Legendary Aston Martin at auction

22 October, 2015

Ask me, if money is no object, what car I’d most like to own and you’ll always get the same answer — Aston Martin’s gorgeous, and incredibly rare, DB4GT Zagato. With only 19 examples ever built, these special cars are, undoubtedly, the priciest and most coveted road-going Aston ever built — a breathtaking combination of the iconic DB4 kitted out with Zagato’s beautiful and lightweight aluminium bodywork.

Quite simply, opportunities to obtain one of these spectacular Astons are virtually non-existent — until now! Yes, one of these DB4GT Zagato will be on the block at RM Sotheby’s Driven by Disruption sale, scheduled to take place on December 10 at Sotheby’s New York. This rare Aston will be joined by a carefully curated selection of some 30 pioneering motor cars.

The DB4GT Zagato featured — chassis number DB4GT/0186/R — is the only example delivered new to Australia, having been completed in 1961. Purchased by businessman Laurie O’Neil, the car was raced extensively during the 1962 season and enjoyed numerous victories and podium successes in the hands of Doug Whitehead, including victory in the South Pacific GT Championship and fourth overall in the Sports Car Championship on the same day. The car remained in Australia for the next 30 years before returning to the UK in 1993. Since then, the car has been fully restored to concours standard and has scored numerous awards at events such as the Louis Vuitton Concours, Villa d’Este and Pebble Beach.

Alas, I have to report that, much as I’d like to, I doubt that I’ll be bidding on this amazing Aston Martin — even if I cracked open the piggy bank I doubt if I’d be able to scrape up enough to afford this blue-chip beauty.

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.