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Le Mans Aston Martin and rare Ferrari lead Bonhams Goodwood auction


A rare Ferrari and a historic Le Mans Aston Martin will be amongst the highlights of the forthcoming Bonhams Festival of Speed auction at Goodwood.
"The Festival of Speed is the highlight of the UK summer motoring calendar," said Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Head of Motoring. "Each year Bonhams continue to offer a wealth of exciting, rare, and often record breaking motor cars, and this year is set to be no exception."

Leading the sale is a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB with coachwork by Pininfarina/Scaglietti, estimated at £1.6-£1.9 million ($2.3-$2.7 million).

As one of just 48 right-hand versions ever produced, the car was originally delivered new to the UK to British racing driver and instructor Mark Konig and comes with Ferrari Classiche certification.

Described in a Sport Auto review as "a thoroughbred, with luxury devoid of excess, and a fiery temperament", the 275 GTB is considered by many to be the finest road-going Gran Turismo ever produced by Ferrari.

Further Ferrari highlights will include a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB4 ‘Daytona’ Berlinetta with coachwork by Pininfarina, valued at £620,000-£680,000 ($900,000-$980,000), and a 1970 Ferrari 246 GT Dino estimated at £200,000-£250,000 ($290,000-$360,000).

The 1949 Aston Martin DB Team Car

One of the most historic cars on offer is a rare 1949 Aston Martin DB Team Car with a superb racing provenance. Chassis ‘UMC 65’ was one of three cars produced by Aston Martin to compete in the 1949 Le Mans 24-Hour race, finishing 7th overall and 3rd in class. It was later competed as a Works car in the Spa 24-Hour, finishing 5th overall and 3rd in class, before passing into private hands.

Having had just one owner since 1965, the important car will be offered at auction for the first time in its original, unrestored condition with an estimate of £600,000-£900,000 ($870,000-$1.3 million).

Further standout lots include a 1981 BMW M1 Coupe estimated at £280,000-£320,000 ($400,000-$460,000); a 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Roadster priced at £200,000-£250,000 ($290,000-$360,000); a 1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Vanden Plas-style Tourer estimated at £180,000-£240,000 ($260,000-$350,000); and a 1965 Alfa Romeo GTA 1600 valued at £175,000-£225,000 ($250,000-$330,000).

The Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed sale takes place on June 24.


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