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#51 aston_man

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 20:21

Hi everyone,

Very interested to read about this car.

Any ideas what chassis modifications were required to make it a two-seater, if any?

Thanks :)

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#52 Dutchy

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 06:23

If we knew what the chassis really was we could give you some idea - sadly no one really knows its true identity yet

#53 bradbury west

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 12:19

Just to keep this alive, there is a good 3/4 front circuit shot of Richardson in the RRA, wrongly captioned as RRH, at Snetterton in '57- perhaps the shot to which Simon refers- on page 120 in the Jim Loveridge book "Boy's Own Stuff" which came today. Apart from a different bonnet line to reflect the different engine fitted then, the car appears almost identical to DP155 in its original form.
Have we heard of any more news or developments with this car?
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#54 bradbury west

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 19:04

Just thought I would keep this one fresh
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#55 IGSYA

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 18:43

I saw this car at Wiscombe - it has an Aston martin gearbox.

#56 Doug Nye

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 23:15

I understand that the DVLA has now withdrawn the old UK road registration number from "the Wiscombe car" following representations from the US owner of "the actual 'Tasman'/Geoff Richardson" DB3S"...

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#57 David McKinney

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 07:07

Thanks very much for that, Doug :up:

The question has been the subject of considerable off-forum discussion ;)

#58 bradbury west

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 09:56

Indeed it has , David. It will be interesting to see what nomenclature will be given to the vehicle henceforward.
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#59 Squire Straker

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 12:03

I see from Stoneleigh the car is now a DB3 Special. Wonder what DB3 bits are in it? I suppose it may eventually become an Aston Martin Special.
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#60 bradbury west

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 18:32

Out of interest, I note that there is a very good Peter Burn action photograph of UUY504 leading a group of other cars at Oulton on page 57 of Autosport 16.8.73. No details in the Ian Titchmarsh report, but it may have been Bob Owen at the wheel.
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#61 msquire

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 22:15

Just found this topic after seeing the car in a Brightwells catalogue Brightwells Aston. Bit of a mark up from the 2006 'unrestored' Bonhams 30 -40 estimate.

#62 Allan Lupton

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 08:12

Just found this topic after seeing the car in a Brightwells catalogue Brightwells Aston. Bit of a mark up from the 2006 'unrestored' Bonhams 30 -40 estimate.


It says: "Road registered as 866 XUM (formerly UUY 504)".
DVLA doesn't know that, as it has UUY 504 but not 866 XUM in its records!

#63 David McKinney

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 08:14

It says: "Road registered as 866 XUM (formerly UUY 504)".
DVLA doesn't know that, as it has UUY 504 but not 866 XUM in its records!

...and thereby hangs a tale

#64 Red Socks

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 08:18

Out of interest, I note that there is a very good Peter Burn action photograph of UUY504 leading a group of other cars at Oulton on page 57 of Autosport 16.8.73. No details in the Ian Titchmarsh report, but it may have been Bob Owen at the wheel.
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And that car as I understand it ,indeed driven by Bob Owen is a completely different car from the one described above and now for sale.

Edited by Red Socks, 15 May 2009 - 08:19.


#65 bradbury west

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 08:35

And that car as I understand it ,indeed driven by Bob Owen is a completely different car from the one described above and now for sale.


Red Socks, I have never thought otherwise, nor have I intimated that the 2 cars were in any way linked other than, some might consider, perhaps by someone's wishful thinking.
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#66 Ted Walker

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 16:41

How can it advertised as DP155 ?????????

#67 Simon Thomas

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 15:23

How can it advertised as DP155 ?????????

It will be very interesting to see the auction catalogue with a full description of the car. Will any of the details posted here be quoted......I very much doubt it.

#68 D-Type

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 15:37

It says: "Road registered as 866 XUM (formerly UUY 504)".
DVLA doesn't know that, as it has UUY 504 but not 866 XUM in its records!

It doesn't say that any more.

How can it advertised as DP155 ?????????

Nor does it say that any more

It will be very interesting to see the auction catalogue with a full description of the car. Will any of the details posted here be quoted......I very much doubt it.

Has someone realised the Trade Descriptions Act applies  ;)

#69 Allan Lupton

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 22:01

It's now been withdrawn.
This process of attrition should eventually lead either to a true description or the car being given away - and who can say which is more likely? :D

#70 Ted Walker

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 07:49

Good News.Its an interesting special and should be sold as one. Its a shame that the cockpit is built for midgets.

#71 fuzzi

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 09:05

I was looking at this thread the other day and looking at Roger Lund's photographs which started it off. The photocopy pegged to the aeroscreen comes from "Aston Martin: A Racing History" by Anthony Pritchard (on pps 179 and 180) and tells the story of the car up to Geoff Richardson's final disposal of the car fitted with a DB3S body, bought from Lord O'Niell registered UUY 504. Richardson sold it to finance the purchase of Connaught B5 from Brian Naylor.

Isn't it slightly ironic that we are all rightly concerned about copyright in photographs but sometimes the photos can contain copyright material from other media which may not be fully credited? :well:

AP interviewed Geoff Richardson about his full life as engineer, driver, soldier, clay pigeon shooter and private pilot - he won the King's cup in 1972 amongst other exploits. If you want more information on Geoff Richardson AP wrote a piece for The Automobile published in March 2007

#72 bradbury west

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 17:18

It's back again, at the Revival auction. See below for the details

http://www.bonhams.c...SaleSectionNo=2
Usual disclaimers.
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#73 David McKinney

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 17:55

At least no-one's claiming it to be DP155 any more :up:

#74 Ted Walker

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 12:21

David .But what a complete load of rubbish and all those mentions of "Uncle Reg" A nd as for the description of lot 360 ????????????

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 12:59

I think this takes the proverbial biscuit "with the extra cachet of a suitably mysterious and complicated background history"

I'd always believed a straightforward traceable history was desirable!

#76 bradbury west

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 12:17

If I have read the results chart here correctly >
http://www.bonhams.c...p;iSaleNo=18216
Lot 343 failed to entice a new owner to emerge.
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Posted 03 October 2010 - 18:00

some pictures of the Real RRA special when it belonged to on of our customers - Mike Jefferson - Neville Hay will confirm that Mike owned the car until the early seventies, they were great mates.
Mike is still a customer with a Jaguar engined Healey 3000.

Well I would if I could find out how to load them !

Edited by chrisadams, 03 October 2010 - 18:14.


#78 bradbury west

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 18:16

Try this system; e mail or pm me if you need instructions. We look forward to seeing the photographs.
http://www.postimage.org/
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Posted 03 October 2010 - 18:49

Thanks Roger, its a bit more complicated than Ten Tenths & AMOC forums, so I might just email them to you

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Edited by chrisadams, 03 October 2010 - 18:56.


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Posted 07 October 2010 - 15:50

Here is a link to more info on the RRA Special / DP155

http://astonuts.free...S/DB3SFHCE.html

Scroll right down to bottom of the page

I think that is a very young Guy Broad in the Austin 3 ltr

#81 bradbury west

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 16:40

I came across this in Autosport May 29 1959. Designed by Lord O'Neill, built by Panelcraft
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Copyright not known but via Autosport, for history and educational purposes.
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Posted 14 July 2011 - 15:27

This picture of the DB3 Special that was raced in the Tasman Series of 1955/1956 is on Historicracing.com's Facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/historicracing

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#83 David McKinney

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 19:37

Sorry to be hard on a new member, but there was no Tasman Series until 1964

The Aston Martin was raced in the New Zealand internationals of 1956

Edited by David McKinney, 14 July 2011 - 19:38.


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Posted 29 July 2011 - 22:52

This picture of the DB3 Special that was raced in the Tasman Series of 1955/1956 is on Historicracing.com's Facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/historicracing

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When I looked at the 1st pictures of this car by Roger I thought it was a bit strange as Parnell was supposed to sit over the gearbox, not to one side, this photo proves it was a central steering wheel.
In the last few weeks I have found out who owned the gearbox top for the last 35 years or so, it puts the stick out to one side of the box.

#85 bradbury west

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 23:30

When I looked at the 1st pictures of this car by Roger I thought it was a bit strange as Parnell was supposed to sit over the gearbox, not to one side, this photo proves it was a central steering wheel.
In the last few weeks I have found out who owned the gearbox top for the last 35 years or so, it puts the stick out to one side of the box.

Your opening sentence is the reason why I posted the pictures in the first place.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:15

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Thanks to Tim Murray who pointed me in the direction of this thread after I mentioned I'd seen a "DBR 3R Exprimental" at Sherborne Castle yesterday afternoon. If I had known there was a mystery surrounding the car I would have attempted to take more pics.

Edited by arttidesco, 16 July 2012 - 12:57.


#87 Tim Murray

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:21

Well at least they've stopped referring to it as 'DP155'.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:56

Well at least they've stopped referring to it as 'DP155'.


"They" being a Mr David Toms of Honiton Devon according to the signage.



#89 Alan Cox

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 10:00

Prototype model for sale by auction
http://www.coys.co.u...mp;auctionID=32

#90 D-Type

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 13:45

That looks very detailed for a wind tunnel model! With seat cushion and transmission tunnel for example. I suppose it is just credible that a wind tunnel model was used as the basis for a display model.

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Posted 06 September 2019 - 22:44

Article on DP155’s 1956 NZ Tour with Reg Parnell.
Lots of Gaze and Whitehead and a dose of early post war NZ Racing History

https://primotipo.co...n-martin-dp155/

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 14:16

I understand that the DVLA has now withdrawn the old UK road registration number from "the Wiscombe car" following representations from the US owner of "the actual 'Tasman'/Geoff Richardson" DB3S"...

DCN

 

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Seen at Autosport International with the leaflet also posted below, shown on the DVLA website as built in 1953 first registered in 1957

 

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Aston Martin DB3S Special Sporting Two Seater :- Reg 866XUM, Chassis DP155, Engine LB6V50507 Gearbox DBRW/152/RH

 

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No info yet on the www.AstonMartinSpecial.com website.



#93 D-Type

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 21:37

The leaflet apparently still tries to perpetrate the myth.

"Frame stamped DP155" - how easy is it to stamp a bit of metal?

The rest of the narrative very carefully doesn't say it applies to this car but it implies it does.



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Posted 24 February 2020 - 14:38

Some new information regarding the current owner at Race Retro

 

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