DP193 : The DB2/4
Note : all photos are clickable to see them in a much larger
all photos have a
'source' given. Please have a look at my bibliography to decode.
The DB MkIII prototype is a modified DB2/4 MkII. Nevertheless it
received a DB MkIII chassis number : AM300/3/1300 (the DB2/4 prototype
retained its DB2 chassis number, see the related page).
This prototype received code DP 163. It was based on a
modified DB2/4 MkII
and had disc brakes all round news for an Aston Martin (see
my page about
DB2/4 MkIII, III A and III B names). Nevertheless, on
the III As, disc brakes were only
available at the front and were optional ! You had to wait for the III
B to see it became standard.
The engine was totally reworked by Tadek Marek. It received
code name DP164.
The prototype was registered 63 KMY. Here it is as seen in
Chris Harvey book . It was driven by Raymond Baxter and
Jackie Reece in the 1958 Monte Carlo Rallye.
I made a zoom for you :
I think you have noticed the chrome strip over the "low" windscreen of
the DB2/4 MkII but the new nose and the new dashboard.
Two other shots of DP193:
I am sorry I forgot where do
those photos come from....
Below left, the badge of DP193. Below right is an "ordinary" Mk III
badge. Both photos have been found somewhere on the Internet. I am
deeply sorry I cannot find where.
Finally, a photo from the rear. Blue arrows show DB2/4 MkII
caracteristics and red one show MkIII dashboard.
Aston Martin Scrapbook