1935 Aston Martin LM19 leads Goodwood auction

A 1935 Aston Martin works Ulster LM19 sports car has sold for £2.9m ($4.5m) at Bonhams - a record for a pre-war Aston Martin.

The lot headlined a sale of classic cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed auction on June 26.

Goodwood Aston Ulster
The Aston Martin LM19 is an iconic sports car

The lot was pronounced by its creator, AC Bertelli, as "one of the best cars I ever built". A total of four were produced. The other three are housed in high profile collections.

Bonhams described the model as "a proper chap's sports car…

"This car's history includes some of the most capable of 1930s British private owner/drivers. It also features participation in the world's greatest, most gruelling and most charismatic endurance races - the French Le Mans 24-Hours, the Italian Mille Miglia, and the RAC Tourist Trophy on the fabulous Ards public road circuit in Northern Ireland."

A 1961 Porsche RS-61 Spyder sports racing two-seater made £1.9m ($2.9m).

The lot comes from the personal collection of legendary racing driver Stirling Moss.

He explained that the models are "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...'".

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