1934 Aston Martin Other Aston Martin Models
1934 Aston Martin Other Aston Martin Models
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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
    F4447S
  • Classic Car ID
    102047731
  • Stock Number
    1228227
  • Category
    Antiques
  • Body Style
    N/A
  • New/Used
    Used
  • Mileage
    N/A
  • Engine
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Classic Car Overview

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys The Tegernsee Auction event, 27 July 2024.
1,000,000 - 1,300,000 EUR

  • Finished 15th overall in the 1935 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • One of just 31 examples built of the Aston Martin Ulster two-seater sportscar
  • Benefits from a restoration by pre-war marque specialist Ecurie Bertelli, performed between 2007 and 2008
  • Powered by its matching-numbers 1,500-cc, high-compression, overhead camshaft four-cylinder fed by twin SU carburettors
  • Eligible for numerous historic events; boasts more recent entries into Aston Martin Owners Club competitions, plus the 2009 Mille Miglia Storica


An advert from Aston Martin proudly proclaimed that its new Ulster sportscars were built for durability with such precision that they hold their tune and maintain performance with remarkable regularity . Given such a testimony, and a guaranteed top speed of 161 km/h, the two-seater model was ideally suited to the demands of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A visit to Le Sarthe in 1935 yielded a remarkable result of 3rd overall for the top-ranked Ulster, falling behind only larger-engined rivals.

The example offered here, chassis F4/447/S, was wearing race number 30 when it reached the chequered flag that same 16 June day in 15th place. Equipped from new with a chrome radiator, with Prince Biras sister car the only other Ulster to initially gain a similar treatment, it was shared by Goldie Gardner and Alfred Belo, at the time a relatively inexperienced race pairing. The duo endured a brush with a bank that damaged the front axle to force an extended visit to the pits on the Sunday morning, yet they still achieved a staggering average speed of 107 km/h.

Gardner is believed to have sold the Ulster come 1938, with the car registered for road use in March the following year before the outbreak of World War II. The Aston Martin was soon acquired and stored by a Mr Dundas; however, he was killed during the conflict. Off the road until 1953, chassis F4/447/S was listed for sale by his mother for 495, and caught the attention of a Mr Basil Scully. The owner of a Massachusetts, USA-based car workshop, which serviced the Ulster during his custodianship, he had it painted dark green and entered various hill climb competitions.

Mr Scully held onto the Aston Martin for 33 years before illness moved him to sell it in August 1986 to Mr Hugh Palmer of Rutland, UK, who insured it for a value of 52,000. After a three-year stint, the car was bought by occasional Aston Martin Owners Club racer and Virgin Records executive, Mr Simon Draper of Guernsey. While he moved the Ulster on in 1993, Mr Draper repurchased it a decade later before chassis F4/447/S found a longer-term home with Mr Alan Beardshaw. He acquired the car in December 2005, and two years later commissioned a six-month restoration by Ecurie Bertelli (invoices available to view on file), the Buckinghamshire-based pre-war Aston Martin specialist having already worked on the car over the preceding 15 years. At this point, the Ulster was painted in its current hue based on paint samples understood to have been found on the chassis. Much of the charming patina was retained.

Once completed, the Beardshaw family contested AMOC races and participated in the 2009 running of the Mille Miglia continuation event. The Ulster was subsequently bought by its UK-based consigning owner in February 2023 and has since been serviced and race prepared by the revered Blakeney Motorsport. Following the fitment of new tyres, an oil catch tank, fire extinguisher, plus a refresh of the radiator, ignition system, and carburettor, the Ulster participated in Vintage Sports-Car Club races in last years prestigious Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting and at Silverstone. The car has also been issued its VSCC buff forms.

Given just 28 out of the 31 originally built are thought to remain, the sale of any Ulster makes for a remarkable opportunity. Beyond its rarity, chassis F4/447/S boasts a fascinating known history and is eligible for the most prestigious of historic motorsport events, so is ready to be celebrated by its next custodian on the occasion of its 90th birthday.


Please note this lot has entered the EU on a temporary import bond, which must be cancelled either by exporting the lot outside of the EU on an approved Bill of Lading with supporting customs documentation or by paying the applicable VAT and import duties to have the lot remain in the EU.

Bitte beachten Sie, dass dieses Los mit einer vorbergehenden Importgenehmigung in die EU eingefhrt wurde. Diese muss entweder durch die Ausfuhr des Loses aus der EU mit einem genehmigten Frachtbrief mit entsprechenden Zollunterlagen oder durch die Zahlung der gel-tenden Mehrwertsteuer und Einfuhrz lle aufgehoben werden, wenn das Los in der EU verbleiben soll.

To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/auctions/tc24/.

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