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Aston Martins Works Auction Highlights

By raccars Published

This weekend saw one of the highlights of the classic car auction calendar at the Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell. The annual event, hosted by Bonhams and in its fourteenth year, focuses on Aston Martin cars and other memorabilia.

The star of this year's auction was a unique Aston Martin DB4GT Coupe from 1960, known as the 'Jet' and featuring Bertone coachwork. The example sold at the weekend was the last of a very limited production run of 20 units, which debuted at 1961's Geneva Motor Show and was one of the most illustrious cars of the era. The DB4GT was a sporting version of the production DB4, with a stronger but lighter chassis, rewarding Stirling Moss with a win at Silverstone on its maiden outing. A power output of 302bhp has been recorded along with a top speed of 153mph and a 0-60mph time of 6.1 seconds.

Apart from its performance, the DB4GT Coupe could boast a Connolly leather upholstered interior, Wilton carpets and luxury specification. This particular model has been immaculately restored to concours condition after suffering years of neglect and abuse, including an engine fire. Since the restoration's completion in 1988, the car has won a slew of international concours d'elegance awards and has been driven regularly. As befits one of the most covetable Aston Martins in the world, the car sold for a record £3,249,500, slightly lower than the estimated £3,800,000, but still the most expensive Aston Martin ever.

Other highlights included an Aston Martin 1964 DB5 Convertible with red coachwork, complemented by a black interior, hood and matching bag. This car went under the hammer at £510,000.

Slightly cheaper at £460,700, was a breathtaking 1968 DB6 Mk1 Volante Convertible with left-hand drive. This luxurious four-seater is finished in metallic blue paintwork with matching hood and a grey leather upholstered interior. Over the past decade the car has been garaged in winter and driven in summer and has a considerable amount of historical paperwork and service history.

The same price was paid for a 1965 DB5 Sports Saloon of the kind famously driven by James Bond in Goldfinger, which has undergone a complete rebuild, leaving it with Silver Birch coachwork, a Connolly leather interior in Charcoal and a modern Kenwood stereo system. Upon the invitation of Aston Martin Lagonda, the previous owner entered the 2011 Enstall Classic event in Austria, covering some 4,000 miles.

Also drawing gasps at the auction was a trio of barn finds, a DB4, DB5 and DB6 that have spent the last thirty years in hibernation but fetched more than £600,000 at the auction.

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