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The top lot of the day was an excellent example of arguably the most iconic Aston Martin model, a 1964
Aston Martin DB5. Several bidders appeared keen to purchase their very own ‘James Bond car,’ and
eventually the hammer fell to a telephone bidder for the sum of £561,500. Early DB models proved popular
throughout, with a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 ‘Series III’ 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon achieving £399,100 and a
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 Vantage Sports Saloon selling for £382,300.
It was not just the classic models which saw success in the saleroom, however. More modern examples
proved popular with the large international crowd of bidders gathered in the room with the 1989 Aston Martin
V8 Vantage Volante ‘X-Pack’ 7.0-Litre, achieving £345,000 after a long exchange between two keen
bidders whilst the 1997 Aston MartinVantage V600 Coupé realized £225,000 and the 2000 Aston Martin
Vantage Le Mans Coupé sold for £309,500.
A barn-find always elicits excitement in the saleroom, and today was no different, with three projects in
various states of restoration offered in total and all three selling. The 1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkII Sports
Saloon sold for £54,625, despite having been off the road for close to four decades, whilst the 1961 Aston
Martin DB4 ‘Series III’ Sports Saloon Project which was offered in a partly restored state inspired fierce
competition in the room, eventually achieving £225,500.
Bidders looking for a slightly more ‘on the button’ Aston were battling over the ready-to-race 1960 Aston
Martin DB4 4.5-Litre Lightweight Competition Saloon. A lengthy three-way exchange between the room
and the telephones was sparked before finally selling for £210,000.
Single-marque sales are often showcases for some of the most unique and bespoke models produced. The
1996 Aston Martin V8 Sportsman Estate Car is one of only three created, and was originally converted in to
its shooting brake format at the Aston Martin Works. Having returned to Newport Pagnell, it drew some
admiring (and sometimes perplexed!) glances during viewing and sold for an impressive £300,000.
The sale also encompassed a cornucopia of Aston Martin and Lagonda related automobilia, ranging from
James Bond registration plates to gearboxes. The former, a Nassua Bahamas license plate as fitted to
James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 in Casino Royale (2006) achieved £4,250 and the latter, a ZF 5-speed
gearbox for Aston Martin DB5 sold for £5,250. The license plate ‘V8 VAN’ sold for an impressive £4,750.
Tim Schofield, Head of Motoring Department UK, commented: ‘Even in our 18th year at the Aston Martin
Works, we are seeing a continued interest and enthusiasm for our sale. Bonhams prides itself on the breadth
of its offerings at auction, and despite its single-marque status, this sale is no different. With lots ranging from
a barn-find projects to race ready lightweight competition cars, this sale had something for all admirers of the
Aston Martin and Lagonda marques.'
James Knight, the auctioneer for the sale and the International Managing Director for Collectors’ Motor Cars,
added: ‘Bonhams and its motoring department once again demonstrated their ability to consign some of the
finest examples of Aston Martins and Lagondas from across the world. The saleroom was packed with a
selective crowd of Aston connoisseurs who favoured vehicles with strong provenance and impressive
credentials, and we saw bids coming in from the UK, continental Europe, the far East and America.'
Other highlights included:
- 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon sold for £292,700
- 1989 Aston Martin V8 Zagato Volante sold for £281,500
- 1997 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Coupé sold for £253,500
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