A very rare 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Cabriolet, which was previously owned by the legendary Grand Prix and sports-racing driver Innes Ireland, is sure to interest investors at a forthcoming auction.
The vehicle is one of the highlights of Bonhams' Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia sale at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 1. Recently restored to concours condition, it has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £500,000 - 700,000.
One of two DB2/4s known to have been bodied in this style by Bertone, the famous Italian coachbuilder, it was delivered new to San Francisco resident Edith Field in 1954. Field is recorded as having exhibited the car at the 1955 Pebble Beach Concours d'elegance, where it achieved 3rd place in the two-seater sports car category.
Field, who was described by a friend as a "wealthy eccentric" with "panache found only in people of significant means", owned a number of motor cars including an AC Ace-Bristol, which she entered into several races for well-known California sports car racer, James Orr.
A 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 recently doubled its estimate at an H&H auction, making £72,600.