Artcu­rial un­earths DB2 Van­tage

For­got­ten As­ton and sorry Porsche pair bring shabby to a chic new Monaco auc­tion

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Three con­trast­ing clas­sic dis­cov­er­ies will emerge into the bright lights of Artcu­rial’s new sale in Monaco on July 2. A 1953 As­ton Martin DB2 Van­tage that has been cared for but not used since the Eight­ies, a 1964 Porsche 356C that led a sport­ing ex­is­tence in Italy in the hands of an am­a­teur racer, and a one-off sin­gle-seater with 356 1600S me­chan­i­cals – the lat­ter of­fered by the fam­ily of the late cre­ator. It hasn’t been driven since 1970.

The As­ton Martin was de­liv­ered new to Sousse in Tu­nisia. It was or­dered in black, which seems rash for an un-air­con­di­tioned car in North Africa, but at least the Van­tage en­gine could stir up some breeze. It moved to France in 1959 and has been there ever since, chang­ing hands to its third owner in 1990. It’s de­scribed as highly orig­i­nal, hav­ing cov­ered only a few tens of kilo­me­tres in 27 years. Matthieu Lamoure of Artcu­rial hopes it will be pre­served.

‘Ev­ery­thing on the car has a won­der­ful patina and we were even able to drive it a short dis­tance,’ he says. ‘Some peo­ple will see it as an ex­cel­lent base for restora­tion but I think it de­serves to keep its char­ac­ter.’

The 356C has been off the road since 1980 and needs a full restora­tion, though it re­tains its orig­i­nal en­gine. The sin­gle­seater was built in 1968 by Michel Bayol, whose fa­ther Élie had won the In­dex of Per­for­mance at Le Mans in 1954 and later be­came the Porsche agent in Marseille. Michel Bayol par­tic­i­pated in a few re­gional races but died in 1970, af­ter which his fa­ther stored the car.

The As­ton Martin is to be sold with­out re­serve, es­ti­mated at €100k-150k (£87k130k) and the two Porsches are each es­ti­mated at €40k-60k (£34.5k-52k).

DB2 de­liv­ered new – in black – to Tu­nisia

One-off 356-based sin­gle-seater

This 356C needs full restora­tion

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