Roy Salvadori's Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica for sale at Bonhams

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Le Mans Lover

2016-08-15 09:26:44

A 1950 Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica owned by the celebrated British racing driver Roy Salvadori is heading to the Bonhams auction block next month.

The car is one of the highlights of the annual Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale, which takes place at the historic race track on September 10.

Roy Salvadori (1922 – 2012) was a Formula 1 driver who also competed in the world's most famous endurance races, claiming victory in the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours race alongside legendary co-driver Carol Shelby.

He acquired the car in 1951, and entered it into the BRDC International Trophy Meeting at Silverstone – where disaster struck almost immediately.

Having set the fastest time during practice for the 2-litre Production Sports Car Race, Salvadori was then involved in a crash which almost ended his life.

"I was leading, a big thing for me then, ahead of Bob Gerard, Tony Crook and the other Frazer-Nashes. So I was feeling pretty good about life," Salvadori told Motorsport magazine in 2008. "…we came up to lap a group of slower cars which were having their own battle. I tried to overtake them all, but it couldn’t be done."

"At Northampton hospital they decided they could do nothing for me, and pushed me into a corner. They rang my parents, but told them I was unlikely to be alive by the time they got there. A priest was summoned and gave me the last rites."

He remarkably survived, with no memory of the traumatic day, and six months later he was back behind the wheel of the very same, repaired and restored Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica. He went on to campaign the car the following season, winning the 2-litre class and finishing sixth at the May Meeting's Production Sports Car event at Silverstone, before selling it in 1952.

Having remained in its present ownership for almost 45 years, the car is one of the world's most original and unspoiled surviving Frazer-Nash replicas, and comes to auction with an estimate of £580,000 - £640,000 ($750,000 - $827,000).

Further British highlights from the sale will include a number of esteemed Aston Martins, such as a 1936 Aston Martin Speed Model known as the 'Red Dragon', estimated at £1.6 - £2 million ($2.12 - $2.65 million); a 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Volante estimated at £800,000 - £1 million ($1 million - $1.3 million); a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Saloon valued at £450,000 - £550,000 ($580,000 - $710,000); and a 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon estimated at £280,000 - £340,000 ($360,000 - $440,000).

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