Bonhams sells Sir Peter Ustinov’s 1962 DB4 Series IV Vantage Convertible for a record-breaking £1,524,700
Sir Peter Ustinov’s 1962 DB4 Series IV Vantage Convertible has just sold for a record breaking £1,513,500 at Bonhams’ 16th annual Aston Martin Works sale. Sales for the event totaled £10,280,275, another record. With over 50 cars and 170 items of automobilia, it was the largest Aston Martin sale ever held by Bonhams at the venue.
Ustinov’s rare left-hand drive 1962 DB4 Series IV Vantage Convertible was originally estimated to fetch between £900,000 and £1,000,000. It was delivered to him at the Montreux Palace Hotel in Switzerland in 1962, and because it was intended for use on the continent, was ordered in left-hand drive configuration and specified with the more powerful ‘Special Series’ engine.
The top seller of the sale was a Vantage specification 1966 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible, which sold for £1,524,700. Less outstanding examples sold pretty much on the money with a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon at £595,100; 1968 Aston Martin DB6 ‘Mark 1’ Volante at £561,500; and the 1960 Aston Martin DB4 ‘Series 1’ Sports Saloon selling for £494,300.
‘As pioneers of the single-marque sale, we’ve returned to the Works Service here in Newport Pagnell for another great auction, exceeding all previous year’s totals, with £10.3 million of motor cars sold,’ said Bonhams UK Head of Motor Cars. ‘The quintessentially British marque of Aston Martin attracts interest from enthusiasts across the world, a fact demonstrated here today as we took bids from all corners of the globe. This year’s sale attracted a larger and more cosmopolitan than ever before, achieving an excellent result.’