Ex-moss As­ton in Canada

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When we saw a pri­vate ad mod­estly men­tion­ing a long-stored As­ton as hav­ing once been owned by Stir­ling Moss, we had to know more. The owner, Wayne Young of Port Col­bourne, On­tario, told us a fas­ci­nat­ing tale, ‘I trav­elled to Eng­land back in 1975 specif­i­cally to buy a DB MKIII. I was just 23 but I’d pre­vi­ously bought a DB2/4 in Toronto and set my sights on a MKIII. I found this one ad­ver­tised in the back of Ex­change and Mart and went to see it. It had a blown head gas­ket, but I bought it any­way and even­tu­ally put it on a ship back to Canada.

‘Be­fore I left, I went around buy­ing up spares – I have a mem­ory of car­ry­ing a DB MKIII ex­haust sys­tem and some Connolly hides across Lon­don on the tube, with British peo­ple po­litely let­ting me through with my out­size lug­gage. As­ton Ser­vice in Dorset dug out the build sheet, which listed the first owner as “David Brown Mo­tors (Stir­ling Moss)”, which was the first I knew of the con­nec­tion.’

It seems Moss was gifted the car for a short while and per­formed a mag­a­zine road test. A few months later it was with a dealer and there­after passed into pri­vate hands. We con­tacted the Moss fam­ily, but Sir Stir­ling has said be­fore he doesn’t tend to re­mem­ber road cars, and could add noth­ing fur­ther to this car’s story.

‘I’ve had a lot of Austin-healeys to dis­tract me – I still have three – and I moved house once or twice,’ says Young. ‘I’m plan­ning to move again soon, up to a lake house, and if the car doesn’t sell I’ll fi­nally fin­ish it up there.’ Young is keen to hear from any­one who can add to the car’s early his­tory. In­ter­ested par­ties can con­tact the mag­a­zine.

Once back in Canada, Young had ex­ten­sive work done, com­plet­ing the body restora­tion, paint, chrome...

...and a full en­gine re­build by 1980...

...but the car never re­turned to the road

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