The 1952 Goodwood 9-Hours race-winning Aston Martin DB3 returns to the scene of its triumph when it goes under the hammer at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival Sale on 17 September (estimate £2,800,000 – 3,300,000). Driven to victory at the Sussex circuit 70 years ago by Peter Collins and Pat Griffith, chassis DB3-5 went on to claim second overall at the following year’s Sebring 12-Hours in the hands of George Abecassis/Reg Parnell before its Works career came to an end after Abecassis crashed out of the Mille Miglia a month later.
Other notable British competition machinery following the Aston across the block includes an ex-Jack Brabham/Bruce McLaren/Roy Salvadori 1959 Cooper Monaco-Climax Type T49 (estimate £260,000 – 320,000) and an ex-Henry Seagrave 1922 Sunbeam Grand Prix Racing Two-Seater, one of three works team cars entered for the 1922 Grand Prix de l’ACF at Strasbourg (estimate £700,000 – 800,000).
The catalogue also features a brace of barely-used Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Editions, both left-hand drive and in need of re-commissioning having been stored since delivery. The one-of-150 2009 S Roadster with just 50 miles on the clock carries a pre-sale estimate of £240,000 – 320,000, while a coupe with 100km is guided at £180,000 – 240,000.
Europe’s biggest autojumble returns to Beaulieu from 10-11 September accompanied by Bonhams’ automobilia and collector car sale. Pre-war and project cars dominate the roster, headed by 1931 Aston Martin International 1½-Litre Le Mans 'Team Car' replica at £200,000 – 250,000. Ordered new by George Hartwell with unique 2/4 seater coachwork by Bertelli, ‘JO 3999’ competed at Brooklands in period and has been owned by the vendor since 1969.
Star attraction at Gooding & Company’s London sale on 3 September is a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione that finished 5th overall and 2nd in class at the 1960 Le Mans 24 Hours, running under Luigi Chinetti’s NART banner (estimate £6,000,000 – 7,000,000). Following a decade of vintage racing, the current owner commissioned an exacting restoration in 2013 at Lanzante, overseen by Ferrari Classiche, returning the car to its original yellow Le Mans race livery.
Highlights among the early entries at Classic Car Auctions’ 24 September sale include a 90,700-mile 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT, the subject of a documented £40,000 refurbishment (estimate £75,000 – 85,000); a 66,000-mile 1983 Ford Fiesta XR2 with one owner from new (estimate £15,000 – 18,000); and a 1987 Ford Capri 280 Brooklands that has covered just 13,100 miles (estimate £45,000 – 50,000).
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