Carroll Shelby's personal 1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 is for sale

A rare car with unique history and heritage

Carroll Shelby was an American legend, and his name will for ever be connected with Ford and the American muscle car. Shelby was also a car enthusiast and a racing driver – and he was the proud owner of this rare 1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII.

Only 83 units were made and, well, this is the only owned by Shelby. The car was originally developed as a factory demonstrator and it is believed to have been driven by none other than David Brown himself, chairman of Aston Martin at the time.

It is powered by a W.O Bentley-designed 2.9-litre straight-six and the car followed him around Europe in 1959, when he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Racing season over, the car was shipped back to Texas and was later sold and owned by a variety of owners, including Hollywood actor and Pebble Beach Concours master-of-ceremonies Ed Herrmann.

The car, in its original combination of Cardinal Grey with red leather upholstery for the interior, is set to be sold at auction by RM Sotheby's during the Amelia Island Concours next March. Considering its rarity, and it history, it is probably going to sell for a pretty penny. If you can afford to pay the price, you should probably go out there and buy it.

Aston Martin has built several icons over the years but sometimes, people tend to forget about them because they've all been overshadowed by the DB5, because that's "the one driven by James Bond". I totally get it but having said that, just look at it. This DB2/4 MkIII is truly spectacular.

Want to know more about Aston Martin's DB series?

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Comments (8)

  • "Shelby fitted a Bentley-designed 2.9-litre straight-six under the hood."

    Actually, that's what the engine was from the factory. The Lagonda straight six was designed by W.O Bentley and first applied to the Lagonda 2.6 litre saloon and the earlier DB2. It was expanded once the MKIII came along, of course.

      1 year ago
  • Stunning!

      1 year ago
  • A striking GT. I’m sure ol Shel used it to full advantage, if you get my drift.

      1 year ago
  • What a beauty.

      1 year ago