22 July, 2018

Record Sales For Aston Martin & BMW at Auction

The Goodwood Festival of Speed (FOS)  is enjoying a record year.

Now in its 25th year, the celebrations were epic. Examples of some the highlights involved a Range Rover doing the Hill Climb on two wheels, a V8 powered smartcar-esque vehicle racing through the famous track and the NIO EP9 producing a blistering lap which is the fastest of its kind. 

The 2018 FOS was up there with the best but it gets better because auction records were also broken! 

Let's take a closer look.

The Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Story

Before we get into the 2 VEV there is something that needs to be cleared up.. its family tree. 

  • Only 19 Zagatos were ever made of which 18 exist to this day.
  • 2 of these cars were chosen to be Aston Martin's unofficial racing car and were called the 'VEV' twins (1 VEV and 2 VEV).
  • The car which sold in auction was 2 VEV. 

Now that's cleared up, let's take a closer look at the record breaker.

Aston Martin '2 VEV' Racing History

During the 1960s, racing was reaching new peaks. The Ferrari 250 GTO and its later iterations such as the Berlinetta were battling amongst an array of worthy challengers including the VEV twins which illustrate its racing prowess. 

The legendary Jim Clark was chosen as one of the drivers and raced in glittering events such as the Paris 1,000 KM and also Le Mans. 

The racing history of this car adds to its already enviable heritage.

1957 BMW 507 Roadster Record Sale

During a day of record sales, BMW joined the band when a 507 Roadster belonging to John Surtees sold for a record £3,809,500 which exceeded its estimate of £2m - £3m.

One of the major factors contributing to this sale was its rarity because a BMW 507 in this specific calibre is extremely difficult.

Final Words

Aston Martin is making a name for themselves in the auction world with two record sales in the space of one year. 

Just last year a DBR1 sold for $22.5m which topped our 5 most-expensive cars bought at auction countdown. Now boasting a European record for most expensive British car sold at auction, they are truly experiencing a stellar period of success.

With the new Superleggera aiming for the crown of the Super GT market, will Aston Martin be entering a new phase? 

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Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato 2 VEV Sells for £10.1m - William George & Co.
Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato 2 VEV Sells for £10.1m - William George & Co.
Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato 2 VEV Sells for £10.1m - William George & Co.
Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato 2 VEV Sells for £10.1m - William George & Co.