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Aston Martin Ulster sells for £2.9 million at auction

1935 car which competed in Ards TT subject of fierce bidding battle between customers at Bonhams.

Published 26/06/2015

The 1935 Aston Martin Ulster racing car, which competed in the Ards TT race, has sold for over £2.9 million at an auction in England.
The 1935 Aston Martin Ulster racing car, which competed in the Ards TT race, has sold for over £2.9 million at an auction in England.

A pre-war Aston Martin Ulster racing car which competed in the Ards TT race has sold for over £2.9 million at an auction in England.

The ex-works 1935 racing Aston Martin Ulster team Car, LM19, sold for £2,913,500, at Bonhams auctions, one of the highest amounts ever achieved for a pre-war British sports car.

The Ulster was built to compete at the highest level of endurance racing, with appearances at Le Mans, the Ards TT, the Mille Miglia, the RAC TT and the 1936 French Grand Prix.

The lot saw a protracted three-way bidding battle between customers in the room and on the telephones, finally winning out to a European bidder.

Also sold today was a 1984 Porsche 911 3.2-litre Carrera Coupé, belonging to former Top Gear presenter James May, which sold for £51,750, and ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250 S sold for £20,700, whilst his 1971 Citroën Maserati SM sold for almost double estimate at £61,980.

A 1961 Porsche RS-61 Spyder belonging to motorsport legend Sir Stirling Moss, sold for £1,905,500 and a Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster which went for £1,513,500.

Moss described the Porsche RS60/61 series as having been: “Just super cars – beautifully balanced and simply tailor-made for such races as the mighty Targa Florio around 440 miles of Sicilian mountain roads. That was one morning when I woke up and really could say to myself, ‘For today’s race you have got the ideal car’.”

James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director and auctioneer on the day, said: “We’ve had another phenomenal sale at Goodwood, with excellent figures achieved across the board as we offered some highly sought after, truly top tier collectors’ motor cars."

“It’s one of the highest figures ever achieved for a pre-war British sports cars, truly emphasizing the tremendous stature of the Aston Martin marque," he added.

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