Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed auction on July 13 will offer the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato “2 VEV,” one of the most significant cars from Aston’s golden era. Estimate is $13.25 million. This car rates as one of the four or five most desirable Astons ever alongside the DBR1 race cars that gave Aston its only World Sportscar Championship title, and the DP215 GT racer.
In 1961 and ’62, 2 VEV was raced with vigor against Ferrari GTOs and 250 SWBs, often with future two-time world champion Jimmy Clark at the wheel.
Of the 19 DB4 GT Zagatos ever made, 2 VEV is one of only two “VEV” quasi-works racers campaigned by John Ogier’s Essex Racing Stable. It is one of only three configured in the ultra-lightweight DP209 specification. 2 VEV has been in single-family ownership for nearly 50 years. Considering it will be auctioned at FoS and the car’s importance, 2 VEV will land most probably with another English owner, but this car would be welcomed anywhere, any event in the world.
Jim Clark drove 2 VEV in the RAC Tourist Trophy race at Goodwood in both 1961 and ‘62. In 1961 Clark brought the car home fourth behind 1 VEV, driven by team leader Roy Salvadori.