Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato ‘2 VEV’ will be auctioned by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.
One of the most significant British competition cars of all time – a 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato known as ‘2 VEV’ – will be offered for auction by Bonhams in at the Goodwood Festival of speed in June.
What makes 2 VEV so special? There are a lot of important racing cars from this period, and while those from Maranello normally the attract the most praise and high values, the DB4GT Zagato was right up there. A total of 18 original DB4 GT Zagatos exist today (of the 19 built), and this example was one of two ‘VEV’ unofficial Works cars, and also one of only three built to the ultra-lightweight ‘DP209’ specification.
John Ogier’s Essex Racing Stable team campaigned 2 VEV throughout 1961 and 1962 alongside sister car 1 VEV, as an unofficial Works entry. During 1961, it competed in the Le Mans 24-Hour race and the Paris 1,000 Kilometres in which it finished 6th, driven by Jim Clark and Innes Ireland. Clark drove the car in the RAC Tourist Trophy race at Goodwood, finishing fourth.
Clark raced the same car in the RAC Trophy the following year, which was slightly more problematic. After a spin on Madgwick Corner in the path of race leader John Surtees’ Ferrari 250 GTO, both cars were taken out of the race. Followed shortly by Robin Benson’s Ferrari 250 GT SWB, a photo of this accident became one of the most iconic motorsport pictures of the last century. It was at this point already wearing the factory’s latest ‘DP209’ ultimate-lightweight specification, following an accident at Spa-Francorchamps earlier in the year.
Spending the last 47 years in single-family ownership, 2 VEV was well known for its historic racing antics in the 1980s and 1990s. Its racing life became much more infrequent after its final big rebuild by Aston Martin in 1993, following a fairly substantial accident.
James Knight, Group Motoring Chairman, commented: ‘Bonhams is absolutely delighted to be bringing this landmark vehicle to auction, which continues our history of offering the world’s most important and celebrated sports and collectors’ motor cars to market. It is, by some distance, the most valuable British motor car ever to be offered at a European auction, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for this historically significant vehicle.’