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Bertone Aston Martin DB 2/4 Spyder #LML/507 1954
Bertone Aston Martin DB 2/4 Spyder #LML/507 1954
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LML/507, the last of Arnolt's three Bertone-bodied DB 2/4 competition spiders, was shipped to the United States upon completion on board the RMS Mauretania, arriving on 26 January, 1954, well in advance of its appearance at the Chicago Motor Show, where its debut there created a sensation. Shortly thereafter, LML/507 is reported to have been sold to Phil Stewart, who was one of Arnolt's "works" racing drivers during the era. LML/507 was then sold to Carl Kiekhaefer, the famed owner of Mercury Marine, a major manufacturer of outboard engines for boats that continues to operate successfully today.

Kiekhaefer was also the founder of what racing historians regard as the first professional stock-car racing team in NASCAR. Among Kiekhaefer's many racing achievements, he won the NASCAR championship over two consecutive years in 1955 and 1956. Reportedly, Mr. Kiekhaefer even drove LML/507 at a number of SCCA-sanctioned road races during the 1950s.
Next, Peter Luan acquired LML/507 in April 1958 at the Roewardt-Thomson car dealership in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Mr. Luan enjoyed his coachbuilt Arnolt, including several entries in local races during the late 1950s. He retained LML/507 until 1969, when it was sold to Michael Schudroff, who also campaigned the car in a variety of vintage-racing events and owned the car for 38 years. It sold at Gooding & Co.'s 2009 Pebble Beach Auction for $1,045,000.

With a startling patina, the unrestored LML/507 proudly stands alone in its originality, since the two other Arnolt-Aston competition spiders have already been completely restored during their respective lifetimes.



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