Rare 1949 Aston Martin DB Team Car, estimated at £600,000-900,000

Magnificent models from Ferrari, Bugatti, BMW and Jaguar are revealed as highlights of Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale, all set to go under the hammer on 24 June 2016.

Ferrari 275 GTB 6c Berlinetta 1966

‘A supremely vigorous car with a fiery temperament
This is how the Ferrari 275 GTB was described when it was first launched. Ferrari built just 48 right-hand versions, with the rare 1966 model offered delivered new to the UK to British racing driver and instructor Mark Konig. Its streamlined nose, tail spoiler and cast-alloy wheels echo the very first developments seen on Ferrari competition cars. It’s truly one of the finest Gran Turismos ever produced by Ferrari. Presenting a superb, swift driving experience, this long nosed variant has been in the same family ownership for more than a decade. It is estimated at £1,600,000-1,900,000.

‘The Daytona isn’t fast – it’s blinding
So said Car & Driver in 1970. This V12 front-engined sports car had its debut in Paris in 1968, and later swiftly received the moniker ‘Daytona’ after a sweeping 1,2,3 finish by the Ferrari 330P4 at the US circuit in 1967. The Ferrari Classiche certified 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB4 ‘Daytona’ Berlinetta model offered is estimated at £620,000-680,000.

Further highlights include:
– The 2002 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina, estimated at £270,000-320,000
– The 1970 Ferrari 246 GT Dino, estimated at £180,000-240,000
– The 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Berlinetta, estimated at £180,000-200,000

Bonhams sale also features several 1960s greats, including a 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Roadster, estimated at £200,000-250,000, the 1965 Alfa Romeo GTA 1600, estimated at £175,000-225,000, and the 1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé, estimated at £180,000-220,000.

Elsewhere some eighties muscle with the 1981 BMW M1 Coupé. The M1 coupled Italian style with German engineering, as its development was a cooperative effort with top Italian specialists. The M1’s wedge-shaped coachwork proved highly efficient aerodynamically, needing very little in the way of additional spoilers and wings, even in race configuration. It is offered at an estimate of £280,000-320,000

Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Head of Motoring, said: “The Festival of Speed is the highlight of the UK summer motoring calendar. Each year Bonhams continue to offer a wealth of exciting, rare, and often record breaking motor cars, and this year is set to be no exception.”

Also offered is a rare 1949 Aston Martin DB Team Car, estimated at £600,000-900,000.

One of three lightweight cars produced by Aston Martin for the 1949 Le Mans 24-Hour, it was built as a test-bed for the later production of the DB2.

Fitted with the Claude Hill designed 2-litre, 4-cylinder engine, out of the three Aston Martins entered, ‘UMC 65’ was the only car to finish that year’s Le Mans, placing 7th overall, and 3rd in class. It later ran again as a Works car in the Spa 24-Hour, finishing 5th overall, 3rd in class. Following its works career it then enjoyed further racing success in the hands of various privateers, before entering the ownership of the current custodians in 1965.

Several specialist registration numbers are also offered at the Bonhams sale; ‘T6’ is estimated at £140,000-180,000, ‘SKY 1’, estimated at £50,000-70,000, ‘SLY 1’, estimated at £50,000-70,000, and ‘WWF 1’, estimated at £50,000-60,000.