Rare Aston racer to be auctioned off

Rare Aston racer to be auctioned off

A rare Aston Martin racer is expected to start a bidding war when it goes under the hammer in New York.

The DB4 GT Zagato rolled off the production line in 1961 and instantly became a hit on the racing circuit in Australia, enjoying numerous wins and podium finishes, including victory in the South Pacific GT Championship.

It was the pride and joy of businessman Laurie O'Neil, who put it in the capable hands of driver Doug Whitehead.

Some 32 years and another two owners later it returned to England, where it has starred at events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Aston Martin commissioned Zagato, an Italian coach-builder, to build a lightweight version of its DB4 GT. But only 19 examples were ever produced, which is why it is regarded as a highly collectable classic car.

Rob Myers, chairman and founder of RM Sotheby's, where the auction will take place on December 10, describes the DB4 GT Zagato as the greatest Aston Martin of all time and one of the greatest GT cars ever built.

He says it is an absolute jewel of a car that rivals the iconic Ferrari 250 GTO.

The DB4 GT Zagato underwent a two-year restoration in 2002. It cost £5,470 when new but is expected to sell for over £10 million at the upcoming auction.

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