High horsepower at Britain’s Royal Ascot race course

Alfa TZ2 Evocation by Giodanengo
1960 Maserati 3500GT was in storage in Venice, Italy, until 2012 | Coys photos
1960 Maserati 3500GT was in storage in Venice, Italy, until 2012 | Coys photos

Royal Ascot, traditional home of British horse racing, will be the venue for Coys’ annual Ascot classic car auction May 16. More than 70 classic vehicles will be offered for sale.

According to Coys, the featured offerings include a 1956 Lotus Eleven Series 1 in Le Mans specification, an Alfa Romeo TZ2 with coachwork by Giordanengo, and a 1960 Maserati 3500GT.

The Lotus, which is Mille Miglia eligible, Coys said, originally was built in short-door Club specification but was upgraded to full Le Mans spec with a De Dion rear axle and disc brakes on all four corners.

Alfa TZ2 Evocation by Giodanengo
Alfa TZ2 Evocation by Giodanengo

The Alfa was done by Giordanengo, who was best-known for his design of the Ferrari 250 GTO and California Spyders. The car had spent 40 years in the Milan Telecommunications Museum but has been readied for driving.

The Maserati had been in storage near Venice, Italy, until 2012 but also has been mechanically freshened and readied for driving.

Other significant lots include a 1918 Bianchi Sport, a 1937 Ford Model 78 V8 woodie station wagon, a 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 sports saloon by Lancefield and a 1995 Porsche 993 RS. There’s also a very colorful 1960 Lamborghini tractor.

The full auction catalog is available on the Coys website.


A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.