MAY 20th 2014

Big bids predicted for works Aston Martin Ulster at FoS auction

The annual Aston Martin Sale has just set new auction records, and it’s expected that the Bonhams auction at this year’s Festival of Speed may see more record-breaking Aston bidding. One of only 21 Aston Martin Ulsters built is estimated to reach £1.4-1.6m, which would exceed the world record of £1.3m for a pre-war Aston Martin, set last December.

The former works car has competed in over 100 races in the last nine decades, making it arguably the world’s most-raced Aston Martin. It has competed every year since 1935, excluding a rest period during World War Two. Most recently, it was in action at the Vintage Sports Car Club’s Spring Start meeting last month.

CMC 614 is expected to exceed the previous record set by an Ulster because, as a works car, it has competed at the very top level of international motorsport. It made its debut at the 1935 Mille Miglia and went on to finish eighth at the Le Mans 24-hour of the same year. Famous drivers to have piloted the car include Eddie Hall, Count ‘Johnny’ Lurani, Tommy Clarke and Maurice Falkner.

Given its history, the car is welcomed at events like the Goodwood Revival, Le Mans Classic and Mille Retrospective. That sort of provenance can do nothing but get collectors bidding…

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