Barn finds, shooting brakes and road-going racers heading to Newport Pagnell for Bonham’s 18th Aston Martin auction.
Bonhams is set to return to Newport Pagnell for the 18th annual Aston Martin sale on 13 May, offering a selection of the greatest cars from Aston Martin and Lagonda’s history. The models on offer range from early Lagondas to the modern and very aggressive Vantage GT12. There will also be a range of DB6s – in all configurations and specifications.
One of the rarest and most unusual cars on offer is the 1996 Aston Martin V8 Sportsman, which is estimated at £300,000-£350,000. This shooting brake V8 was one of two official cars built by Aston Martin Works, being based on standard V8 coupes. The British Racing Green exterior is matched by a green interior, and walnut trim.
The original Swiss owners had the engine rebuilt at the factory in 1999, and promptly sold the vehicle to a Monaco-based French art collector. Following his death in 2014, the car was offered at auction and has since been maintained by Aston Martin Works. With a total mileage of just 21,000km from new, the car has recently been extensively refreshed by Works and is described as being in 'wonderful visual and mechanical condition'.
The DB6 selection includes a well-maintained Vantage Saloon, estimated at £280,000-340,000, a 1970 DB6 Mark 2 Saloon at £270,000-£310,000 and a Volante – which carries the £700,000-£900,000 estimate.
An Aston Martin sale wouldn’t be so without a DB5, and at this event Bonhams is selling a 1964 example estimated at £500,000-£600,000. This car has had a single owner since 1972, and has been maintained continuously over the years. This includes an engine rebuild and seat re-trim 25 years ago, brake refresh ten years ago and a full respray in 2016.
Bang up to date is the Vantage GT12, which is probably the most extreme model offered in the sale. Number 74 of just 100 built, this rare machine carries an estimate of £350,000-£400,000.
And then, of course, there are the barn finds. This event’s big discovery is a 1957 DB2/4 MkII (estimated at £50,000-£70,000), which belonged to a Mr. Frederick ‘Fearless Freddie’ Mills. His name, no doubt, stemmed from prowess in the ring, as he was world light heavyweight champion from 1948 to 1950.
Perhaps one of the prettiest cars in the sale is the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 ‘Series III’ Sports Saloon Project (£200,000-£300,000). The car has been with its present owners for 40 years and comes with many new and authentic unfitted parts, including wooden steering wheels, bumpers, new fuel pump and authentic horn push. Completing the project will not be a simple task however.
The Aston Martin sale takes place on 13 May at Aston Martin Works, in Newport Pagnell.