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‘Red Dragon’ Aston Martin Ulster comes up for auction

Bonhams will sell the 1936 Aston Martin Speed Model ‘Red Dragon’ at its Goodwood Revival sale on 10 September.


With the Goodwood Revival approaching quickly, Bonhams has announced a particularly special consignment for its 10 September Auction: A 1936 Aston Martin Speed, which is known as ‘Red Dragon’.

Estimated at £1.6m-£2.0m, this stunning black Aston Martin was built to be the ultimate Ulster model. Originally built for racing driver Richard ‘Dick’ Seaman, this particular Ulster went up against the new BMW 328 in the RAC TT, which took place at the Ards circuit in Northern Ireland.

Although it didn’t win, the car was sold to Dutch driver Eddie Hertzberger, who successfully campaigned the car in the Mille Miglia, as well as the Le Mans and Spa 24 Hour races. The best result was a win at the 1937 Grand Prix des Frontiéres meeting in Belgium.

Following World War 2, the Aston Martin was bought by Welsh amateur racing driver, Dudley Folland. John Polson, Bonhams Motoring Specialist, said: ‘Folland chose ‘Red Dragon’ because it was the most competitive British built car available in the early years after the war.

‘Having proven itself in Hertzberger’s hands, it was the best British race car available, and Folland proved very competitive in it, finishing third in the Paris 12-hour race in Montlhéry in 1948, and holding 2nd in the Spa 24-hours before crashing dramatically very near the finish.’

Today, the car still proudly displays the red dragon symbol, and is still regarded by many as the ultimate Aston Martin Ulster.

Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Motoring Director, said: ‘This is an incredibly historic Aston Martin. Having competed in so many of the most renowned great sports car races of the 1930s and 1940s, it is regarded as the ultimate ‘Ulster’ Aston Martin and its provenance, including Dick Seaman, Eddie Hertzberger and Dudley Folland, is impeccable.’

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