Motor Sport News - - Le Mans Preview: Retro -

BEST RE­SULT: 2nd (1955, 1956 and 1958) The un­der­pow­ered but well-bal­anced DB3S does not im­me­di­ately spring to mind when it comes to Le Mans greats, but the three-litre straight-six As­ton racked up an im­pres­sive CV.

No other car on this list has three sec­ond places to its name at Le Mans. The DB3S also stead­ied the As­ton Martin ship af­ter a poor run in the 24 Hours.

The 1955 and 1958 run­ner-up spots can be at­trib­uted more to the prob­lems suf­fered by faster ri­vals, but the 1956 con­test was a dif­fer­ent mat­ter.

Stir­ling Moss and Peter Collins fought a duel with the Ron Flock­hart/ninian San­der­son Jaguar D-type, ul­ti­mately los­ing out to the big­ger-en­gined Ecurie Ecosse ma­chine by a sin­gle lap.

Else­where, the car proved its worth with vic­to­ries in the Tourist Tro­phy at Dun­drod and the Good­wood Nine Hours.

White­head broth­ers took sec­ond in 1958

As­ton DB3S v Jaguar D-type in 1956 race

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