The green Aston in the Bonhams MM sale, which sold for £551,666 including the premium, joins the exclusive ranks of just three other DP214 reps, one of which was racing in the Graham Hill Trophy at MM. The only DP214 survivor from period is thought to be safely tucked away.
The sale car is a 1961 DB4 re-bodied to look like the Development Project 214 car, the last of the racing Astons based on the DB4. DP214 was never a Le Mans winner but being significantly lighter and more streamlined than the DB4 GT, it raised that car’s top speed from 150mph to nearly 200mph.
3729 UM (its 1961 registration) was built between 2010 and 2014 in a project that involved a variety of Aston specialists with final assembly under the auspices of leading Aston Martin race preparer, Rex Woodgate. The car was commissioned by a historic race driver who wanted to move up from DB4s to the two ultimate DB4 competition cars: the GT Zagato and the DP214. Options for the real thing being limited in either case, he simply decided to have his own built.