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DP215 ... RM Sotheby’s Presents the Most Important Works Le Mans Aston Martin at Monterey


1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype s/n DP215

1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype s/n DP215

 

BLENHEIM, Ontario, 10 July 2018

In what is to be its most historic lineup to date, RM Sotheby’s has announced the addition of the 1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype to its flagship Monterey sale, set for 24-25 August at the Monterey Conference Center in California. The Aston Martin joins the previously announced 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO and 1966 Ford GT40 to represent the pinnacle of racing performance for each of these legendary marques from the golden age of motorsport.

DP215 was the pinnacle achievement for Aston Martin’s racing program, approved by David Brown in March 1963, ordered directly by John Wyer, designed by chief engineer Ted Cutting and fitted with an engine by Tadek Marek as the final racing car built by the factory in the Brown era. By no means a converted road car, this was the ultimate evolution of Aston Martin’s racing program, and the last of the four completely one-off “Development Project” cars, with its sights set squarely on the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans just two months away. Ultra-lightweight, with a four-liter version of the DP212 engine set farther back in the chassis and cutting-edge wind tunnel-tested aerodynamics, the car was piloted by American ace driver Phil Hill, a three-time Le Mans-winner and the first ever American Formula 1 World Champion, paired with Belgian Grand Prix and endurance-racing veteran Lucien Bianchi. What the pair achieved is almost unfathomable, clocking a staggering 198.6 mph along the famed Mulsanne Straight—becoming the first car to officially break the 300 kph barrier at Le Mans.





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Following its racing career, DP215 has always enjoyed a well-documented and illustrious chain of enthusiast owners, who in later years even engaged Ted Cutting himself to consult on and approve the authenticity of the car’s long-term restoration. The current owners, Neil and Nigel Corner, vintage racing drivers of considerable renown and expertise, perfected the car’s restoration by reuniting DP215 with its original engine, 400/215/1, which was separated from the chassis very early in the car’s history but is indeed the very powerplant with which Phil Hill raced at Le Mans. DP215 is expected to bring $20,000,000 to $25,000,000 when it crosses the podium at Monterey.

Neil Corner comments
“Ted Cutting designed these project cars and has fully blessed DP215’s restoration. I will always remember when I asked him what his proudest achievement was during his magnificent career with Aston Martin and he replied that DP215’s design and its recorded speed at Le Mans eclipsed even his pride in winning the World Sports Car Championship in 1959 with the DBR1s. This was the fastest speed ever recorded by a front engine car on the old course at Le Mans.”

“The lines of the car are absolute perfection. You can see where its outstanding maximum speed came from. What’s more, its performance cannot be overemphasized - from a driving point of view, the acceleration in 2nd and 3rd gears always caused the hairs on the back of my hand to stand up. The car feels like a thoroughbred to drive – the steering is delightfully light, the brakes are outstanding for the era, and there’s nothing quite like the bark of its incredible exhaust note. I’ve driven DP215 everywhere, from rush hour traffic in the busy streets of Paris to full speed on some of the worlds greatest circuits, and I can attest that its performance is unbelievable on road or track. I hope that DP215’s next custodian drives and enjoys the car as much as I have.”

Alain Squindo, Chief Operating Officer, RM Sotheby’s Group adds
“The DP cars are completely one-off competition projects and are essentially on their own level when it comes to Aston Martin racing royalty. DP215 is the pinnacle of the Works team’s racing development, and the new owner will acquire a car that is not only extraordinarily special but also more capable of running at the front of the pack than virtually any other racing car on the market. We’ve had the pleasure of offering some of the world’s most important Aston Martins at auction, including the record-setting DBR1/1 and the DB4GT Prototype at Monterey just last year, and we’re tremendously honored to add DP215 to that list.”

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Lot

Year Make Model

Chassis #

Estimate

 

101

1987 Porsche 944 S

WP0AA0944HN
452281

$30,000 - $40,000

Result

102

1961 Volkswagen Deluxe '23-Window'

761891

$140,000 - $160,000

 

103

1959 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider

AR10204 00512

$175,000 - $225,000

 

104

1978 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'Molded Fliptail' Coupe

V8/11901/LCAV

$300,000 - $350,000

 

105

1962 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

121.042.10.
024855

$200,000 - $250,000

 

106

1991 Lamborghini Diablo

ZA9DU07P7MLA
12300

$175,000 - $200,000

 

107

1949 Fiat-Patriarca 750 Berlinetta Sport

156073

$200,000 - $250,000

 

108

1960 Jaguar XK 150 3.8 Drophead Coupe

S 838668 DN

$150,000 - $200,000

 

109

1988 Ferrari Testarossa

76424

$130,000 - $160,000

 

110

2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica

145732

$375,000 - $425,000

 

111

1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Dual-Windshield Phaeton

CL 1313

$250,000 - $300,000

 

112

1966 Porsche 911

302301

$225,000 - $275,000

 

113

1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Saloon

LLCA4

$225,000 - $275,000

 

114

1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A

187.012.35.
03759

$140,000 - $180,000

 

115

1953 Allard J2-X "Little Red"

J2X 3142

$275,000 - $375,000

 

116

1968 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2

11853

$250,000 - $300,000

 

117

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra

CSX 2095

$850,000 - $950,000

 

118

2004 Porsche Carrera GT

WP0CA29864L
001060

$700,000 - $900,000

 

119

1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Sport Phaeton style of LeBaron

902489

$450,000 - $550,000

 

120

1976 Ferrari 308 GTB 'Vetroresina'

19579

$180,000 - $220,000

 

121

1966 Shelby 427 Cobra

CSX 3102

$1,200,000 - $1,500,000

 

122

1958 Porsche 356 A 1600 Speedster

84100

$375,000 - $475,000

 

123

2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Zagato

SCFAE623X3K
800072

$280,000 - $350,000

 

124

1966 Ford GT40

P/1016

$9,000,000 - $12,000,000

 

125

1994 Porsche 911 Speedster

WP0CB2967RS
465399

$250,000 - $300,000

 

126

1994 Lamborghini Diablo SE30

ZA9DU27G0RLA
12089

 $525,000 - $725,000

 

126

1994 Lamborghini Diablo SE30

ZA9DU27G0RLA
12089

 $525,000 - $725,000

 

127

1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

08460

$300,000 - $400,000

 

128

1958 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback Sports Saloon

BC4LDJ

$800,000 - $1,000,000

 

129

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Volante

DB5C/1924/R

$1,900,000 - $2,500,000

 

130

1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

198.042.10.
002623

$1,300,000 - $1,500,000

 

131

1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Convertible Victoria

 

$4,500,000 - $6,000,000

 

132

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II

2587GT

$1,650,000 - $1,900,000

 

133

1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

16961

$725,000 - $775,000

 

134

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV

4920

$2,200,000 - $2,400,000

 

135

1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet

2231

$225,000 - $275,000

 

136

1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America

B24S 1156

$950,000 - $1,250,000

 

137

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari

206449

$3,000,000 - $4,000,000

 

138

1965 Aston Martin DB5

 DB5/2202/L

$700,000 - $900,000

 

139

1968 Porsche 908 Works 'Short-Tail' Coupe

908-010

$2,300,000 - $2,800,000

 

140

1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster

1E 12474

$225,000 - $275,000

 

141

1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype

DP215

$18,000,000 - $22,000,000

 

142

1934 Delage D8 Roadster

 40112

$250,000 - $325,000

 

143

1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Fixed Head Coupe

 170MY

$1,400,000 - $1,800,000

 

144

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

198.040.54.
00080

$1,400,000 - $1,600,000

 

145

2014 McLaren P1

SBM12ABB3EW
000024

$1,700,000 - $2,000,000

 

146

2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

WP0AE2A92BS
778175

$440,000 - $480,000

 

147

1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S Roadster

1175

$1,500,000 - $2,000,000

 

148

1948 Tucker 48

1046

 $1,800,000 - $2,100,000

 

149

1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe

1245GT

$575,000 - $700,000

 

150

2005 Ford GT

1FAFP90S85Y
400754

$300,000 - $350,000

 

151

1953 Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta

0344MM

$7,500,000 - $9,000,000

 

152

1952 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Foursome Coupe

 B342NZ

$400,000 - $500,000

 

153

1984 Ferrari 512 BBi

52559

$375,000 - $475,000

 

154

2016 Porsche 911 R

WP0AF2A95GS
195331

$325,000 - $375,000

 

155

1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Saloon

LLCC2

$225,000 - $275,000

 

156

1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II

AM/300/1114

$350,000 - $450,000

 

157

1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta 'Lusso'

4393GT

$1,750,000 - $2,000,000

 

158

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato

SCFLMCPZ0JGJ
33942

$600,000 - $800,000

 

159

1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series II

1121252

$500,000 - $600,000

 

160

1952 Delahaye 235 Coupe by Saoutchik

818039

$600,000 - $800,000

 

161

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II

DB4/664/L

$550,000 - $650,000

 

162

1965 Shelby GT350 R

SFM 5R096

$700,000 - $800,000

 

163

1954 Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe

 0327AL

$3,500,000 - $5,000,000

 

164

1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton

812 32418 H

$225,000 - $275,000

 

165

1925 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Tourer in the style of Vanden Plas

AP311

$450,000 - $550,000

 

166

1961 Cooper-Climax T54 "Kimberly Cooper Spl."

11S01

$500,000 - $600,000

 

167

1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Sedanca Coupe

 LSFE99

$350,000 - $500,000

 

168

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster

876227

$175,000 - $225,000

 

169

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

E53F001245

$275,000 - $325,000

 

170

1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster

 876875

$180,000 - $220,000

 

171

1934 Lagonda 16/80 Special Six S-Type T7 Tourer

S10886

$75,000 - $85,000

 

172

1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sedan

186.011.
00578/52

$60,000 - $80,000

 

173

1956 Austin-Healey 100-4 BN2 'Le Mans'

BN2-L/231767

$80,000 - $100,000

 

174

1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL 'Pagoda'

113.044.12.
018350

$90,000 - $110,000

 

175

1959 Lancia Appia Coupe

812.01 2371

$50,000 - $70,000

 

201

1966 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8

H-BJ8-L/35928

$100,000 - $130,000

 

202

1995 Porsche 928 GTS

WP0AA2920SS
820099

$125,000 - $150,000

 

203

1903 Cadillac Model A Delivery Wagon

1019

$140,000 - $180,000

 

204

2000 Lotus Esprit V8

SCCDC0821YHA
10128

$50,000 - $75,000

 

205

1965 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Convertible

194675S
121086

$75,000 - $100,000

 

206

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet

111.027.12.
002151

$275,000 - $350,000

 

207

2017 Ferrari California T 70th Anniversary

227523

$300,000 - $350,000

 

208

1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2

12521

$250,000 - $300,000

 

209

1995 Ferrari F512 M

100254

$325,000 - $375,000

 

210

2000 Acura NSX-T

JH4NA2160YT
800002

$110,000 - $130,000

 

211

2012 Lexus LFA

JTHHX8BH7C
1000476

$375,000 - $450,000

 

212

1939 Cadillac Series 75 Convertible Coupe

3291095

$180,000 - $260,000

 

213

1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged Tourer Recreation

RC2209

$550,000 - $750,000

 

214

2011 Ferrari 599 GTO

175960

$575,000 - $650,000

 

215

1959 Bentley S2 Continental Drophead Coupe

BC54LAR

$225,000 - $275,000

 

216

1965 Shelby GT350

SFM 5S053

$350,000 - $450,000

 

217

1988 Lamborghini LM002

ZA9LU45A9JLA
12120

$350,000 - $450,000

 

218

1968 Ferrari Dino 206 GT

00160

$550,000 - $750,000

 

219

2017 Mercedes-AMG GT3 'Laureus'

GT3 190-17 050

$400,000 - $600,000

 

220

1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II

2007GT

$1,300,000 - $1,600,000

 

221

1970 Lola T-153 'Sonoco Special'

SL 153/6

$500,000 - $700,000

 

222

1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible

 D5007718

$400,000 - $500,000

 

223

1989 RUF CTR 'Yellow Bird'

W09BT034XKPR
06010

$1,000,000 - $1,200,000

 

224

2003 BMW Alpina V8 Roadster

 WBAEJ13413AH
62209

$275,000 - $350,000

 

225

1998 RUF Turbo R Limited

W09BD0360WPR
06036

$700,000 - $900,000

 

226

1990 Ferrari F40

87041

$1,400,000 - $1,600,000

 

227

1962 Maserati 5000 GT Allemano

 AM103 040

$900,000 - $1,250,000

 

228

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena Coupe

 0807GT

$750,000 - $900,000

 

229

1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster

 1E 13853

$200,000 - $250,000

 

230

1957 Porsche 550A Spyder

550A-0116

$4,600,000 - $5,000,000

 

231

1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe

 BC54LAF

$1,200,000 - $1,600,000

 

232

1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spider Competizione

15965

$2,300,000 - $3,500,000

 

233

1959 Bentley S1 Continental 'Flying Spur' Sports Saloon

BC24FM

$275,000 - $375,000

 

234

1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Berlinetta Zagato

2124

$4,250,000 - $5,250,000

 

235

1989 Ferrari Testarossa

 79683

$130,000 - $160,000

 

236

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre FHC

 885010

$500,000 - $700,000

 

237

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

198.040.55.
00800

$1,450,000 - $1,650,000

 

238

1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale

 829AR0 001527

$600,000 - $675,000

 

239

1984 Ferrari 288 GTO

55237

$2,750,000 - $3,250,000

 

240

1958 Porsche 356 A 1600 S Speedster

83930

$350,000 - $400,000

 

241

1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR

 WDB2973971Y
000020

$4,250,000 - $5,250,000

 

242

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

198.042.10.
003116

$1,650,000 - $2,000,000

 

243

1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

SCFCV81C7HTL
15556

$400,000 - $425,000

 

244

1932 Ford "404 Jr." Roadster by Berardini Bros.

18-34926

$400,000 - $600,000

 

245

1955 Chrysler ST Special

N558968

$600,000 - $800,000

 

246

1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

16447

$575,000 - $650,000

 

247

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

3413GT

$45,000,000 - $60,000,000

 

248

1958 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

121.040.85.
01197

$175,000 - $200,000

 

249

1979 Porsche 911 Turbo

9309700477

$100,000 - $125,000

 

250

1938 SS 100 Jaguar 3½-Litre Roadster

39048

$575,000 - $775,000

 

251

1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Alloy Berlinetta Competizione

2163GT

$9,500,000 - $12,500,000

 

252

1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV

ZA9CA05A2JLA
12218

$300,000 - $375,000

 

253

1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport

915.831

$550,000 - $750,000

 

254

1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series II

8459SF

$1,750,000 - $2,000,000

 

255

1972 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9 Coupe

AM115/49 2462

$300,000 - $350,000

 

256

1912 Pierce-Arrow Model 48-SS Seven-Passenger Touring

9491

$475,000 - $575,000

 

257

1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II

7883GT

$325,000 - $425,000

 

258

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSH 2.7

9113601382

$1,300,000 - $1,600,000

 

259

1961 Plymouth Asimmetrica Roadster

1102224086

$400,000 - $600,000

 

260

1939 Lagonda V-12 Drophead Coupe

14062

$325,000 - $400,000

 

261

1956 Porsche 356 A European Coupe

55425

$200,000 - $250,000

 

262

1932 Lincoln KB Dual-Windshield Phaeton in the style of Brunn

KB 1367

$250,000 - $300,000

 

263

1990 Porsche RUF 'CTR' Carrera

WP0AB2961LS
451416

$450,000 - $550,000

 

264

1977 Lotus Esprit Series I

77020134H

$80,000 - $100,000

 

265

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 'Big Tank' Coupe

30837S115727

$160,000 - $200,000

 

266

1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale

AR101.20 00338

$120,000 - $150,000

 

267

1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe

111.026.12.
001401

$125,000 - $150,000

 

268

1968 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL 'Pagoda'

113.043.10.
004496

$125,000 - $150,000

 

269

1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce Allegerita

AR1493/E 04159

$350,000 - $450,000

 

270

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 427/425 Coupe

194376S108199

$130,000 - $175,000

 

271

1972 Nissan Fairlady 240ZG

HS30-1000111

$60,000 - $80,000

 

272

1966 Volkswagen Deluxe '21-Window' Microbus

246040754 -

$90,000 - $130,000

 

273

1998 Dodge Viper GTS-R

 1B3ER69E9WV
401072

$80,000 - $100,000

 

274

1956 Austin-Healey 100-4 BN2

BN2-L/233015

$90,000 - $120,000

 

275

1974 Porsche 914 2.0

4742906575

$45,000 - $65,000