RM Auctions Rare Aston Martins at Monterey

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The consignments keep coming in for Pebble Beach, including a rare 1955 Aston Martin DB3S estimated at$4 million.

What's better than an Aston Martin sportscar? An Aston Martin racecar, that's what. And RM Auctions has a real gem on the docket for its upcoming sale at Pebble Beach. The car in question is a rare 1955 Aston Martin DB3S. The multi-million-dollar proposition is considered to be one of the most beautiful Aston Martins ever made. Chassis DB3S/118 was originally ordered by a gentleman racer in Holland, hence the Dutch Racing Orange paintjob.

(Before sponsorship came to dominate motor racing, you see, each country had its own racing color. Italy's was red, Britain's was green, France's was blue, and Holland's was orange.) One of only 21 customer cars made, DB3S/118 has a rich provenance including a podium finish at Goodwood and two victories as Zandvoort in its native Holland. It was then sold to an American merchant captain and on to a series of collectors. It is expected to fetch between $3.5 and 4 million when it crosses the auction block next month.

Of course the DB3S isn't the only significant Aston on the docket for Monterey. RM also has a rare 1960 DB4GT expected to sell for $1.5-1.9 million, a rare '67 DB6 Volante ($850k-1.1m), a deep red '62 DB4 (~$500k) and an early DB2 coupe (~$425k). Check 'em out in the image gallery for a closer look. (Photos copyright 2012 by Darin Schnabel, Neil Fraser,Ned Jackson and Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of RM Auctions.)

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