Gooding & Company’s rescheduled Passion of a Lifetime sale will now take place on 5 September during the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace, after COVID-19 scuppered plans for the original auction at Somerset House back in April. The single-owner 15-car collection features three significant Aston Martins among the blue-chip line-up, headed by a 1961 DB4GT Zagato with a pre-sale estimate of £7,000,000 – 9,000,000. Chassis 0176/R is one of just 19 examples produced and comes with unbroken provenance including spells with Victor Gauntlett and Paul Vestey.
A 1955 DB3S which raced in Europe under the Kangaroo Stable banner with Tony Gaze and David McKay and finished 2nd at the 1955 Hyères 12 Hours is listed at £3,000,000 – 4,000,000; while a 1935 Ulster, first owned and campaigned by Prince Bira in the 1935 Tourist Trophy, carries a guide of £1,600,000 – 2,000,000.
Gooding’s first UK sale is led by a 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports that was initially run by the works as a Grand Prix Car for two seasons, notably winning the Belgian Grand Prix and claiming 3rd place at Monaco (estimate in excess of £10,000,000). Following Bugatti’s withdrawal from Grand Prix racing it was developed for sports car events, returning to the track in 1937 as chassis 57248 with the legendary factory driver Jean-Pierre Wimille at the wheel, and was subsequently sold to King Leopold III of Belgium in 1938 when its works career had come to an end.
The collection also includes an ex-Earl Howe 1937 Bugatti Type 57 S Atalante, restored by marque expert Ivan Dutton (estimate in excess of £7,000,000), and a 1928 Bugatti Type 35 C Grand Prix, entered by the factory in the 1928 Targa Florio (estimate in excess of £3,000,000).
A 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV Speciale, delivered new to the French industrialist Jacques Dembiermont, is catalogued at £1,600,000 – 2,000,000. One of only 150 SVs built, Dembiermont’s car was specified from new with dry sump lubrication and a ZF limited-slip differential, and is presented in its original colour, Oro Metallizzato.
Classic car auction price estimates for: Aston Martin | Bugatti | Lamborghini
From: Gooding & Company
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