LAT Archive: The spoils and spills of the '2 VEV' DB4GT Zagato

Following its unveiling ahead of being auctioned later in the year, the LAT Archive shows the chequered past of the Jim Clark-raced DB4GT Zagato DP209

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When Andy Newall hit a tyre wall in a 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO at last year's Goodwood Revival it drew considerable attention from the automotive press. Understandably so with the GTO being the world's most valuable car.

But it could have been worse. For example, the GTO could have also collided with a Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato. What's more, the Ferrari could have been driven by, say, Formula 1 world champion John Surtees and the Zagato by two-time F1 title-winner Jim Clark.

And yet, at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in 1962, exactly that unfolded during the RAC Tourist Trophy.

Over 50 years on, that Aston Martin, '2 VEV', will return to the grounds of the stately home to be auctioned on July 13 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed having been unveiled by Bonhams earlier today.

Courtesy of LAT Images, it's a chance to reflect on the success and the spills of Clark's time racing what could turn out to Britain's most expensive car.

Goodwood, West Sussex, Great Britain. 19 August 1961. From a time when grand prix drivers were masters of many disciplines, Jim Clark (Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato) leads the Ferrari 250GT SWB of Stirling Moss off the line at the start of the 109-lap 1961 RAC Tourist Trophy.

Goodwood, West Sussex, Great Britain. 19 August 1961. Clark dances '2 VEV' around the circuit on the way to an eventual fourth place.

Goodwood, West Sussex, Great Britain. 18 August 1962. A year later and, in the early stages of the race, it looks like a familiar story. Clark (Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato) is the quickest in the dash to his car and leads from the start.

Goodwood, West Sussex, Great Britain. 18 August 1962. Clark hugs the inside kerb as he pushes the Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato.

Goodwood, West Sussex, Great Britain. 18 August 1962. After re-joining the race following a pitstop, Clark spins at Madgwick Corner in the path of the Ferrari 250 GTO race leader John Surtees. The two cars collided and crashed into the safety bank.

Goodwood, West Sussex, Great Britain. 18 August 1962. One of motorsport's most iconic crashes only evolves further as, a few laps later, Robin Benson’s Ferrari 250 GT SWB careers into both of the parked cars.

Images courtesy of LAT Archive

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