Unique DB4GT Sets new Aston Martin Auction Record at £3.2 Million at Landmark Bonhams Sale


Lot 239 - 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT 'Jet' Coupé Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone s/n 0201L Est. £2.8 million - 3.8 million - Sold  £3,249,500

Lot 239 - 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT 'Jet' Coupé Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone s/n 0201L Est. £2.8 million - 3.8 million - Sold £3,249,500

 

Newport Pagnell, 18th May, 2013

The Bonhams auction at the Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, UK, on Saturday 18th May set a new world auction record price for an Aston Martin in the marque’s centenary year, with the unique 1960 DB4GT ‘Jet’ Coupe selling for £3,249,500 ($4,928,679). 

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The 14th annual sale of Aston Martin and Lagonda motor cars was also a landmark success for Bonhams, realising its highest ever total of £10 million. A large crowd of enthusiasts of the Aston Martin marque filled the saleroom to see many lots achieve well above their top estimates. 

The multiple-award-winning Jet was the star, attracting intense interest from bidders in the room and on the telephones, with bidding escalating at increments of £100,000 at a time. 

The car was the last off the production line and is a complete ‘one-off’ with coachwork by Italian design house Bertone. 

In 1960 Aston Martin commissioned Bertone to conceive and build a special Gran Turismo version of the DB4GT to be premiered at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. The finished design – with its strikingly angular lines – was penned by a young Giorgetto Giugiaro, who would go on to become one of the most celebrated automotive designers of our time. 

The final DB4GT to come off the production line, the car was named ‘The Jet’ and debuted as planned in Geneva alongside Jaguar’s new E-type. 

The car was offered from a deceased estate, and came to market for the first time in over 25 years. Its late owner owned several other Aston Martins, before falling for ‘The Jet’ in 1986. 

He had it restored to concours condition by the factory, since which time it has won 12 awards including ‘First in Class’ at Pebble Beach and the Hurlingham Club, and ‘Best in Show’ at Villa D’Este. 

Meanwhile a trio of barn finds – a DB4, a DB5 and a DB6 – each of which had been hidden from view, languishing in a barn or garage for more than three decades, achieved a combined total of £609,300. 

Lot 205, the 1966 DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon Project, sold for more than five times its estimate at £107,900 after intense interest from bidders in the room and on six telephone lines. There were gasps and a spontaneous round of applause as the hammer fell. 

Lot 210, the extraordinarily original 1964 DB5 Sports Saloon bought by its previous owner in 1972 for £1,500 sold for more than 200 times that at £320,700. 

Meanwhile Lot 217, the 1963 DB4 ‘Series V’ Vantage Sports Saloon, more than doubled its estimate to sell for £180,700. 

Among other lots selling well at the auction were Lot 223, a 1965 DB5 Sports Saloon that was fully restored by Aston Engineering, and Lot 242, a 1968 DB6 Volante, both of which beat their top estimates to sell for £460,700. 

James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, said: “I really did not think we could eclipse the record-breaking total achieved at this sale last year, but I am thrilled that – in Aston Martin’s centenary year – we have achieved just that. To sell every lot in an auction is almost unprecedented. 

“When the first car lot realised £190,000 against an estimate of £50,000 I thought this was going to be one of those special days and it was, culminating with the new world auction record set by the Jet. 

“As ever the day was tremendous, with both Bonhams and Aston Martin Works contributing much to ensure this was once again one of the highlight sales on the global auction calendar.” 

Kingsley Riding-Felce, Managing Director of Aston Martin Works, said: “This year’s Bonhams sale was a great success, with 197 lots finding new buyers and in excess of 2,000 customers and enthusiasts taking part. It was the first event to make use of the fully refurbished Olympia Building which now houses our Heritage Showroom, and that made the day all the more special. 

“The Heritage Showroom allows customers to take advantage of the vast knowledge and experience of the Aston Martin Works team, whether for sales, service or our world-renowned restoration division. We can now provide the unique experience of being able to view and compare cars from every era of Aston Martin’s 100 years.”

 

Lot

Year Make Model

Chassis #

Estimate
in £

Result
in £
Inc. Premium

201

1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon

AM300/3/1698

50,000 - 70,000

214,300

202

1956 Lagonda 3-Litre Sports Saloon

LB290/1/255

22,000 - 28,000

64,220

203

1998 Aston Martin V8 Volante LWB Convertible

SCFDAM2C5WBR89005

40,000 - 50,000

85,500

204

1988 Aston Martin Lagonda Series 4 Saloon

SCFDLO1SOJTR13562

30,000 - 35,000

36,800

205

1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon Project

DB6/3570/R

20,000 - 30,000

107,900

206

1962 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 3' Sports Saloon

DB4/913/R

110,000 - 130,000

158,300

207

1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon

DB6/2909/R

110,000 - 150,000

163,900

208

1997 Aston Martin DB7 Volante

SCFAA3114VK201794

16,000 - 20,000

23,000

209

1986 Aston Martin V8 Volante

SCFCV81C8GTL15449

50,000 - 70,000

77,660

210

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon

DB5/1760R

150,000 - 200,000

320,700

211

1960 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 2' Sports Saloon

DB4/290/L

120,000 - 140,000

180,700

212

1966 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon

DB6/2707/R

90,000 - 120,000

152,700

214

c.1999 Aston Martin DB7 V12 Coupé Prototype

AMWS R7 DP 001

15,000 - 20,000

23,000

215

1979 Aston Martin V8 Series 4 Sports Saloon

V8SOR12153

30,000 - 40,000

46,000

216

1969 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Volante

DBVC/3731/R

260,000 - 280,000

309,500

217

1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage Sports Saloon

DB4/1148/R

80,000 - 120,000

180,700

218

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon

DB5/1605/R

150,000 - 200,000

259,100

219

2000 Aston Martin SWB Vantage Volante Special Edition

SCFDAM2C3YBL71006

200,000 - 240,000

404,700

220

1963 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide Sports Saloon

LR/129/R

60,000 - 80,000

147,100

221

1974 Aston Martin V8 Automatic Sports Saloon

V8/11193/RCAC

24,000 - 28,000

37,950

222

1996 Aston Martin V8 Coupé

SCFDAM2585BR79003

30,000 - 35,000

30,475

223

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon

DB5/1835/R

280,000 - 320,000

460,700

224

1961 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 3' Sports Saloon

DB4/604/L

140,000 - 170,000

158,300

225

1968 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon

DB6/3213/R

80,000 - 100,000

147,100

226

2001 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupé

SCFAC13341B500001

80,000 - 100,000

93,340

227

1986 Aston Martin V8 Volante

SCFCV81C7GTR15475

38,000 - 42,000

41,975

228

1988 Aston Martin V8 Series 5 Sports Saloon

SCFCV8159JTR126592

36,000 - 40,000

Not Sold
Post Sale
34,666

229

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible

DB5C/1295/R

530,000 - 630,000

Not Sold
Post Sale
510,000

230

1987 Aston Martin V8 Volante

SCFCV81C7HTL15511

50,000 - 60,000

85,500

231

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon

DB5/1598/R

220,000 - 280,000

303,900

232

1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

SCFCV81V2HTR15595

80,000 - 100,000

95,580

233

1971 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon

DB6Mk2/4343/R

180,000 - 220,000

214,300

234

1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkII Sports Saloon

AM300/1192

110,000 - 130,000

152,700

235

1994 Aston Martin Vantage Coupé

SCFDAM2S9RBR70033

60,000 - 70,000

74,300

236

2005 Aston Martin DB9 Coupé

SCFAC01A75GA01488

28,000 - 32,000

36,800

237

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon

DB5/1684/L

240,000 - 280,000

315,100

238

1980 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Sports Saloon

V8/VOR/12270

60,000 - 80,000

98,940

239*

1960 Aston Martin DB4GT 'Jet' Coupé

0201L

2.8 mio - 3.8 mio

3,249,500

240

1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon

AM300/3/1704

45,000 - 60,000

57,500

241

1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Automatic Sports Saloon

DBSV8/10290/R

50,000 - 60,000

68,700

242

1968 Aston Martin DB6 'MkI' Volante Convertible

DBVC/3676/L

320,000 - 360,000

460,700

243

1989 Aston Martin V8 Zagato Vantage Volante

30041

120,000 - 150,000

135,900

244

1969 Aston Martin DBS Sports Saloon Project

DBS/5277/R

20,000 - 25,000

21,275

245

2001 Aston Martin DB7 V12 Vantage Coupé

SCFAB12381K301621

15,000 - 20,000

24,150

246

1970 Aston Martin DBS Vantage Sports Saloon

DBS/5660/R

60,000 - 80,000

56,350

247

1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 'MkI' 3.0-Litre Sports Saloon

LML/1016

40,000 - 60,000

113,500

248

2002 Aston Martin DB7 V12 Vantage GT Coupé

SCFAB12803K303463

28,000 - 32,000

32,775