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Unique Aston Martin set for auction

This 1954 Aston Martin DB24 is offered at Silverstone Auctions’ sale in November. Photo Vantage Magazine.

This 1954 Aston Martin DB24 is offered at Silverstone Auctions’ sale in November. Photo Vantage Magazine.

 

A 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 with an incredible story is to be offered in Silverstone Auctions’ two-day sale at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show on November 15 and 16.

In February 1954, Frank Defty took delivery of a brand new Aston Martin from a firm in Putney. Almost immediately, he entered his standard roadgoing car into the 2000-mile RAC Rally. This was followed by events at Goodwood, Oulton Park and Snetterton.

Just three months into its life in May 1954, the car was lined up against the stiffest of competition at the very first meeting at the new Aintree Race Circuit. Competing against cars which today are worth tens of millions of pounds, Defty was pitted against legendary drivers such as Colin Chapman, Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori. His Aston went on to finish the race 24th out of 25 starting cars, with Chapman crashing out of the race.

Defty continued to race ‘UPC 893’ at meetings up and down the country before he sold it in 1955, seemingly having only ever covered racing miles. The car survived a garage fire in 1978 and was restored to a high standard by a subsequent owner.

The current vendor discovered the car in storage, albeit in amazing condition, in 2007 and set about completing a simple recommission. Estimated at between £130,000 and £160,000, today this Aston looks sensational, authentic and proudly bears the patina of a car that’s been driven and enjoyed.

Sales manager of Silverstone Auctions, Paul Campbell, said: “This is an amazing car with an equally amazing history and the vendor’s enthusiasm for the car is infectious. The car is completely authentic, ready to be enjoyed and begin a new chapter of its fascinating story.”

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The car was raced at the first race at Aintree circuit in May 1954

The car was raced at the first race at Aintree circuit in May 1954

 

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