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Aston Martin DB3 Works Team Car

‘Works car’ is the English term known by car enthusiasts for a ‘factory-entered racer’, differentiating it from a car which is entered in a motor race by ‘privateers’.

This unique Aston Martin is one of five DB3 works team cars. It was updated by the factory in 1954 with DB3S style bodywork, a lighter version of the DB3. The curvaceous body is typical of sports racers of the fifties.

There has been only one Grand Prix in Monaco for sports cars, and this car took part in it in 1952. The young racing driver Peter Collins finished seventh with the DB3. One year later, together with top motorcycle racer Geoff Duke, Collins drove the car in the 12 Hours of Sebring, the opening race for the World Sports Car Championship. Collins was well in the lead when he handed over to Duke, but unfortunately he crashed and the DB3 was forced to retire. The car was repaired, and Peter Collins drove it once again in the 1953 Mille Miglia, finishing in sixteenth place. Today this DB3 is a regular entrant in the historic Mille Miglia.

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