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R85-million of Aston Martins sold at UK auction

2017-05-19 11:38

AUTOMOTIVE NIRVANA: Admirers of the Aston Martin and Lagonda marques at the Bonhams auction. Image: Newspress

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Newport Pagnell - The 18th annual Aston Martin Sale, held at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell and hosted by international auction house Bonhams, achieved over £5 Million last weekend.

One of the surprise stars of the show was a 1996 Aston Martin V8 Sportsman Estate Car, one of only three created, originally converted to its shooting brake format at Aston Martin Works. The rather unique and bespoke Aston Martin sold for an incredible £337 500.

Automotive history

Another highlight was a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, which took £561 500, making it the top lot of the day. The iconic car drew many bids and eventually went to a telephone bidder who now owns a piece of automotive history. Other early ‘DB’ models proved popular: 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.

The 2017 Aston Martin Sale also celebrated more modern cars. A 1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante ‘X-Pack’ 7.0-litre, achieved £387 900 after a long bidding exchange between two keen bidders whilst the 1997 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Coupé realised £253 500 and the 2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé sold for £309 500.

PRICEY ESTATE CAR: A 1996 Aston Martin V8 Sportsman.  Image: Newspress

Aston Martin president and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said: “We are very proud of our heritage at Aston Martin so it is fascinating to hear about the histories of the cars that come up for sale at these auctions. Some of our cars have led extremely interesting lives.”

New cars haven’t been built at Aston Martin Works since 2007 when production moved to Gaydon. Aston Martin Works devotes unrivalled skill and experience to preserving Aston Martin’s heritage but this year that is set to change, claims the automaker.

It was announced late 2016 that the iconic DB4 G.T. would be brought back to life by Aston Martin Works, making it the first Aston Martin to built at Newport Pagnell since 2007.

Just 25 track-only continuation cars will be built.

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