King Baudouin, who reigned in Belgium from 1951 until his death in 1993, was well known for his love of fast cars. He also owned a Porsche Spyder and was passionate about Maseratis. The Aston will be sold with a set of photographs of King Baudouin with his brother, the present King Albert II. It is in mint condition, following its restoration that took place between 2001 and 2008. The DB2/4 was described by Autocar magazine as “an expensive car designed to cater for the connoisseur of sports cars who is not limited by financial considerations”, back in 1953.
A 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Sports Saloon owned by another well-known Belgian figure, financier Baron Empain, is also to go under the auctioneer’s block. Estimated at €200,000 to €250,000 ($312,235 – $390,294), the car was delivered new to Baron Empain in 1956 and kept until 1960 when he sold it to a family member, Count d’Arschot.
A few great cars from the pre-war era are also for sale, include two competition cars, the 1930 Alfa Romeo Grand Sport Zagato, first raced by the political activist and amateur racing driver, and a 1929 Alfa Romeo Supersport ex-Campari. The sale also includes the 1933 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix Two-Seater owned by the late Fitzroy John Somerset, the 5th Baron Raglan, a patron and former Chairman of the Bugatti Owners' Club.