Two classic British cars — a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible and a 1952 Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica — were announced for the Gooding London 2022 sale.
The two top British classic cars thus far announced for the Gooding London 2022 classic car auction are a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible (Estimate: £1,250,000 – £1,750,000) and a 1952 Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica (Estimate: £700,000 – £900,000). The cars join the previously announced 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione (Estimate: $7,500,000 — $8,750,000) and 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Cabriolet, chassis 55230, estimate: £3,750,000 – £4,750,000 ($4,700,000 — $6,000,000) at the London sale.
Gooding London Sale 2022
Gooding & Company London classic car auction: 3 September 2022 at Hampton Court Palace in conjunction with the Concours of Elegance.
London is currently the only location outside the USA where Gooding stage an annual classic car auction. At the first London sale, the Passion of a Lifetime Auction in 2020, Gooding earned £34,048,900 ($45,285,037) with a recorded average price per car of £2,432,064 ($3,234,645). The sale included two Bugattis for over $10 million including the most expensive Bugatti ever — a 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports that Gooding sold for $12,681,550.
In 2021, the London sale was a more modest online-only auction with £5,259,650 earned from only 14 cars with a 86% sell-through rate. The top result was for the 1969 Ford GT40, chassis P/1085 that sold for £2,508,000 ($3,462,000).
Classic 1950s British Cars at Gooding London 2022 Sale
1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible
The 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible, chassis DB5C/1906/R, (Estimate: £1,250,000 – £1,750,000) on sale in the Gooding London 2022 classic car auction is one of only 65 Vantage-specified DB5s and one of only 123 convertibles produced.
First owned by famous English stage and screen actress Beryl Reid and faithfully restored by the Aston Martin factory in Newport Pagnell, this car comes to auction with a known provenance of just a handful of caring custodians, representing a wonderful opportunity for any enthusiast keen on acquiring a very special iteration of one of the world’s most legendary automobiles.
The Aston Martin DB5 is one of the most iconic cars of all time. Introduced in 1963, the DB5 largely improved upon the previous DB4 series, boasting all of the sporting qualities of the legendary David Brown Aston Martins while being fine-tuned as a refined and elegant machine. In 1964, the DB5 reached global superstar status as the car that took center stage in the iconic James Bond film, Goldfinger. A total of 1,059 DB5s were built between 1963 and 1965, and in September 1964, the marque introduced the higher-performance DB5 Vantage, accompanied by upgrades resulting in greater power output and faster acceleration.
1952 Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica
The 1952 Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica, chassis 421/100/159, (Estimate: £700,000 – £900,000), is one of just 34 factory-built cars and possesses a fascinating period history. In addition to being displayed at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1951, it also participated in several of the most important races of its time, including the 1953 Goodwood Nine Hours. It is thus eligible for all of the best historic and vintage racing events globally, including the Goodwood Revival, Mille Miglia, Colorado Grand, Le Mans Classic, and the Monaco Historique.
The Le Mans Replica was surely one of the most impressive British competition cars produced in the immediate postwar era. It is named after the initial Frazer-Nash prototype car that finished 3rd at Le Mans in 1949. These Le Mans Replicas, highly revered by enthusiasts, particularly in the world of motorsport, are often kept in some of the world’s greatest automotive collections and are seldom offered for public sale.
More on Gooding London 2022 Sale
- 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione
- 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Cabriolet
- 1956 Porsche 550 Spyder (Barn-Find)
- 1950s British Classics: 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible and 1952 Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica
- More cars: 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ, and a 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux
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