Saturday, 18 December 2010

Under Austrian Influence - Aston Martin DB3S

Under Austrian Influence - Aston Martin DB3S #118

Its a great thrill to return to Ed Arnaudin's photo's from 20th July 1958 at Thompson CT thanks to his son Steve.

Today's vehicle is a thoroughly British Aston Martin DB3S, a lightweight version of the DB3 originally designed by Austrian Robert Eberan von Eberhorst, a pioneer in vehicle dynamics who's CV includes the design of the Auto Union D-type Silver Arrow, the Porsche project 356, which later became the Porsche 356 like the cabriolet in the background above, and the Jowett Jupiter while working for English Racing Automobiles. The DB3S was powered by a 163 horse power 2922 cc / 182 cui twin over head cam straight 6 fitted with three twin choke carburettors.

The vehicle seen here was driven into 7th place in the 7th race of the day at Thompson CT by Paul Hyatt who was doing double duty having finished last in race 6 driving his DB2-4.

I'd like to thank Ed Arnaudin for his wonderful photographs, Steve Arnaudin for sharing them with us and Terry O'Neil's Northeast American Sports Car Races 1950-1959 for the stats.

Hope you have enjoyed today's Aston Martin edition of 'Getting a lil' psycho' on tyres' and that you'll join me tomorrow for a closer look at a vehicle of the same type as the black one seen in the back ground of the photo above. Don't forget to come back now !


Thanks to Vince H the DB3S photographed by Ed has been identified as chassis #118 which can be seen being driven here by Chris Salyer at Laguna Seca in 2007.


  1. I'd be surprised if you have not come across some of the vehicles Ed photographed back in 1958/59 somewhere on your travels Racer ?

  2. I changed my mind, that's what I want for x-mas.

  3. I'd go for the sack full of diamonds then you can have the lot JC :-)