Birthday present Aston rediscovered in London garden


An Aston Martin DB MkIII drophead coupé that was gifted to its owner has been discovered hidden under a tarpaulin in the front garden of a London house.

Valued at £150k, the car was bought new by a Dr Free as a replacement for his written-off AC Ace Bristol, which was nickamed Jezebel after the ’50s Frankie Laine hit. The Aston was soon dubbed Jezebel II.

Moving with Dr Free to New York, the convertible was given to his son Jon in 1992 as a 21st-birthday present.

Spiralling insurance costs, and the risk that the classic could be damaged during commuting in London, prompted Free to park the car in his front garden under the protection of a heavy tarpaulin.

It remained there until earlier this month when Byron International, which had come across the car in the ’90s, was contacted to sell it. Click here if you are interested in buying the car.


Don Callum

Those are New Jersey license plates in the one photo.


Boy, good thing he saved it from commuting damage. I bet that 15 or so years under a tarpaulin in English weather really did wonders for the car. Rotted and rusted really beats dented and dinged......?


Well said trymes. Those car park dings would have ruined it's natural patina. Does anyone else find it absurd and a little insulting that these oddball owners who treat lovely cars this way are rewarded eventually with the current non-sensical fad for "barn finds"?

David Park

Am I right in thinking that the Aston Martin in the carpark photo is flanked by two Healeys?

My curiosity is aroused because a short while ago I had to find a buyer for a Healey Tickford coupe which had been stored in a garage for about 30 years - seems that cars like these 'hibernate'.

Does anyone recognise where the photo was taken?


Hello David,

hope it's not too rude to give you the information, that the Aston in the carpark is flanked by two other Aston Martins. The one on the right side looks like a very early one (maybe DB1) the one on the left side is a more modern one. As I have had several Healeys (especially GWD 42 and GWD 43 and have done the Mille Miglia with them) I can asure you, these are no Warwick Healeys.

Best regards from Wiesbaden, Eckhard Luengen


If this Aston is valued at 150k what would be the value of an original DB5 in the same " as found condition " ?

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