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Aston Martin DB3 Stars at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival Sale

Image: Courtesy of Bonhams

Image courtesy of Bonhams

The 2022 Goodwood Revival is fast approaching, with three days of historic motor racing events lasting from September 16 to 18. The event will once again be accompanied by a Bonhams auction, this time on September 17, featuring 120 vehicles and a plethora of automobiles. The variety of vehicles on offer is broad, spanning from a Porsche tractor to classic utility vehicles, and from modern sports cars to vintage track machines.

One of the sales’ many stars is the 1952 Aston Martin DB3 Sports-Racing Two-Seater. An ex-works example, the Aston won the 1952 Goodwood 9 Hours with Peter Collins and Pat Griffith behind wheel and finished second overall at the 1953 Sebring 12 Hours race driven by George Abecassis and Reg Parnell. The car was also campaigned in the 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans, completing 230 laps before being retired. The current owner has raced the DB3 extensively in vintage races and had it sympathetically restored recently back to its original 1952 racing colors.

A second headliner at Goodwood is a 1959 Cooper Monaco-Climax Type 49 Sports Racing Two-Seater. Cooper Car Company records show the Type 49 was completed for Jack Brabham and was delivered to Australia sans engine. Finished by Ken Stratton, the car was run by John Coombs’ Guildford Garage. Brabham owned and raced the car through early 1960 before selling it, by which time the T49 had also been raced by Bruce McLaren and Roy Salvadori. Subsequent owners continued to race the car, including the current custodian who first campaigned it at the 2012 Bahamas Speed Week Revival, among others.

Image courtesy of Bonhams

A few of the other highlights include a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon that has remained in the ownership of the current family since 1973, and a rare RHD 1966 Citroën DS21 Décapotable with coachwork by Henri Chapron and Citroën Heritage documentation. Also crossing the block is the ex-works 1922 “Strasbourg” Sunbeam Grand Prix Racing Two-Seater driven by Major H.O.D. Segrave, and a 1964 Porsche 904 GTS Coupe that was formerly part of the noted Petitjean Collection.

Check out the full list of offerings at the Goodwood Revival Sale here