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Three $10-million-plus cars heading to auction at Concours of Elegance

Ten-million-dollar automobiles are few and far between: just 48 automobiles have sold for more than US$10 million since the barrier was first breached on 17 May 2009 when a Ferrari Testa Rossa sold for $12.4 million in Italy. So far this year, there hasn’t been a car sold for eight figures, but one auction to be held at the Concours of Elegance on September 5, 2020 could see three cars all surpass that mark inside two hours.Gooding & Co has been the official Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance auction house for more than a decade and was planning its first international auction, scheduled for 1 April 2020 at Somerset House in London until the COVID-19 pandemic scuttled those plans. Gooding & Company has now joined with the Concours of Elegance to be held at Hampton Court Palace, the once home of King Henry VIII and the Tudor dynasty, and the “Passion of a Lifetime” auction will now go ahead in a setting more fitting of the quality of wares on offer.There are just 15 lots in the entire auction, but they all hail from one of the world’s most revered private collections. The lesser cars on offer are as follows:· 1955 Aston Martin DB3S (£3,000,000 – £4,000,000)· 1935 Aston Martin Ulster (£1,600,000 – £2,200,000)· 1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Cabriolet (£450,000 – £600,000)· 1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Sports Tourer (£350,000 – £450,000)· 1928 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix (£3,000,000 plus)· 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV (£1,600,000 – £2,000,000)· 1965 Lamborghini 350 GT (£400,000 – £550,000)· 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America (£700,000 – £900,000)· 1959 Lancia Flaminia 2500 Sport (£400,000 – £500,000)· 1924 Lancia Lambda 3rd Series Torpédo (£320,000 – £400,000)· 1919 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost (£1,000,000 – £1,400,000)· 1924 Vauxhall 30-98 OE-Type Wensum (£800,000 – £1,200,000)The three $10-million cars are naturally quite exquisite. They are:1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

One of just 19 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagatos built, this 1961 model will go under the hammer at Gooding & Company’s “Passion of a Lifetime” auction at the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace on 5 September, 2020, with an official estimate of £7,000,000 to £9,000,000Copyright Mathieu Heurtault / Gooding & Company

Estimate: £7,000,000 to £9,000,000 (US$9,250,000 to $11,750,000)Official Auction PageOfficial Aston Martin Model PageSpecifications: 314 hp, 3,670 cc DOHC twin-plug alloy inline six-cylinder engine with triple Weber 45 DCOE carburetors, four-speed synchromesh alloy-cased manual transmission with overdrive, front and rear coil-spring suspension, and four-wheel Girling hydraulic disc brakes.

The 1958 Aston Martin DB4 was timed at 141 mph (227 km/h), becoming the world’s fastest production road car. The following year the 1959 DB4 GT was timed at 152 mph (245 km/h), taking the world mantle once more and then, the 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato was timed at 153.5 mph (247 km/h). From our feature article, the fastest roadcars in history.

Just 19 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagatos were made, officially becoming the world’s fastest road car with a run of 153.5 mph (247 km/h). It took that mantle from Aston Martin’s own DB4 GT which had been timed at 152 mph (245 km/h)
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