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DB6s in all their configurations and specifications will be offered at the sale, including a 1967 DB6 Vantage
Sports Saloon (£280,000 - 340,000), a 1970 DB6 Mark 2 Saloon (£270,000 - 310,000) and one of the stars
of the show, a rare 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante (£700,000 - 900,000). The successor to the legendary
DB5 model, the DB6 was introduced at the 1965 London Motor Show and enjoyed a rapturous reception – for
the most part. The more conservative Aston Martin clientele disliked the ‘showy’ Kamm tail rear-end (similar
to that of a Ferrari 250), but eventually warmed to the new model with its improved stability, lengthened
wheelbase and increased headroom.
Arguably the most widely-known and celebrated Aston Martin model is the DB5, and Bonhams will offer a
1964 example, estimated at £500,000 - 600,000. Considered the first cinematic James Bond car, the DB5
has become a by-word for classic British design and cool. Although Ian Fleming put the British agent in a DB
MkIII in the original novel, Goldfinger, the DB5 was the company’s latest model at the time of the film’s
release, and thus the one chosen to take to the silver screen.
Half a century on from the iconic DB5, Aston Martin are still creating jaw-droppingly beautiful cars – such as
the 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 (£350,000 - 400,000). Numbered 74 of just 100 built, this example is
as-new and unregistered, as well as being the only example finished in Viridian Green.
A pinnacle of exclusivity is offered in the form of the 1996 Aston Martin V8 Sportsman Estate Car (£300,000
- 350,000). One of only three examples built by Aston Martin, the car offered is one of a pair ordered directly
from the factory by two sporting Swiss brothers. It started life as a standard LHD V8 Coupé, and was then
homologated and returned to the factory to undergo modification as a shooting brake. The vehicle has covered
a little over 21,000 kilometres from new, and is no stranger to the engineers at Newport Pagnell, having been
maintained regardless of cost by Aston Martin Works during its present ownership. This is a wonderful
opportunity to acquire an extremely rare, limited edition Aston Martin which, as one would expect from such a
prestigious marque, combines both practicality and outstanding performance.
And no Bonhams Aston Martin sale would be complete without a barn discovery. For 2017, the rewarding
project on offer is a 1957 DB2/4 MkII Sports Saloon (£50,000 - 70,000) which comes with a fascinating
history. First owned by the renowned Aston Martin enthusiast, The Hon John Dawnay (later The Rt Hon
Viscount Downe) of Wykeham Abbey, the car was registered as ‘VN 4.’ Some years later, the vehicle was
registered to a Mr. Frederick ‘Fearless Freddie’ Mills, a colourful character on the British post-war sporting
and entertainment scene. World light heavyweight champion from 1948 to 1950, he took up acting and
presenting after retirement from the sport and ran a successful nightclub in Soho until his death in 1965.
A similarly fascinating project is the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 ‘Series III’ Sports Saloon Project (£200,000 -
300,000). Originally owned by Kenneth Delingpole, owner of a West Midlands engineering company and
co-founder (alongside Ron Lowe) of Dellow, makers of the eponymous trials car. In present family ownership
for more than 40 years, this example has been garaged since 1987 and is offered with many new and
authentic unfitted parts, including wooden steering wheels, bumpers, new fuel pump and authentic horn push.
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