was Regi­nald Cook of Pukekohe in Oc­to­ber 1966 and then, on Novem­ber 3, 1966, it was pur­chased by Bruce Rad­ford (52,455 miles/84,418km) who re­built the en­gine.

On De­cem­ber 2, 2012, the As­ton changed hands once more when Grant ac­quired it — the car be­ing de­liv­ered straight away to Derek at Atkin­son Restora­tion Ser­vices for restora­tion, and the project be­ing com­pleted in Novem­ber 2014.

Work un­der­taken in­volved a com­plete en­gine bay restora­tion, gear­box and clutch over­hauls, dif­fer­en­tial rebuild, sus­pen­sion, brakes and shock ab­sorber restora­tion, new paint­work from bare metal up in­clud­ing the wheel arches, new chrome work, doors re­built, new glass ex­cept the wind­screen which was per­fect, dash­board and in­stru­men­ta­tion restora­tion and a myr­iad of other things — all of which all add up to the re­sult that the car is now a vir­tu­ally new 1957 As­ton Martin DB2/4 sa­loon. The only things not touched dur­ing the restora­tion were the un­der­body, which was tidy, and the en­gine which Bruce Rad­ford had ex­pertly re­built af­ter he pur­chased the car in 1966.

World­wide, As­ton Martin DB2/4 MKIIS are now blue-chip col­lectibles — to see two of them in the Win­ners Cir­cle at Eller­slie was, in­deed, a rare sight.

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