Aston Martin DB3S Wins 2013 Gran Turismo Trophy


Kazunori Yamauchi has selected a 1953 Aston Martin DB3S as the winner of Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo Trophy at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

1953 Aston Martin DB3S SportsOwned by historic motoring enthusiast Brian Classic of Cheshire, England, his DB3S is one of the 30 cars which played a very important role in the development of Aston Martin’s international racing efforts between 1953 and 1957. The car produces around 225HP from an inline-6 (check more history on the DB3S at here).

Brian’s Aston joins the ranks of previous esteemed Gran Turismo Trophy winners, and will be digitally immortalized in a future Gran Turismo title.

Thanks to Freeman_Cruz and mcfizzle for grabbing these photos, and G.T.Ace for recording the live broadcast of the award’s presentation.

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Comments (69)

  1. Mr C5 Z06 Vette

    As cool and flippin awesome this Aston is I would have preferred if the gt trophy went to an old corvette race car or Shelby cobra 289 who’s with me

  2. Amac500

    YAAAAAAY!!!!!!! Sorry to be so existed, but I really wanted this thing in Gran Turismo. The European stylings of the 50s-60s are my favorite of all time. A couple weeks ago I was playing Forza at my friend’s house and feel in love this thing and thought “Gee, I wish they could add that to GT5”. To bad they can’t pick more then 1 car to win the trophy though. Maybe the Gran Tusimo Trophy should have a gold, a silver, and a bronze, because we will never find any more deserving cars for GT inclusion then at this event. I’m curious though, would awarding a Porsche the award be a loop hole in the licensing deal? Regardless of what you think of Porsche street cars, their history of race cars is nearly unmatched and we could debate all day about as to if Porsche or Ferrari have the better racing history.

    1. Amac500

      Actually, would kit car Porsche’s be a way around the licensing deal? I know there is a very popular Porsche kit of a 550 Spyder that can be built off a VW Beetle chassis. Kits for the 356 Speedster are popular too. Since they aren’t technically Porsche’s, wouldn’t that bypass the licensing deal. I mean that 550 is dead accurate.

    2. Quakebass

      What they could probably do is list it as a “Pebble Beach” manufacturer, or something along that line, like the owners name or something. It’d be like saying the car is a one-off from a tuning group, of sorts.

      I don’t know if that’d be possible or not…

    3. ScotteDawg

      Quakebass, that is what was done for the Jay Leno car, so I don’t see any reason why your suggestion cannot be implemented!

  3. RufusGonePunk

    Lets just hope we get some contemporary Maseratis, Ferraris, Alfa Romeos, Jaguars and Mercedes for it to race against at Le Mans, Monza and the Nurburgring.

  4. Blood*Specter

    Very nice that.

    I’d also like to see an Aston GT3 car to fight with the BMW and Mercedes.
    Or maybe with the GT6 customization we can create GT3 cars from our stock vehicles as applicable?

    1. kekke2000

      That would be too awesome. Imagine a “tune to GT3 spec” option and GT3 races online where only cars with GT3 spec can join. Option could be available to all premium sportscars and supercars. Imagine that list! Supra, Toyota GT 86, Nissan GT-R, BMW Z4, Mercedes SLR, McLaren, Ferrari 458, Aston Martins, Jaguar XK-R, Ford GT, Ford Mustang, Alfa Romeo 8c, BMW M3, Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Viper, Corvette….

    2. Amac500

      The thing I’ve wanted is 6 current European GT racers, the SLS AMG, R8, Z4, MP4-12C, and Aston, and of course the 458. We already have half off those. We are on the verge of actual GT race cars being popular online!

      @kekke2000 That would certainly be cool, but not all of those cars are homologated to GT3 spec. The cars that are currently homologated are these:

      Aston Martin DBRS9
      Aston Martin Vantage N-24 GT3
      Audi R8 LMS Ultra
      BMW Z4 GT3
      Callaway Competition Z06.R Chevrolet Corvette GT3
      Chevrolet Camaro GT
      Ferrari 458 Italia GT3
      Ford GT3
      Lamborghini Gallardo LP600 GT3
      Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3
      Porsche 911 GT3 R
      McLaren MP4-12C GT3
      Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3

      Also I know Bentley was working on a GT3 car but I’m not sure what their homologation status is. I know it’s somewhere in the pipe line.

  5. Diatribe777

    Stylish! I just hope they have enough time to put it in the game by dec as I can’t wait to virtually drive

    1. masterrawad

      Oh, I’m sorry. were you expecting a Porsche or perhaps a Koenigsegg? And just because you didn’t see your favorite car you don’t want to live on this world?

    2. Amac500

      If that piece if art is the reason you don’t like the world anymore then I’m not sure I want to be here with you.

    3. sayba2th

      Maybe he is coming from the perspective that now he has seen this beauty everything else pales in comparison and sees no point in going on

  6. allyn27

    Everyone forgets the cobra is a briish car basically. it was based of the A/C and put a murcan motor in it. soooo the cobra isnt really all that big in my book, it was hella fast though lol.

    1. Pit Crew

      Thats a mute point as this car is not an A/C Cobra or Shelby cobra, not to mention the blog isn’t about Cobras either.

    1. ScotteDawg

      Carrol Shelby took the 427 A/C to America, put a Ford motor in it and called it the Shelby Cobra!

      As for the DB3S, it looks nothing like the 427 A/C (Shelby Cobra)!!!

  7. PNuTButR

    Am I the only one that’s a little disappointed? I feel that the car won’t have sufficient competition and in arcade mode, it’ll be faced off with rally cars and tuned Skylines.

    1. another_jakhole

      You’re missing the point. Just think about what Gran Turismo is and why would Kaz be chosen to be one of the judges? Why does Gran Turismo have Jay Leno’s Tank Car?

    2. infamousphil

      I get your point, PNuT. Remember though, it hasn’t been released yet and there’s a possibility that it and the, previously awarded Alfa, may be rivaled properly in GT6. Oooh dang, that’s right, the concourse winners are usually “stand outs” ;) sorry

    3. PNuTButR

      Can you explain how I am, Pit Crew? I am not looking to make problems, I’m free to express my opinion on this. The way you’re putting it is that there’s not positive/negative opinion; only yours (correct) or mine (wrong)…

    4. Pit Crew

      Well look at your OP, which in itself has a negative overtone to it as you have already pre determined the Fun factor of this car in a GT game as being non relevant, due to a competition bias you placed on it, not even knowing if other classic 50s era race cars will be implemented with it in the future, and it hasn’t even been modeled yet or been scheduled to go in a GT title.

      You haven’t even given the car a chance to be considered a GT fave before you threw it under a bus, assuming PD is gonna force us to use it in events versus Skylines and “Rally Cars”?

      You do realise this blog isn’t the only place to get and give opinions about this car winninhg the Gran Turismo Trophy?

  8. SVT Cobra GT

    It’s great that another classic Aston is going to be included in GT and also one from the David Brown era. A little bit of my home town going into GT!

  9. StiggyGT

    Wonderful choice Kaz, that Aston is a real stunner! A few other classics that I dream of being in the GT series would be the 1967 Jaguar E-type (soft top convertable), Ferrari 250 GT California, Eagle Speedster and the Aston DB5.
    Yes, some these cars are quite rare, but it would definitely be an amazing feature to have these beauties..

  10. 2012GT325

    Sadly, no matter how great, a Porsche would never win. Thanks EA/Porsche for making the world a bit worse by being in bed w/ each other instead of giving freedom and choice to all.

    1. Nuuj

      Yeah the business suits are destroying fun as we know it, most “deals” they make don’t benefit anyone–especially EA’s deals and contracts..

      We can rely on RUF’s, but RUF doesn’t have a representation for most Porsches..

    2. hobanator24

      I prefer Ruf over Porsche, as long as they add a few new models to GT6 or at least make the Yellowbird & CTR 2 premium.

    1. Pit Crew

      @ 05XR8 The car uses an inline 6 engine so your trolling suggestion of using a Cobra V8 shows you don’t pay much attention.

      @ austindeckerGT5 How could you possibly know how the car will soundin a GT title?

    2. 05XR8

      Um, Pit Crew don’t take my first comment personal. That is NOT trolling. I don’t troll, son. The sound from the VIDEO is very deep. Even if it is a 6-cylinder, the V8 from the cobra has a deep bass to it like the VIDEO(which is inaccurate in hearing the actual sound anyway). So, since austindeckerGT5 will be dissatisfied any way, at least sampling the Cobra wouldn’t matter. Geez.

  11. Nuuj

    I like it when rare models such as this win; I love Corvettes, Mustangs, and Camaros but we’ve been given a few of those–Aston Martin hasn’t been represented as well as it should have been in GT games (The UK in general), Aston has beautiful Classics but none have appeared thus far..

    SN: I’m still wondering what they can do with the Bentley licensing, we’ve only been treated to the Speed 8, I wonder if they’re limited to rendering only that Race Car?

    1. another_jakhole

      With how they’re saying that GT6 is going to utilize the DLC “feature” :D this time around, I wouldn’t be surprised if this car becomes available for GT6.

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