Dudley Folland was a very proud Welshman, and he emblazoned his cars with a red dragon to celebrate the fact. In his Aston Martin he finished third in the Paris 12-Hours at Montlhéry and was hugely impressed by the winner, Luigi Chinetti’s, lightweight new V12-engined 2-litre Ferrari 166 Spider Corsa. Folland was sufficiently wealthy to order a sister car from the new Maranello marque, and once it arrived he had it similarly emblazoned with the Welsh dragon, and raced it occasionally in parallel with his Aston Martin.
Ultimately he decided to lighten the Aston by having it fitted with a cycle-mudguard Spider Corsa-style body modeled after the Ferrari’s, and it is in this form today that the Aston has passed down to us – in part after no fewer than 37 years in one enthusiastic and caring ownership – as “the ‘Red Dragon’ Aston Martin”. And it is this car which will feature in the Bonhams Sale at the Revival Meeting, with an estimated price ending in numerous noughts… £1.6 to £2million in fact.
After an International season with the car he returned to Goodwood for the September 19, 1949 meeting, in which the car finished sixth in a race won by Moss’s famous 1.000cc ’Two-Way’ Cooper-JAP. The car remained most notable, however, as the first Ferrari to run in England – and for having Folland’s red Dragon symbol emblazoned on its nose as you can see here.