Gooding & Company to offer trio of iconic European racers

Lou Diamond

Lou Diamond

2017-02-06 12:13:25

A trio of iconic and historic European race cars has been added to Gooding & Company's Amelia Island line-up.

First up is a historic 1949 Aston Martin DB Mk II, formerly owned by company boss David Brown and described as "an integral piece of Aston Martin history".

After acquiring the company in 1947, one of Brown's first acts was to establish a works racing team, with an eye of the Le Mans 24 Hours race. Aston Martin developed three Aston Martin DB Mk IIs to compete in the 1949 event, and then built a fourth for Brown's personal use.

Chassis LML/49/4 played an important role in the development of the iconic Aston Martin DB2, and was later owned by famous factory racing driver Lance Macklin, who campaigned in both the 1950 Coppa Inter-Europa and the 1950 Targa Florio.

Having been restored in recent years by the Aston Martin Works Service, the car has made appearances at a host of international concours events, and comes with an estimate of $1.5 - $2.25 million.

Next up is another Aston Martin, this time a 1965 DB5 Vantage described as "one of the most elegant and beautiful Vantages in existence".

As one of just 65 examples ever built, the car is also only one of 10 original factory left-hand drive Vantage examples with factory air-conditioning. Finished in the classic color combination of Goodwood Green over a tan leather interior, this icon of British motoring is expected to sell for $1.1 - $1.3 million.

And completing the trio is a 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America, with beautifully styled coachwork by Pinin Farina.

(Images: Gooding & Company)

(Images: Gooding & Company)

One of only 181 left-hand-drive B24S Spider Americas ever built, chassis 1009 comes with its original matching-numbers engine and is believed to be the second-oldest surviving example in existence.

As a recent winner of Best of Show at the Colorado Concours d’Elegance, the Spider America will now be offered with an estimate of $1.6 - $1.8 million.

"Each of these cars represents the best of its category, is wonderfully presented, and is an essential piece to its respected marque’s history," states David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company.

"Cars of this caliber and quality are what the market demands and we are proud to meet that demand with this selectively curated lineup of exceptional sports cars."

The Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction takes place on March 10.

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