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International Crowd Gathers to Celebrate Bonhams 18th Aston Martin Works Sale


1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 2.6-Litre Sports Saloon s/n LML/604 Est. £120,000 - 160,000  €140,000 - 190,000

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 2.6-Litre Sports Saloon s/n LML/604 Est. £120,000 - 160,000 €140,000 - 190,000

1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante s/n  DBVC/3677/R Est. £700,000 - 900,000 €820,000 - 1,100,000

1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante s/n DBVC/3677/R Est. £700,000 - 900,000 €820,000 - 1,100,000

 

London, 14 May, 2017  

Bonhams 18th annual sale dedicated exclusively to the Aston Martin and Lagonda marques took place yesterday, 13 May, at the Newport Pagnell works and saw a total of more than £5,000,000 achieved overall. Hundreds of bidders gathered from all over the world to pay homage to the British brand in its spiritual home, and James Knight presided over the packed saleroom.

 

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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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Lot

Year Make Model

Chassis #

Estimate

Result

201

1950 Lagonda 2.6-Litre Drophead Coupé Project

LAG/50/335

£12,000 - 16,000 €14,000 - 19,000

£19,550 €23,112

202

1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkII Sports Saloon Project

AM300/1250

£50,000 - 70,000 €60,000 - 84,000

£54,625 €64,577

203

1968 Aston Martin DBS Sports Saloon

 DBS/5237/R

£80,000 - 100,000 €95,000 - 120,000

£101,180 €119,615

204

1990 Aston Martin Virage 6.3-Litre 'Works Special' Coupé

SCFCAM1S8LBR
50084

£125,000 - 150,000 €150,000 - 180,000

Not Sold

205

1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé

LML/50/394

£200,000 - 250,000 €230,000 - 290,000

£180,700 €213,623

206

1996 Aston Martin Vantage - V550

SCFDAM2535BR
70132

£175,000 - 200,000 €210,000 - 240,000

£166,666 €197,033

207

1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series III' Sports Saloon Project 

DB4/748/R

£200,000 - 300,000 €230,000 - 350,000

£225,500 €266,586

208

1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 Volante

DB6MK2VC/
3778/R

£700,000 - 800,000 €840,000 - 960,000

Not Sold

209

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon

DB5/1666/R

£500,000 - 600,000 €590,000 - 700,000

£561,500 €663,805

210

1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon

DB4/569/L

£350,000 - 400,000 €420,000 - 480,000

Not Sold

211

1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III

AM/3/300/1529

£150,000 - 200,000 €170,000 - 230,000

£212,060 €250,697

212

1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon

DB6/2562/R

£280,000 - 340,000 €320,000 - 390,000

£292,700 €346,030

214

1979 Aston Martin Lagonda Saloon

L00R13010

£50,000 - 80,000 €58,000 - 93,000

£28,750 €33,988

215

1982 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

V8COR/15301

£200,000 - 250,000 €240,000 - 300,000

£197,500 €233,484

216

1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series II' Sports Saloon

DB4/267/R

£420,000 - 460,000 €500,000 - 550,000

Not Sold

217

1996 Aston Martin V8 Sportsman Estate Car

SCFCAM2SCTBL
79007

£300,000 - 350,000 €360,000 - 420,000

£337,500 €398,992

218

2007 Aston Martin Vanquish S 2+2 Coupé

SCFAC143X7B
502391

£150,000 - 180,000 €180,000 - 220,000

Not Sold

219

1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato

SCFCV8121HTL
20031

£300,000 - 400,000 €350,000 - 460,000

Not Sold

220

1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 Vantage Sports Saloon

DBMK2/4252/R

£340,000 - 380,000 €410,000 - 450,000

£382,300 €451,955

221

1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante

 DBVC/3677/R

£700,000 - 900,000 €820,000 - 1,100,000

Not Sold

222

1969 Aston Martin DBS Sports Saloon

DBS/5266/R

£90,000 - 120,000  €110,000 - 140,000

Not Sold

223

1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series III' 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon

DB4/709/R

£360,000 - 440,000 €430,000 - 520,000

£399,100 €471,816

224

2002 Aston Martin DB7 V12 Vantage Jubilee Limited Edition Coupé

SCFAB22393K
303645

£46,000 - 52,000 €55,000 - 62,000

Not Sold

225

1967 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon

DB6/3205/R

£280,000 - 320,000 €320,000 - 370,000

Not Sold

226

1989 Aston Martin V8 Zagato Volante Convertible

SCFCV81Z7JTR
30022

£265,000 - 325,000 €320,000 - 390,000

£281,500 €332,789

227

1989 Aston Martin Lagonda Series 4 Saloon

SCFDL01S5KTR
13588

£80,000 - 100,000 €95,000 - 120,000

£91,100 €107,698

228

1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 Sports Saloon

DB6MK2/4230/R

£270,000 - 310,000 €320,000 - 370,000

Not Sold

229

1968 Aston Martin DB6 'Mark 1' Volante to Vantage specification

DBVC/3675/R

£680,000 - 750,000 €810,000 - 900,000

Not Sold

230

1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante 'X-Pack' 7.0-Litre

SCFCV81V3KTL
15790

£350,000 - 400,000 €420,000 - 480,000

£387,900 €458,575

231

1954 Aston Martin DB2 MkI Sports Saloon

LML/604

£120,000 - 160,000  €140,000 - 190,000

£152,700 €180,522

232

1960 Aston Martin DB4 4.5-Litre Lightweight Competition Saloon

DB4/744/R

£220,000 - 260,000 €260,000 - 300,000

£236,700 €279,826

233

1997 Aston Martin Vantage V600

SCFDAM253TBR
70164

£220,000 - 260,000 €260,000 - 310,000

£253,500 €299,687

234

1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon

DBSV8/10105/R

£40,000 - 50,000 €47,000 - 59,000

£51,750 €61,178

235

1999 Aston Martin DB7 Limited Edition Coupé

SCFAA1118XK
102631

£35,000 - 40,000 €42,000 - 48,000

Not Sold

236

2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé

SCFDAM2S9YBR
70269

£350,000 - 450,000 €420,000 - 540,000

£309,500 €365,891

237

1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series I' Sports Saloon

DB4/116/R

£380,000 - 450,000 €450,000 - 540,000

Not Sold

238

2003 Aston Martin DB7 V12 Vantage Coupé

SCFAB22393K
303645

£46,000 - 52,000 €54,000 - 61,000

£55,200 €65,257

239

1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Saloon

DBSV8/10297/R

£70,000 - 90,000 €83,000 - 110,000

£82,140 €97,105

240

2004 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupé

SCFAC13314B
501305

£80,000 - 90,000 €95,000 - 110,000

£91,100 €107,698

241

1990 Aston Martin Virage

SCFCAM1S8LBR
50019

£40,000 - 50,000 €48,000 - 60,000

Not Sold

242

1981 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

V8VOL/12319

£150,000 - 180,000 €180,000 - 220,000

Not Sold

243

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Coupé

SCFGKBJY4GG
S62485

£350,000 - 400,000 €420,000 - 480,000

Not Sold