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Aston racers head to Bonhams' Works sale

Some Aston Martin competition cars with very interesting histories to go under the hammer at Bonhams’ Aston Martin Works sale

Bonhams’ annual Aston Martin Works auction on 9 May will as always feature some gems from the British manufacturer’s past, following from the Goodwood Members’ Meeting sale. An early highlight is one of the most finely tuned Astons around: the Marsh Plant V8R EVO 4. Those who followed AMOC racing in the 1990s will remember it well – a 560bhp downforce machine that was piloted by the late, great Gerry Marshall.

Though it was eventually run out of the AMOC Intermarque competition as ever-mightier rivals from the likes of Ferrari and Porsche were admitted, it was – and remains – a hugely impressive piece of kit. Talking to Autosport in 2009, former BTCC hotshoe Anthony Reid called the Marsh Plant V8 ‘the best Aston I’ve driven’ after taking the wheel in the AMOC Super GT series.

Much different from any contemporary Aston Martin, it owes its flypaper-like traction to the engine placement (‘incredibly low down and pushed back into the enlarged transmission tunnel’, notes Gerry Marshall’s son, Gregor), and an aero package that was developed by the Marsh Plant team with an assist from Formula 1 engineer Jock Clear.

Valued at £50,000-80,000, it represents quite an opportunity for those with designs on racing silverware, but budding Gerry Marshalls will also be able to bid on a Marsh Plant car of a more recent vintage, with DB7 DP (that’s ‘Development Project’) chassis 002 set to cross the block. A sum of £55,000-75,000 is expected to secure the 6-litre V12 bruiser, which again sounds pretty good value for a well-sorted and deadly serious track weapon.

From Newport Pagnell, it will be straight on to the annual sale in Brussels; then Greenwich; then Oxford; then the Festival of Speed…

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