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This 1961 Aston Martin is set to become the most expensive British car to sell in Europe when it goes under the hammer this summer - as it is expected to fetch as much as £15 million.
It's a DB4GT Zagato bathed in racing pedigree, driven - and crashed - by two-time Formula One World Champion Jim Clark and meticulously retained under single-family ownership for the last 47 years.
DB4GT - Zagato - History - Bonhams - Goodwood
Described as 'the most important DB4GT Zagato in history', it will sold at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on 13 July.
The auction house, which specialises in super-rare and ultra-exotic road cars and race machinery, said it is 'the most celebrated of all the Newport Pagnell marque's early 1960s Grand Touring cars, and arguably the most important of all designer and coachbuilder Carrozzeria Zagato’s creations'.
Order - Car - Europe - £5 - Bentley
In order to become the most expensive British car sold in Europe it needs to exceed the £5,041,500 paid for a 1929 4.5-litre supercharged Bentley 'Blower' - also sold at a Bonhams auction at Goodwood - in 2012.
The most expensive British car sold globally is the 1956 Aston Martin DBR1, which achieved a staggering £17.5 million in Monterrey, California last year.
Bonhams - Spokesperson - Zagato - Front - Collectors
A Bonhams spokesperson said the Zagato would achieve more than £10 million when it goes in front of collectors in July. However, other experts have valued it closer to £15 million, which brings it within touching distance of DBR1.
So why is it this particular Zagato held in such high regard?
Aston - Martin - Records - Cars - VEV
According to Aston Martin's records, it's one of two quasi-works cars - both of which were registered VEV, with this one being '2 VEV' - and one of only three ever to be made to a lightweight specification designed purely to dominate on the track.
Throw into the mix that it was also driven by one of the most iconic...
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