Famous Aston DB4 GT joins Concours DB4 celebration
The model once owned by Peter Sellers is headed to auction, but it's sneaking in a Concours of Elegance appearance at Hampton Court too
An Aston Martin DB4 GT, one of only three in the world with rear seats, a star of the movie The Wrong Arm of the Law and a former possession of Pink Panther star Peter Sellers, will join this year's Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace. The car will be auctioned by RM Sotheby's three days later.
It is famous for a jump scene in the 1963 movie, in which Sellers also starred and drove the car around the streets of Uxbridge Moor in London. He loved the vehicle so much that he then bought it afterwards, and the rare and iconic car will join the 60th anniversary celebrations for the Aston Martin DB4 at the concours.
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This particular Aston Martin DB4 GT, known by the registration number 41 DPX, was delivered to Brooklands dealer Ken Rudd on 1 March 1961. A ‘Type 2’ DB4 GT, this car has the aluminium bezels surrounding the headlights, a single air scoop for the oil cooler and two brake scoops. Additionally, the build sheet on file notes that the DB4GT was originally ordered with the two occasional rear seats, making it a very unusual version.
Less than a year after being delivered to Rudd, the car featured in the Sellers' short comedy crime caper 'The Wrong Arm of the Law', which revolved around a gang of criminals who impersonated policeman. The DB4GT provided an excellent getaway vehicle for the thieves.
As well as the DB4 celebration, there will be a main concours, with a collection of over 60 vehicles convening from across the globe. The line-up includes a 1903 Panhard et Levassor 15hp, similar to the one Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner and his Spice Girl wife Geri will be sharing in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run this November, a 1931 Bugatti Type 54, a unique 1954 Jaguar XK120 Pininfarina, a race-winning 1969 Porsche 917K and the 1998 Mercedes CLK LM.
For more details about the Concours of Elegance, visit www.concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets.
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