The first ever built Aston Martin DBR1 sold last year for 16.9 million British pounds – that’s over 22 million US dollars.
But, this July, this gorgeous emerald green Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato is crossing the auction block at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and it might just take over the title as the most expensive British car yet. Here’s why.
It’s one of the most celebrated historic British race cars of all time – and, with only 19 total in existence, we would be willing to bet it’s on a lot of rich people’s “cars-to-buy bucket list.” (I can’t be the only one that has one of those, right?)
Also known as “2VEV” to fans, this specific car’s racing history has been a large contribution to its now legendary nameplate. 2VEV was one of only three ultra-lightweight models of its kind, dubbed the “DP209” spec. It smashed the highest of competition back in its day.
Maybe even more famous than its wins, though, is one of its losses– with future World Champion, Jim Clark, in the driver’s seat, 2VEV was involved in a crash with two other famous race cars: a Ferrari 250 GTO and a Ferrari 250 GT SWB. This specific crash is now known in the automotive world as one of the most famous of all time.
For the first time in 47 years, the car is returning to where it first made its debut in 1961 at Goodwood, but this time, it is not to race. It is to go to a new home. The current owner, Roger St John Hart, bought the car in 1971 for a mere £3600 ($4,790USD), and is now ready for it to be handed off to someone that can campaign it and its history, and maybe even race it again someday.
“…as rare and as special as they get.”