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March 7th, 2017

Trio of Iconic Sports cars heading to Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island Auction

The acclaimed auction house Gooding & Company known for selling some of the world’s most significant and valuable collector’s cars, have announced a trio of esteemed European sports cars which are heading to the company’s Amelia Island Auction scheduled on March 10.

These cars known for their significant automotive history and amazing coach work are something which collectors and enthusiasts will not want to miss. As per President  & Founder of Gooding & Company, Mr. David Gooding “Each of these cars represents the best of its category, is wonderfully presented, and is an essential piece to its respected marquee’s history”. He also further adds that “Cars of this calibre and quality are what the market demands and we are proud to meet that demand with this selectively curated line-up of exceptional sports cars”.

The following are the three cars which are making its way to the Amelia Island Auction on March 10, 2017.

Aston Martin DB Mk II 1949

1949 Aston Martin DB Mk II

The DB MK II is considered as an integral piece of the Aston Martin history.  In 1947 David Brown bought Aston Martin and Lagonda, and immediately formed a works racing team within the company. To compete in the first post war 24 hours of Le Mans scheduled for June 1949, the team built three new Aston Martins (Chassis LMA/49/1, LMA/49/2, and LML/49/3). However Brown had a fourth example built for his personal use and that’s exactly the car (Chassis LML/49/3) presented here. This DB Mk II served as a personal transport for Mr. David Brown and also gets the credit for the development of the production version of the Aston Martin DB2 through extensive testing.

After Brown, this car was owned by famous factory racing driver Lance Macklin. The car was further developed and campaigned by Macklin with works support at the 1950 Coppa Inter-Europa and the 1950 Targa Florio two of the most famous Italian sports car races of post war era. This amazingly restored beauty done by the Aston Martin Works, since then has been presented at world renowned concurs and events. This car was presented at the 2010 Mille Miglia Storica, the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and the 2016 Windsor Castle Concours d’Elegance. The presentation of this DB Mk II represents a once in a life time opportunity for those classic car collectors who have immense admiration for fine English sports cars and also for those who love the Aston Martins from the David Brown-era. (estimate: $1,500,000-$2,250,000)

Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America 1955

1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America

This masterfully styled coachwork by Pininfarnia can attain a top seed of 115mph and thus has always been lauded by Lancia enthusiasts and knowledgeable collectors. The 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America is a great combination as a beautiful and fast machine. This Spider America (Chassis 1009) is among the one of the just 181 left hand drive B24S ever built and also believed to be the second oldest surviving example of the model. Since new the Lancia had a very few owners and for nearly three decades it was in the loving care of single family. The Chassis1009 received a show quality restoration in 2014. Finished in the factory colour of Grigio Newmarket the interiors were also re upholstered with Vaumol leather. In June 2014, the car earned Best of Show title at the Colorado Concours d’Elegance . Among the most desirable road going sports car and finest example of Lancia this car retains the matching numbers engine accompanied by the factory chassis log and build record. (Estimate: $1,600,000-$1,800,000)

Aston Martin BD 5 Vantage 1965

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage

It was the year 1963 when the legendary Aston Martin DB 5 debuted and the 1964 James Bond film ‘Goldfinger’ made it a Hollywood icon. The DB 5 Vantage variant was introduced shortly after with a modified engine capable of producing 314 BHP. Only 65 of these were produced. This 1965 DB 5 Vantage chassis DB5/2211/L is among the 10 original factory left hand drive examples wit factory air conditioning.  This is one of the most beautiful and elegant DB 5 Vantage in existence finished in a colour combination of Good-wood Green over tan Connolly leather hides, Moreover this superb Aston Martin has benefitted from a ground-up restoration in 2002 by a marque specialist and is a rare opportunity to own this beautiful classic machine with timeless design. (estimate: $1,100,000-$1,300,000)

This is a rare own these amazing pieces of art and engineering for those who collect cars and even for all the enthusiast who love vintage sports cars.

All images copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photos by Mathieu Heurtault.

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