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British Heritage Sale - 7th September - Preview: Barons, Sandown Park

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David Brown's personal DB 2/4 MkIII DHC has been found, and will form part of a great line-up at this year's Sandown Park sale.

Barons' annual British Heritage sale at Sandown Park on 7th September will be headlined by a barn find 1958 Aston Martin DB 2/4 MkIII drophead coupé, originally registered by David Brown, the man who owned Aston Martin at the time.

Just 84 drophead coupés were built, and this particular example was first registered to David Brown before passing into his wife’s ownership. It was subsequently sold to a Yorkshire mill owner and was regularly serviced by Aston Martin, before being acquired by a London-based architect who sold it to the vendor in 1974. For the past 30 years it has remained unused and stored on a trailer, and has emerged from beneath its tarpaulin to present a fascinating rolling restoration project (estimate: £80,000-£100,000).

'It is amazingly sound, and complete with its 2922cc engine, original buff logbook and workshop manuals and a comprehensive history file. ‘Lost’ cars of such importance come along very rarely and, with the direct association with such a pivotal figure in Aston Martin’s history, it should be a hugely rewarding project,' said Barons’ MD Laurence Sayers-Gillan.

Other notable entries for the Sandown Park sale include the extremely rare 1934 Talbot 75 Sports Saloon with coachwork by Darracq. Thought to be one of just five examples built, it was originally ordered by the British Ambassador to Spain but was never delivered. It was displayed on the Talbot stand at the 1934 Motor Show and in 1936 it was bought by a Mr. Steed – and remained in the Steed family until 2009 (estimate: £34,000-£40,000).

No British Heritage sale would be complete without Bentleys, Rolls-Royces and Jaguars, and Barons’ has failed to disappoint. The auction includes a 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine (£43,000-£48,000) and a 1958 Bentley S1 (£22,000-£27,000). The ‘big cats’ include three XK roadsters, headed by a 1958 XK150 which has been fully restored by Grace Jaguar and upgraded by Vicarage (£75,000-£95,000).

The sale also includes a slice of 1950s nostalgia – a 1954 Morris Royal Mail van with black rubber front wings (£8000-£10,000) – and ‘KUU 33D’, the 1966 Ford Lotus Cortina used as the model for the popular Corgi Classics model of the 1980s and 1990s (£35,000-£45,000).

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