11:00AM, May 19th 2019
The Wormsley Estate
United Kingdom HP14 3YE
Bonhams have held sales in conjunction with Aston Martin since 2000 and unlike most single marque sales, the support of Aston Martin and the club like nature of Aston ownership has seen this sale stand the test of time. Held at Newport Pagnell in the Aston Martin heritage, the past couple of years have seen the sale held as part of the Aston Martin Owners Club concours. Usually limited to 30 – 40 Astons built between the 1950s and 2010s the recent sales have been poor with intransigent vendors meant despite Aston Prices reaching record levels, the sale results have been poor, at best.
Date – Sold/offered/% – Gross (US$) – Top sale (US$)
12/05/2007 23/30 (76%) $3,948,761 $851,154 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Convertible
17/05/2008 34/40 (85%) $8,640,751 $2,102,166 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT
9/05/2009 39/47 (83%) $4,361,892 $375,303 1965 Aston Martin DB5
22/05/2010 28/45 (62%) $5,344,395 $736,596 1950 Aston Martin DB2
21/05/2011 45/46 (98%) $9,495,803 $823,816 1961 Aston Martin DB4
19/05/2012 41/47 (87%) $10,144,721 $1,951,175 1991 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II
18/05/2013 47/47 (100%) $15,178,678 $4,950,318 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT Jet
17/05/2014 45/48 (94%) $14,636,623 $1,273,284 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Convertible
9/05/2015 41/51 (80%) $16,250,495 $2,350,090 1966 Aston Martin DB5
21/05/2016 25/51 (49%) $10,672,811 $1,470,702 1964 Aston Martin DB5
13/05/2017 24/42 (57%) $6,508,039 $721,955 1964 Aston Martin DB5
2/6/2018 21/35 (60%) $6,670,761 $1,179,543 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible
19/05/2019 13/33 (39%) $3,851,572 $1,097,265 1964 Aston Martin DB5
Bonhams have selected four marquee lots for their 2019 sale beginning with a 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Convertible at £680 – 750k ($891 – 983k), sold to Sefton Myers when new, a series of British owners followed before a pro footballer (who knew they had such good taste) decided to have Robin Hamilton restore the car in the early 1980s. Purchased by the vendor in 2010 and maintained by Aston Martin Works for the past 5 years this DB4 Cabriolet is in “very good” condition throughout. 1 of just 70 built and in good honest condition with no major faults its easy to see this car having a value just above mid market which used to run up to $1 – 1.7 mil. but now perhaps $750k – 1.5 million so the estimate is reasonable indeed. All that said, a restoration would run as much as $500k so if perfection is required, the numbers really do start to make sense and it might indeed be possible to break even should that be the preferred route.
A brace of DB5s are also on offer with a 1963 in left hand drive and the rare Fiesta Red with a 2010s restoration offered at £625 – 700k ($819 – 917k) and a 1964 RHD recently restored in classic (but non original) Silver Birch at £620 – 680k ($813 – 891k) offering a rare level of choice. DB5s used to be $1 – 1.5 million all day long, especially the left hand drive cars in Silver Birch but prices have sagged to where this price level is market correct and either would be good buying or just settle for the very reasonably priced DB4 in the same sale which will give 95% of the enjoyment at 40% the cost.
The final marquee lot is something totally different, a 2019 Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake at £625 – 750k ($819 – 983k), essentially a new car with just 43 miles from new, these suffer from the same market dynamics that effect all new things, the price for the first offered has a bounce because demand is high and the supply has been constrained to a sole item. As more and more supply comes to market the price will only drop and if actual demand is found wanting it will drop precipitously, whats even more dicey is that this estimate does not include the 20% VAT should the car stay in the EU. Hard to peg but this pricing seems at least $100k too much and it will surprise if it sells at all.
Mid century highlights include:
- 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series III Coupe – Est. £220 – 300k ($288 – 393k), A nice, original example that is ripe for further use and priced accordingly, looks great in very dark colours.
- 1957 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC – Est. £200 – 300k ($262 – 393k), US delivery, later returned to UK, expert restoration between ’89 – 96 using a new body and conversion from left to right hand drive. Correct, concours examples can be $1 million cars, if left hand drive but the non original spec and right hand drive conversion lead to a place where this is market correct.
- 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 – Est. £100 – 120k ($131 – 157k), very well maintained since ’06 and ready for anything, this is a proper old DB2/4 with much to like. Market price and quite fabulous.
- 1969 Aston Martin DBS – Est. £100 – 120k ($131 – 157k), A rare early DBS in great colours and very nicely presented. Market correct.
Modern highlights include:
- 1986 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato – Est. £420 – 480k ($550 – 629k), one of the archetypal 1980s supercars and relatively rare with just 50 built. The styling is polarising but if you love it, this is a good example and worth a look at what is market correct pricing.
- 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante X-Pack – Est. £300 – 350k, ($393 – 459k), a relatively common design but rare in X-Pack spec, very well maintained and “beautiful” condition. Market correct.
- 1990 Aston Martin Virage 7 litre – Est. £90 – 110k ($118 – 144k), a rare Virage with the RS Williams 7 litre upgrade offering lots of power. Restored by RS Williams when converted and the ultimate Virage, market correct and a good future classic.
Affordable classics highlights include:
- 1979 Aston Martin V8 Series 4 Saloon – Est. £70 – 90k ($92 – 118k), one of the earlier Series 4s and one of juse 293 built. Supplied to Oman in LHD, restored in recent times by the Aston Workshop and quite fantastic condition. A lovely example and market priced.
- 2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage – Est. £60 – 80k ($79 – 105k), rare example of the full beans V12 Vantage in gorgeous colours, well maintained and 10,000 miles from new.
- 2007 Aston Martin DB9 Volante – Est. £35 – 45k ($46 – 59k), the DB9 design is the basis for all modern Aston’s and still looks pretty fresh. The Volante is the droptop variant and with the 470bhp V12 no slouch. Good buying.
Bonhams Aston Martin sale needed a refresh and it would appear Bonhams have successfully done this with lots of fresh cars at reasonable estimates and good buying throughout.
Bonhams will have been hoping for better results in 2019 but both the 39% sell-through and $3.851 million gross were well down on 2018s figures ($6.67 mil and 60%). Leading the way was a 1964 DB5 which fetched £861k ($1.097 mil.) to sell 27% over high estimate although it was one of just 13 cars to actually sell, other good sellers being the 1979 Aston Martin V8 at £132k ($169k) (+47%) and the 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Convertible at £810k ($1.033 mil.) (+14%). Mid estimate results were the 1998 Aston Martin DB7 Volante at £23k ($29k), 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series III Coupe at £287k ($367k), 2013 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish £67k ($85k) and 1957 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC at £230k ($293k).
Elsewhere it was heavy going with the 1969 Aston Martin DBS struggling to £94k ($119k) (-6%). Among the many, many no sales, the highlights were the 1986 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato at £370k, 1963 Aston Martin DB5 at £580k and 2019 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake at £550k. Bonhams had hoped for better times in 2019 but the rather parlous results means they will either need to complete reboot the sale or give up on its premise. It remains the sole survivor of many attempts to host single marque sales and likely for the same reasons that every other attempt has failed, it would be sad to see this struggle along.
Key – Lot #/ Year/ Make/ Model/ Chassis #/ Estimate (US$) low – high/ Estimate (EURO) low – high/ N/R = no reserve/ description
201 1970 David Brown 990 Selectamatic Tractor 990A 812464 £7,000 £10,000 N/R €8,190 €11,700 $9,173 $13,104 Definitely a cut above the average ‘Fergie’ and guaranteed to excite the more-knowledgeable enthusiasts at your local agricultural show, or even at Aston Martin gatherings, this David Brown 990 Selectamatic is powered by a powerful 3.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine and has two-wheel-drive transmission. The tractor’s early history is not known, though it is believed to have worked in and around Yorkshire, which is where the current vendor bought it in 2015. The vehicle was deemed mechanically sound, only requiring a bare-metal cosmetic restoration to bring it to the current excellent condition. New parts fitted include the grille, lights, seat, exhaust, and battery. The vendor advises us that everything works (fuel gauge excepted) and that the engine starts well from cold. Please note that the vendor is in the process of applying for a new V5C.
202 1998 Aston Martin DB7 Volante SCFAA3115WK201904 £18,000 £26,000 N/R €21,060 €30,420 $23,587 $34,070 An automatic transmission model, this DB7 Volante was originally retailed by Charles Hurst Aston Martin of Belfast, from whom it was purchased by the current vendor in October 2004. There are two previous owners. Since acquisition the car has covered fewer than 4,000 miles, almost entirely on short journeys in dry salt-free weather, and been maintained exclusively by Charles Hurst Aston Martin (the current odometer reading is circa 30,500). A major (30,000-mile) service was carried out in 2015. The front shock absorbers were replaced that same year and all four tyres – still in ‘as new’ condition – renewed. Some smaller items have been renewed also and the interior upholstery treated twice annually with leather balm. The spare wheel is unused and the original cotton gloves and plastic wrapper (for use in wheel changing) are included. The car also comes with the original tonneau cover, original handbook, a fitted after-market cover, a spare key, and an extensive history file, commencing with the vendor’s ownership. This DB7 has been registered with the Aston Martin Owner’s Club from 2004 and has been in storage at Charles Hurst Aston Martin since October 2016, the subsequent acquisition of another car and limited space at the vendor’s home having forced its relocation. Offered with a V5C and current MOT expiring 20th March 2020, ‘YCZ 6400’ represents an excellent opportunity to acquire a well-maintained low-mileage example of this soft-top Aston Martin that can only become increasingly collectible, and is described by the vendor as in excellent condition having been used sparingly and only during the summer months
203 1999 Aston Martin V8 Coupe SCFDAM2S3XBR79100 £55,000 £65,000 N/R €64,350 €76,050 $72,072 $85,176 Finished in Mendip Blue metallic with grey leather/Alcantara interior, this automatic transmission V8 Coupé was purchased in 2003 by the lady vendor’s late husband, its second owner. The odometer reading stood at 6,200 miles at time of acquisition, and since then the V8 has been serviced by Aston Martin Works. To the usual features – air conditioning, central locking, heated/electric seats, power steering, stereo system, etc – this particular example adds the following: Dynamic road wheels, carbon fibre interior, Lacro body glaze, sports exhaust, overdrive modification, indoor car cover, and stainless steel door plaques. A detailed specification sheet is on file and the car also comes with full service history with Aston Martin Works up to October 2015, sundry bills, MoT to March 2020, SORN, and a V5C Registration Certificate.
204 1959 Aston Martin DB Mark III Saloon AM300/3/1813 £85,000 £115,000 N/R €99,450 €134,550 $111,384 $150,696 Chassis number ‘1813 is notable as one of only three DB Mark IIIs fitted by the factory with Borg Warner automatic transmission; it is the only automatic saloon, the other two cars (‘1812’ and ‘1814’) being drophead coupés. The accompanying BMIHT certificate and copy guarantee form show that the ‘1813’ was built in left-hand drive configuration for the North American market, and that it left the factory finished in Desert White with black interior. Borg Warner automatic transmission, fully chromed road wheels, wood rimmed steering wheel, polished rear brake drums, and a lockable glove box lid are listed as items of non-standard equipment. The destination dealer in the USA was Charles H Hornburg Jr, and the Aston was delivered to its first owner in Newport Beach, California in October 1959. The original engine was ‘DBA/1452’. Little is known of the Aston’s subsequent history, the documents on file picking up the story when the car was advertised for sale and purchased by a Mr S Klein in January 1988. The advertisement described the DB as a competition car with V8 engine and manual transmission. In 1996, ‘1813’ was sold via Scott Johnston of Bend, Oregon to an enthusiast in the Netherlands, passing to the current vendor circa 2014. The car is offered today in need of complete restoration and should prove to be an excellent basis for such a project, being free of any rust or corrosion to the chassis or body, we are told. A dismantled and incomplete 3.0-litre engine of VB6 type is included in the sale together with a Borg Warner automatic transmission and a David Brown manual gearbox. The accompanying history file contains bills of sale, assorted correspondence, various shipping documents, and a copies of the aforementioned advertisement, BMIHT certificate, and guarantee form.
205 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series III Coupe DB4/619/R £220,000 £300,000 €257,400 €351,000 $288,288 $393,120 Its accompanying original RF.60 logbook shows that ‘619/R’ was first registered (as ‘EHS 66’) to Messrs Sexton Son & Everard of Norwich on 1st May 1961. The second owner listed is Dawn Addams, believed to be the film and television actress of that name, who is perhaps best remembered for starring alongside Roger Moore in several episodes of the ITV series, ‘The Saint’, and appearing regularly in Thames Television’s sitcom, ‘Father, Dear Father’. Two further owners are listed, the last of whom, Michael Druce of Kintbury Garages Ltd, sold the Aston to its late owner in July 1969 (sales receipt on file). It should be noted that this logbook records a change of engine number from ‘673’ to ‘637’, though this may be merely the correction of a clerical error. The history file also contains a quantity of expired tax discs and MoT certificates dating back some 17 years, showing the recorded mileage total rising from 98,237 in 2002 to 99,007 when the current certificate was issued in March 2019; the distance travelled (770 miles or around 43 miles annually) almost certainly representing the journey to the MoT station and back again. The car also comes with old/current V5/V5C documents, SORN paperwork, a quantity of photocopied literature, a workshop manual, and a parts book.
206 2013 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish SCFEABCF6DGS01298 £60,000 £80,000 N/R €70,200 €93,600 $78,624 $104,832 Previously registered ‘RX13 ETD’, this rare V12 Vantage was delivered new to its first owner, a Mr K Bird of Somerset in May 2013 (purchase invoice on file). It is one of only seven made in 2013 out of some 1,200-1,300 sold worldwide between 2009 and 2013. The car had covered only 5,872 miles when it was sold by Aston Martin Works to the late owner in September 2014 (sales invoice on file). The factory-supplied specification describes the Vantage’s colour scheme as Ceramic Grey with Obsidian Black (Fast Track) interior, and lists installed options that include the following: brake callipers black; Piano Black fascia with matching trim; front parking sensors; Aston Martin 700W Premium Audio; carbon fibre lightweight seats; and 10-spoke Graphite wheels. The history file also contains a current MoT certificate, a V5C Registration Certificate, and numerous service invoices issued by Aston Martin dealers and Aston Martin Works. A wonderful opportunity to own a little used and well maintained example of this sensational Aston Martin supercar.
207 1979 Aston Martin V8 Series 4 Saloon V8SOR12147 £70,000 £90,000 N/R €81,900 €105,300 $91,728 $117,936 Chassis number ‘12147’ is an example of the much improved Series 4 Aston Martin V8. Introduced in October 1978 and built from then until 1986, these cars are generally known by the factory’s ‘Oscar India’ sobriquet, standing for ‘October Introduction’. In January 1977 the factory had introduced a series of engine modifications known as the ‘Stage 1’ tune, its presence indicated by the suffix ‘S’ applied to both chassis and engine numbers, and this enhanced specification was standard on the ‘Oscar India’ cars. The ‘Oscar India’ was in production for almost eight years with a total of 293 built, of which 224 are known to be right-hand drive and 64 left-hand drive. ‘12147’ was supplied new in July 1979 via Zubair Enterprises, the Aston Martin agents in Oman. The Aston’s early history is not known for certain; however, The Aston Workshop’s documentation on file states that it eventually ended up belonging to a former employee of the Sultan of Oman, who collected the car, by then partially restored, in the UK. Aston Workshop was then contacted to advise on the work required to complete the rebuild. Works already carried out included bodywork refurbishment and a full re-spray; chassis refurbishment and under-sealing; and a full interior re-trim. Shortly after the restoration recommenced, the owner died and Aston Workshop purchased the car from his estate. They then embarked on a full re-commissioning, which included the following: full refurbishment of the braking system including The Aston Workshop’s front brake upgrade; full refurbishment of the suspension and steering; a complete overhaul of the gearbox; full refurbishment of the engine bay’s ancillary components; full refurbishment of the electrics; and the installation of a new stainless steel exhaust system. In October 2018, The Aston Workshop sold the car to the recently deceased owner, from whose estate it is offered today. Running to several pages, The Aston Workshop’s detailed invoice (dated 16th March 2018) is on file (inspection recommended) together with assorted email correspondence, a current MoT, and a V5C Registration Certificate.
209 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 LML/948 £100,000 £120,000 N/R €117,000 €140,400 $131,040 $157,248 Standard specification included the 2.6-litre ‘VB6E’ engine in 125bhp Vantage tune, but from early in 1954 the 3.0-litre 140bhp ‘VB6J’ engine was installed. Equipped with latter, the DB2/4 was one of the fastest cars then built in Great Britain – with 100mph achievable in third gear and around 120mph maximum – possessing impeccable handling plus a level of comfort rare in any high-performance car. Production of the first-series DB2/4 (latterly known as the ‘Mark I’) lasted from October 1953 to October 1955 with chassis numbers running from ‘LML/501’ ‘to ‘LML/1065’, a total of 565 cars. According to the Aston Martin guarantee form (copy on file), this DB2/4 was delivered on 14th May 1955 via Brooklands of Bond Street to its first owner, Captain de la Hay of Stratton Place, Cirencester. The original colour scheme was silver grey over drag yellow, with yellow-piped blue Connolly leather interior, a rather flamboyant colour combination for the time. Specified equipment included Alfin drum brakes, a twin exhaust system, and a chromium-plated gear lever and waistline strip. The original UK registration was ‘PYR 350’. The guarantee form also records that, in addition to repairs and services, a replacement engine was supplied on 29th May 1959, while the second owner is listed as one H S Short of Sunderland. A further owner was a Mr Royston Craven, who kept the Aston from 1962 to 1966 (see correspondence and scanned copies of photographs on file). One Geoffrey Stevens of Wellingborough owned the Aston from at least 1973 onwards, and while in his custody maintenance seems to have been undertaken by Aston Martin specialists GTC Engineering of Rushden, Northamptonshire (see various invoices on file). In 1990, the car was re-trimmed by Tove Trimming of Towcester at a cost of some £5,433.75. Ownership next changed in 1994, passing to James Stevens, presumably Geoffrey’s son. In 2006, ‘LML/948’ was the sold at auction in the UK and purchased by an Austrian gentleman, who commissioned classic car specialists Fojtik of Vienna to carry out a comprehensive engine rebuild and other refurbishment (see invoices for work and parts on file). The Austrian owner kept the Aston until 2013 when it was sold via a London-based dealer in to its current owner in Italy, who has used the car sparingly but regularly. The car’s last Italian revisione (the Italian equivalent of the MoT test) was passed on 20th September 2018 and is valid in Italy for two years. The car is offered with an exceptionally comprehensive history file containing aforementioned copy guarantee form, assorted correspondence, sundry invoices, old MoT certificates and tax discs, and an (expired) FIVA Identity Card from 2009. The car is currently registered in Italy and will be supplied with Italian registration documents.
210 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Convertible DB4/1092/R £680,000 £750,000 €795,600 €877,500 $891,072 $982,800 This Aston Martin DB4 Convertible, ‘DB4C/1092/R’, was sold new via Aston Martin agents, Brooklands, to Sefton Myers, the successful London-based property developer and theatrical agent. Father of singer Judie Tzuke, Myers co-managed and financially supported Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice while they wrote the musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. Originally registered as ‘JM 115’, this DB4 was owned only briefly by Sefton Myers, passing one year later to a Mr G Speckley, who reregistered the car as ‘376 PE’. Next owned by Mr Howard Parsons and dealer Michael Moss (Paradise Garage) respectively, the Aston was sold in 1980 to former footballer Malcolm Finlayson. A goalkeeper, Finlayson had made his professional debut for Millwall in 1948 and would appear on over 200 occasions for the London cub before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers. While at Wolves he featured in their League title-winning sides of 1958/59 and 1959/60, and also in their FA Cup-winning team of 1960. Malcolm Finlayson retired from football in 1964, going on to become a successful businessman in the steel stockholding industry. While owner of ‘1092/R’, Finlayson had the Aston restored by Robin Hamilton (during 1980-1983) and kept the car until it was purchased by the current vendor in 2010. During Malcolm Finlayson’s ownership the Aston covered only some 1,000 miles. The car has been maintained by Aston Martin Works for the past 5 years and has recently had the engine removed, stripped and rebuilt at Works. Described by the private vendor as in very good condition throughout, ‘1092/R’ is offered with restoration bills, an old-style logbook, current MoT, a V5C Registration Certificate, and the all-important Aston Martin Assured Provenance – Gold Standard. A recent introduction, Aston Martin Assured Provenance is a programme designed to assess the originality, condition, and historical significance of the company’s Heritage cars. The process consists of a bumper-to-bumper inspection of the car; a 3D scan to assess its structural integrity; build specification comparison; road test and report to assess mechanical health; and a thorough assessment of the outcome of these inspections and the car’s provenance records by a committee of Aston Martin experts. On approval, the client receives the Assured Provenance Package consisting of a richly illustrated record book; a USB containing records of all digital data collected; a pair of dash plaques; a pair of sill plaques; and the Heritage Assured Provenance certificate all contained in hand-crafted presentation box. Combining Aston Martin’s traditional virtues of style and performance with the joys of open-air motoring, the DB4 Convertible is most sought after and highly prized today. With the exception of the Zagato, the DB4 Convertible is the rarest Aston Martin road car of the David Brown era with a total of only 70 built, six less than the legendary DB4 GT.
211 1974 Aston Martin V8 Sports Saloon V8/11166/RCA £70,000 £90,000 N/R €81,900 €105,300 $91,728 $117,936 Originally a standard V8 sports saloon, chassis number ‘11166’ was purchased by the current vendor in 1987 from previous owner, the late George Sears, a well-known member of the AMOC’s Kent branch. Signed by George Sears and the current vendor, documents on file records the circumstances of the sale, which included George taking back the Aston in 1987 to rebuild the engine to Vantage specification: cams, valves, pistons, and 48mm Weber carburettors for a maximum power output of around 400bhp. ‘11166’ also has the Vantage-style front/rear spoilers and bonnet complete with correct lights, etc. ‘PBK 724M’ was in regular use from 1988 to 1998, being mainly kept in dry dehumidified storage thereafter, and has seen relatively little use since a full body restoration carried out by Chiltern Aston Centre in 2015. The related bills are on file together with others from Aston Martin Lagonda and Aston Service Dorset relating to for previous works. The car also comes with an old V5 document, old/current V5C Registration Certificates, SORN paperwork, fresh MoT, and a quantity of expired MoT certificates dating back to the 1980s.
212 2004 Aston Martin Vanquish SCFAC13373B500674 £65,000 £80,000 N/R €76,050 €93,600 $85,176 $104,832 Since its acquisition by the vendor the Aston has been used sparingly, covering only some 2,500 miles over the course of the last 10 years, during which period it has been kept in a purpose-built dehumidified museum. Always maintained in first class order, the car is presented in commensurately excellent condition and is ‘on the button’. Accompanying paperwork includes sundry service bills, a copy of the original V5, the current V5C Registration Certificate, and a fresh MoT.
214 1979 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Sports Saloon V8/VOR/12183 £230,000 £280,000 €269,100 €327,600 $301,392 $366,912 Chassis number ‘12183’ is an example of the much-improved Series 4 Aston Martin V8. Introduced in October 1978 and built from then until 1986, these cars are generally known by the factory’s ‘Oscar India’ sobriquet, standing for ‘October Introduction’. An original V8 Vantage equipped with the five-speed manual transmission, ‘12183’ is believed to have been converted to X-Pack specification, though the only supporting documentation supplied is a bill from Fourways Engineering (dated 9 June 1999) for converting the cylinder heads to unleaded compatibility and opening up the ports to X-Pack specification. However, the carburettors are 48mm Webers, which do form part of the X-Pack specification. ‘12183’ is finished in Ravens’ Black with red leather interior (its original colour combination) while other noteworthy features include Ronal wheels, air conditioning, electric mirrors, and central locking. This car is without doubt one of the best examples in existence today, benefiting from an interior re-trim costing in excess of £16,000 alone, while the bodywork has had in excess of £25,000 spent on it and recent mechanical bills total over £15,000. Dating back to when the car was new, the history file contains three service books; almost every MoT from new; correspondence from previous owners; bills of sale; and a receipt for every penny spent on it from 1980 to date. This car’s quality cannot be overstated, and the history file is one of the most comprehensive we have ever seen. ‘12183’ is described by the private vendor as in pristine condition throughout, looking and sounding wonderful.
215 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage X-Pack SCFCV81V8JTR12576 £320,000 £360,000 €374,400 €421,200 $419,328 $471,744 One of only 131 genuine factory-built X-Packs remaining, chassis number ‘12576’ was delivered new to Stratton Motor Company on 23rd September 1987. The car has manual transmission and retains its original colour combination of Chichester Blue with blue-piped Magnolia hide interior. Copies of the original Car Record Card and warranty document are on file, the latter made out to first owner Mr C Rowe of Middlesex. The Aston was originally registered on a private plate (‘759 CR’), then as ‘E425 NUW’ followed by ‘RMR 721’, and has now reverted to ‘E425 NUW’. One of the most comprehensive we have seen, the accompanying history file fully supports ongoing regular no-expense-spared maintenance rather than more extensive restoration. As a testament to its originality, the leather interior and carpeting, with the exception of the boot, is that as supplied when new. The stamped service booklet records regular servicing; initially by Aston Martin Lagonda Limited; followed by various specialists including HWM, Desmond J Smail, Wren Classics, and Chicane Classics. The latter has looked after the car for the current owner since 2012. The 26 entries show the mileage total rising from 769 in January 1998 to 77,434 when the Aston was last serviced in September 2018. The earliest of the numerous invoices in the file dates from 1995 when the car was being looked after by Desmond J Smail for its then owner, a Mr Wise. Desmond Smail continued to maintain the Aston for its next owner, a Mr R Maude-Roxby. Totalling in excess of £30,000, the many Desmond Smail invoices are contained within their own file, including unleaded conversion. Ownership then passed via Desmond Smail to a Mr A Chick, who mainly employed Aston Service Dorset and HWM to look after the car. The current vendor purchased the Aston from Mr Chick on 8th April 2006, at 50,803 miles. Since then the owner has spent approximately £60-70,000 on his Aston Martin with the most recent works carried out in March 2019, which included stripping and rebuilding of all the carburettors. In 2005, while belonging to previous owner Mr Chick, the Vantage had won the Valspar Trophy at the AMOC’s concours at Kingston Lacy in September. The car has also featured in three motoring magazines: Classic & Sports Car (March 1999), Classic Cars (December 2002) and Vantage (issue 22, summer 2018). Copies are on file. Vantage’s scribe clearly enjoyed his time behind the wheel: ‘From the big, comfy but still supportive driver’s seat there’s another stunning view over a small acreage of bonnet, and when you turn the key there’s an instant aura of big, lazy power and a classic slightly offbeat V8 note that can go from burble to blare, from Maidstone to Mulsanne. It’s actually a pussycat to drive. The clutch is easy, the gearshift long of throw but positive enough. First is on a dogleg, away and back, but that works well, because once you’re on the move you’re never going to need it again. In fact, on these B-roads, third is all you really need, from 20mph to as fast as you dare.’ Described by the private vendor as in very good-to-excellent condition, this extremely well cared for and fastidiously documented X-Pack is offered with the aforementioned invoices, numerous old tax discs, a large quantity of expired MoTs, a V5C Registration Certificate, current MoT, and instructions for the original Blaupunkt radio as well as the Original Aston Martin V8 Owners Handbook.
216 1966 Aston Martin DB6 DB6/2450/R £200,000 £250,000 €234,000 €292,500 $262,080 $327,600 Little is known of the early history of this Aston Martin DB6, other than DVLA records showing 1 previous keeper to the vendor who purchased the DB6 in Leytonstone, East London in 1981 from a motor dealer. He used the DB6 daily until being taken off the road in 1984, remaining laid up until 2015 when a major restoration commenced. Completed in 2018, this extensive rebuild is documented by invoices totalling £94,000 from Mega-Tech Engineering of Brandon, Suffolk for works carried out between February 2015 and February 2017, together with others for parts supplied by Aston Service Dorset to the value of £18,000. There are records to show that £4,000 was spend with LJ Harvey to ensure the paint work is up to Aston Martin standard. The DB6 comes with a photographic record of the restoration showing how structurally sound the car was after being completely stripped, requiring very little new metal. Previously, in February 2006, the engine had been rebuilt by renowned marque specialists R S Williams Ltd; the dynamometer sheet records a maximum power output of 290bhp at 6,000rpm, with maximum torque of 295lb/ft at 4,500 revs. Other works carried out include fully rebuilding the transmission; installing a new wiring loom; re-trimming the seats and renewing the carpets (with soundproofing); and fitting a stainless steel exhaust system and MWS wire wheels. It should be noted that the build sheet for the DB6 records it being ordered with automatic transmission but to the vendors knowledge has always been fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox, possibly fitted by the factory prior to delivery as all parts used are of Aston Martin origin. The restoration was completed by D Wood MotorSport at Aston Service Dorset, with bills on file totalling over £10,500, including carefully re-commisioning the engine, since when the car has covered fewer than 250 miles. The vendor comments that the DB6 remains in commensurately excellent condition. The Aston’s enthusiast owner, a mechanical engineer, had intended to use the DB6 once restored but now feels that it is too good to use and has, regretfully, decided to offer it for sale. The vendor would like to express the sound nature of the car. Accompanying paperwork consists of an old-style logbook, a V5C registration document, and the aforementioned extensive restoration records and photographs.
217 1986 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato SCFCV81Z9GTR20018 £420,000 £480,000 €491,400 €561,600 $550,368 $628,992 20018′ is presented in its original colour scheme of Lightning Silver with Burgundy interior trim. The car was delivered new in the UK in 1986 before being resold via Aston Martin Sales in 1987 and exported to Hong Kong. Maintained by Aston Martin Hong Kong, the Zagato was re-imported to the UK in 2006 and has been in single ownership since. In 2017 (at 4,223 miles) over £10,000 was spent on preparation and upgrades with renowned marque specialists, Nicholas Mee Limited. These included a service to schedule; a Harvey Bailey handling kit (front anti-roll bar, front dampers, new springs front and rear); set up to Nicholas Mee specification; and other remedial works. In addition, an appropriate registration number, ‘VZ 268’ has been obtained, bringing ‘20018’ into line with many of its fellow Zagatos that have had carried ‘VZ’ numbers from new. All of Nicholas Mee’s invoices are in the file together with some from the car’s time in Hong Kong. Since the current vendor purchased the car in 2017 it has benefited from a full service, carried out in August 2018 at Aston Martin Works, with all minor niggles corrected at the same time (see bill for £11,223 on file). In excellent condition and with very low mileage recorded, this rare and attractively specified Vantage Zagato is supplied fully prepared and serviced, ready to enjoy the celebrations of Carrozzeria Zagato’s centenary in 2019.
218 1969 Aston Martin DBS DBS/5373/R £100,000 £120,000 €117,000 €140,400 $131,040 $157,248 Chassis number ‘5373/R’ was built in right-hand drive configuration for the UK market and left the factory in September 1969 fitted with desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission. The accompanying BMIHT certificate records the original colour scheme as Silver Birch with dark blue interior trim, and lists power assisted steering, Avon tyres, and a radio as items of factory-fitted equipment. The destination dealer was Eton Garages Limited. ‘5373/R’ was imported from the USA by the current vendor five years ago and since then has been maintained by renowned marque specialists Aston Service Dorset and their associates D Wood MotorSport. As one would expect of ASD, everything needed to keep the car reliable and enjoyable has been done. Very nicely presented, the DBS is offered with sundry bills, current MoT, a V5C registration document, and the aforementioned BMIHT certificate.
219 1952 Lagonda 2.6 Litre DHC LAG/50/450 £70,000 £80,000 €81,900 €93,600 $91,728 $104,832 First registered in March 1952, chassis number ‘LAG/50/450’ was acquired by the current vendor in October 2016 having benefited from re-trimmed interior and a new maroon hood circa 2013. We are advised that the paintwork is too good to be original, and it appears that the car has had plenty of work done, although it is not known whether or not it has been fully restored at any time. Exempt from testing but professionally prepared to MoT standard, the car is offered with paperwork consisting of a quantity of expired MoTs, numerous bills dating back to 1978, an old-style logbook, and a V5C Registration Certificate. A workshop manual, an original sales brochure, and a box of assorted spares are included in the sale. The spare wheel is present and the car is expected to possess a jack and wheel brace by time of sale.
220 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage DB6/2498/R £330,000 £370,000 €386,100 €432,900 $432,432 $484,848 This manual transmission DB6 Vantage was sold new via Broadway Autos of Cricklewood to first owner W Miller & Sons Ltd of London E3 and originally registered as ‘LLB 111D’. The accompanying copy guarantee form records the original livery as Dubonnet with black leather interior, and lists ‘non-standard’ equipment that included the Vantage engine, chromed wheels, heated rear screen, 3-ear hubcaps, Motorola radio and power-operated aerial. Although the build sheet lists SU carburettors, service records from 1967 suggest that Webers were fitted from new. From 1972, ‘2498/R’ resided in New Zealand, returning to the UK in 2001. The Aston then passed into the ownership of Mr Michael Ryan in the Republic of Ireland where it was registered as ’66 WW 504′, forming part a small but distinguished stable of cars in that country. Its immediately preceding owner acquired the Vantage in 2008, keeping the car for only a relatively short time before offering it for sale at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction in September 2009 (Lot 223) where it was purchased by the current vendor. Over the last two years ‘2498/R’ has been rebuilt by Aston Martin Works and returned to its original exterior colour of Dubonnet; original components were retained wherever possible and the extensive related bills are on file. Fewer than 1,000 miles have been covered since the rebuild’s completion earlier this year and this stunning DB6 Vantage is presented in commensurately excellent condition. Accompanying documentation includes the aforementioned copy guarantee form and restoration bills, a V5C Registration Certificate, and current MoT. An application to return the original registration to the car is currently underway. The car is expected to have been issued with the all-important certificate of Aston Martin Assured Provenance – Gold Standard by time of sale. A recent introduction, Aston Martin Assured Provenance is a programme designed to assess the originality, condition, and historical significance of the company’s Heritage cars. The process consists of a bumper-to-bumper inspection of the car; a 3D scan to assess its structural integrity; build specification comparison; road test and report to assess mechanical health; and a thorough assessment of the outcome of these inspections and the car’s provenance records by a committee of Aston Martin experts. On approval, the client receives the Assured Provenance Package consisting of a richly illustrated record book; a USB containing records of all digital data collected; a pair of dash plaques; a pair of sill plaques; and the Heritage Assured Provenance certificate all contained in hand-crafted presentation box. Via Bonhams Aston ’07 sold $124k, ’08 not sold & ’09 sold $128k
221 1989 Aston Martin V8 Volante SCFCV81C5KTR15757 £220,000 £250,000 €257,400 €292,500 $288,288 $327,600 Chassis number ‘15757’ is a fuel-injected Series 2 model equipped with automatic transmission. The car was purchased new from Aston Martin Sales Limited on 27th January 1989 by one Ryder Ascott Esq of Blackheath, London SE3. A copy of the sales invoice records that ‘15757’ was delivered fitted with a Vantage type bonnet and front spoiler, and a blanked front grille. The car also comes with a copy of the original warranty document recording the first registration as ‘F878 PYV’. In May 1998, ‘15757’ was sold by renowned marque specialists R S Williams Ltd, probably to Mr I Miller of Woodside Park, London N12. There are numerous RSW service invoices on file made out to Mr Miller and subsequent owner Mr D Gradi of Willaston, Cheshire (believed to be football manager Dario Gradi of Crewe Alexandra). The current vendor purchased the Aston from R S Williams in December 2015. Expired MoTs on file confirm that it has covered only 10,000 miles in the last 10 years, Offered with a current V5C document and full service history, ‘15757’ has covered only some 18,500 miles since it left the Newport Pagnell factory and is presented in generally excellent condition.
222 1964 Aston Martin DB5 DB5/1436/R £620,000 £680,000 €725,400 €795,600 $812,448 $891,072 Chassis number ‘1436/R’ was sold new by supplying dealership Callanders on 21st March 1964. The original copy guarantee form records chrome road wheels, heated rear screen, Motorola 818 radio, power operated aerial, two Marchal fog lamps, and two wing mirrors as items of additional equipment, while the car’s original colour scheme was Aegean Blue with White Gold Connolly leather interior trim. ‘1436/R’ has had five owners from new. The first onward sale, recorded by a Bill of Sale, was on 10th November 1977 when Paradise Garage of Parsons Green, West London sold the Aston to Lt Cdr G Q S Parker, RN for £3,850. The comprehensive history file records a bare-metal re-spray completed in May 1985 for the sum of £1,840. At this point in time, ‘1436/R’ was painted a light Mink Brown. There are numerous bills on file for the period 1978–1989 from Aston Service Dorset and many other specialists, while a further bill on file dated 30th June 1989 from Village Industries Ltd of Stafford is for substantial mechanical repairs totalling £1,688.51. Lt Cdr Parker owned the Aston for some 14 years, using it as a daily driver until 7th September 1991 when it was sold to a Mr Brian Hall-Tomkin of Bideford, Devon for £31,500. There is a letter on file dated 22nd July 1991 to Bob Fountain of Aston Workshop from Mr Hall-Tomkin asking him to find a DB5. The car next changed hands on 25th July 1993, passing to Mr G Kelsey of Shortlands, South London for in the region of £23,000. There are many bills on file dating from Mr Kelsey’s ownership from marque specialists Pugsley & Lewis for servicing and repairs to the car for the period 1995 to 2013. There are also some 25 MoTs in the history file dating from 1981 (at 60,352 miles) up to the present day at 103.480. The car was little used during Mr Kelsey’s ownership, and in the last 24 years has only covered some 6,700 miles. The numerous invoices on file substantiate the mileage records during the earlier period. In 2013, the DB5 was purchased by the current owner, who decided to have it restored in 2016. Completed in 2018, ‘1436/R’ is now resplendent in the classic combination of Silver Birch paintwork with a black leather interior. Undertaken by marque specialists Prestige Paintworks of Golden Cross, East Sussex, the restoration of the body and paintwork took in excess of 1,200 hours and cost £60,000 excluding the refurbishment of the chrome (c.£8,500). On completion of the bodywork, the car was returned to Pugsley & Lewis, who carried out a comprehensive mechanical restoration and interior refresh costing c.£136,000 (bill on file). ‘1436/R’ is only offered for sale as the vendor has another DB5 nearing the completion of its restoration and, after much soul searching, has decided to sell ‘1436/R’ to make way for this new addition. Described by the vendor as ‘driving superbly and looking absolutely immaculate,’ this beautiful Aston Martin DB5 is ‘on the button’ and ready to delight its fortunate next custodian.
223 1996 Aston Martin V8 Coupe SCFDAM2S9TBTR79009 £70,000 £90,000 €81,900 €105,300 $91,728 $117,936 Finished in Antrim Blue with Parchment leather interior, this automatic transmission V8 Coupé was purchased new from Five Oaks Garage, Jersey and taken to the UK mainland when the owner moved to Bermuda. First registered in this country on 16th February 1998, the car benefits from a full service and extensive refurbishment undertaken by Aston Martin Works in November 2017. Works carried out at that time included replacing the fuel pump, air conditioning compressor and front shock absorbers; fitting Le Mans-specification anti-roll bar drop links; fitting four new Pirelli Rosso Assime tyres; overhauling the brake callipers; and replacing the engine coolant. The relevant bill is on file and the car also comes with a V5C Registration Certificate and its original service book, stamped by Aston Martin Works and independent specialists. With only some 12,450 miles covered from new, this well cared-for V8 Coupé is described by the private vendor as original and in good condition throughout.
224 1990 Aston Martin Virage 7 litre 50119 £90,000 £110,000 €105,300 €128,700 $117,936 $144,144 And if all that was still insufficient, enthusiasts with an appetite for even more power could opt for a conversion to 7.0 litres by renowned marque specialists R S Williams Ltd. RSW has been upgrading Aston Martins since its inception in 1968, offering enlargements to 4.2 and 4.7 litres for the DB4/5/6, and to 5.7 and 7.0 litres for the V8s. The ‘7.0’ is available in different specifications, with power and torque characteristics tailored to suit either manual or automatic transmission. These RSW-converted engines are, of course, unleaded compatible. An AMOC concours winner at Blenheim Palace in 2010 and Greenwich in 2013, chassis number ‘50119’ was acquired by Stratton Motor Company in July 2014, since when it has been kept in storage. This particular car has numerous distinctive features including different wheelarches; a louvered bonnet; headlamp conversion (square with twin lights); Vantage front spoiler with recessed licence plate; Vantage rear end with round tail lights; flared V550 Vantage-style side arches; Vantage wings with side vents; and split-rim wheels like the ‘6.3’. The history file contains numerous photographs detailing the restoration of the entire chassis, together with lots of bills from R S Williams and Aston Martin Lagonda. Very tidily presented and freshly MoT’d, the car also comes with old/current V5C documents; a quantity of expired MoT certificates and tax discs; and its original service booklet, handbook, tool kit, jack, and warning triangle.
225 1963 Aston Martin DB5 DB5/1336/L £625,000 £700,000 €731,250 €819,000 $819,000 $917,280 This left-hand drive DB5’s chassis number suffix has been typed over on the guarantee form, possibly indicating a change of intended specification between the initial order and the car’s completion. One of 42 DB5 saloons originally finished in Fiesta Red, it was the only one with a White Gold interior (recently re-trimmed in black). Its first owner is recorded as one A J R Whiteway of North Common, Chailey, Sussex, who kept the car until 1970 when it passed to one D Blackmore of Esher. ‘1336/L’ was last taxed in the UK in October 1993 and is known to have been in Germany in 2005. In 2016, the DB5 was sold to a buyer in the Middle East before being acquired by Stratton Motor Company. By this time the car had been fully restored, though, sadly, the history file had been lost. A copy of the guarantee form and service record has been obtained from the factory together with a letter of confirmation, but there is little else in the file apart from a photograph of the DB5 winning a concours in the Middle East. All taxes have been paid, NOVA certification obtained, and a V5C Registration Certificate applied for. Currently undergoing full health check at Stratton Motor Company, the Aston is said to drive very well and will be freshly MoT’d prior to sale. The car comes complete with spare wheel, wheel hammer, warning triangle, and a (non-original) jack. via Bonhams Aston ’16 not sold $1.31 mil.
226 1979 Aston Martin V8 Volante V8/COR/15077 £120,000 £160,000 €140,400 €187,200 $157,248 $209,664 The 77th V8 Volante completed, chassis number ‘15077’ was first registered (to a dealer) on 30th May 1979 before being purchased on 30th July of that year by its first owner, Mrs J Clark of London. On 6th February 1984 ownership was transferred to Mrs Clark’s husband’s company. Messrs Hines kept the Aston until 15th December 1986 when they sold it to Mr N H Taylor of Middlesex. At this time the Volante was still finished in its original black. On 7th February 2014, N H Taylor sold the car to Mr G Banks of Guildford. The present owner acquired the Aston from Mr Banks through dealer Parkhurst Automobiles Limited, Surrey. There is no service history prior to 12th June 1986 but it is complete from then onwards. Until 1998 the Volante was mainly maintained by H W Motors Limited (Aston Martin and Lagonda distributors). At some point, the car must have been damaged, as can be seen from the restoration estimate provided by Aston Martin Heritage specialists R S Williams in April 1998. Between April and July 1998 the Volante was restored by R S Williams, the exterior colour being changed to the present Buckingham Green in the process (see MoT certificate dated 1st August 1998). R S Williams maintained the car during the remainder of Mr Taylor’s ownership (up to 2014). Since then the present owner had major services carried out by R S Williams and Aston Service London (Desmond J Smail). Invoices relating to R S Williams’ restoration are on file and the car also comes with an old-style logbook, current MoT, and a V5 Registration Certificate. A non-functioning electric hood mechanism (the hood must be operated manually) is the only notified fault.
228 1992 Aston Martin Virage Volante 60021 £70,000 £80,000 €81,900 €93,600 $91,728 $104,832 One of the finest British performance sports cars of its time, the Virage Volante rapidly became a prized collector’s item. This example has had only four previous owners and has belonged to the current vendor since 2005. Stratton Motor Company has maintained the car since 2005, though no major restoration work has been required; currently displaying circa 65,00 miles on the odometer, it is presented in good condition throughout. One of the more affordable soft-top Aston Martins, this well cared for Virage Volante is offered with its full tool kit, jack, space-saver spare wheel, tonneau cover, hood bag, owner’s manual, and service booklet. There is plentiful service history on file and the car also comes with fresh MoT and a V5C Registration Certificate.
229 1990 Aston Martin Virage 6.3 Works Special 50131 £100,000 £120,000 €117,000 €140,400 $131,040 $157,248 This particular 6.3-litre Virage has had three owners in total, the last since 1995 when it was sold to them by Stratton Motor Company, who have serviced the car ever since. ‘50131’ comes with good service history, including among the bills one from Aston Martin for £60,770.54 for the full factory conversion to 6.3 litres. Described by the vendor as a very good car, this high-performance Virage is finished in British Racing Green with fawn interior, the latter featuring sheepskin over-mats. Freshly MoT’d and offered with old/current V5C Registration Certificates, it comes complete with its original tool kit, jack, tyre welding kit, space-saver spare wheel, and warning triangle.
230 1957 Aston Martin DB Mark III DHC AM300/3/1361 £200,000 £300,000 €234,000 €351,000 $262,080 $393,120 A matching-numbers example, this DB Mark III was delivered new to Aston Martin’s United States East Coast agent J S Inskip as a Tickford-bodied saloon in left-hand drive configuration. Originally finished in Storm Grey with red Connolly hide interior trim, ‘1361’ was delivered on 4th November 1957 to its first owner, a Mr Charles Berrick of New York, USA. Many years later, in 1988, the car found its way back to the UK, arriving in highly original but rather tired condition. Its new owner, a Mr Benson, then commissioned a full restoration, which was undertaken by well-known Aston Martin specialists Post-Vintage Engineers between 1989 and 1996 (see history file). It was decided that the original body was in such poor condition that a replacement would be required. Accordingly, an original Tickford body was sourced from Aston Service Dorset and then converted to the desirable drophead coupe configuration. At the same time the car was converted from left- to right-hand drive, and the colour scheme changed to dark blue with grey interior. Post-Vintage Engineers remembers this car well and has followed it for most of its life since the 1980s. In 2006, the car was sold by Post-Vintage Engineers to a Mr B Halton. Further work was undertaken over the next five years, mainly servicing and maintenance, mostly by Aston Martin specialists Four Ashes Garage. In 2012, this DB Mark III participated in the AMOC’s Windsor Concours of Elegance, and in 2014 was bought by the current owner to form part of his distinguished classic car collection. An older restoration showing virtually no signs of age, the car remains in lovely condition. We have had the pleasure of driving it a few miles and can report that it performed excellently. A head-turner at any event and the ultimate evolution of the DB2/4 model, the car is offered with a copy guarantee form confirming the chassis and engine numbers; Post-Vintage Engineers’ quote, correspondence, and invoices for the 1989-1996 restoration; invoices from Four Ashes Garage for work carried out; a quantity of expired MoTs; and old/current UK V5C Registration Certificates.
231 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante X-Pack 15569 £300,000 £350,000 €351,000 €409,500 $393,120 $458,640 First registered on 21st May1987, this rare X-Pack equipped Vantage Volante has had three former keepers; the first two, though, were same person, so ‘15569’ is effectively a two-owner car from new. Stratton Motor Company arranged the Aston’s sale when new and sold it to the current owner in 1993. Finished in Chichester Blue with blue-piped Parchment hide interior, the car comes with full service history, initially with Marshall’s followed by Aston Martin Lagonda and since 1990 with Stratton Motor Company, whose bills detailing the works carried out are on file. Stratton knows the Volante very well and can vouch for the fact that everything is original and as it should be. Described by the vendor as a very good car in very nice order – good paintwork, driving well, etc – this beautiful Vantage Volante X-Pack comes complete with fresh MoT, a V5C document, and all its original books, tool kit, jack, and spare wheel.
232 2019 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake SCFNLCUZ7KGJ54496 £625,000 £750,000 €731,250 €877,500 $819,000 $982,800 This beautiful Aston Martin Shooting Brake is finished in Lava Red Metallic with contrasting black leather, red stitched throughout including the ‘Z’ motifs. Additional options include the Villa D’Este Pack; carbon fibre side fender; black Zircotec tailpipe finisher; carbon fibre roof; interior fascia in carbon fibre twill; black leather One-77 steering wheel; auto-dimming mirror with garage door opener; Aston Martin Tracking; umbrella and holder; carbon fibre load area; and the Q duo-tone bronze front and rear grills. In the creation of these extraordinary pieces of automotive jewellery, the front grille is machined from a single billet of aluminium, the process taking approximately 200 hours. Representing a wonderful opportunity for the Aston Martin collector to own one of the marque’s rarest and most exclusive cars, this Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake is truly one of the best-specified to come out of the factory, and is believed to be one of only three that have the optional bronze grilles. As a way to enjoy the forthcoming celebrations of Zagato’s centenary in 2019, there can be none more satisfying than this latest sublime manifestation of the Italian coachbuilder’s craft. Should the vehicle remain in the EU, VAT of 20% will be payable on the hammer price and buyer’s premium.
233 2004 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster 800039 £300,000 £350,000 €351,000 €409,500 $393,120 $458,640 The 39th of 99 constructed, this beautiful low-mileage AR1 Roadster was first registered in the UK on 1st July 2005 and has had four former keepers. The current vendor acquired the car in 2014, since when it has been kept in storage. Accompanying paperwork includes a Certificate of Origin; VCA (UK Type Approval) certificate; original radio code booklet; old/current V5C Registration Certificates; and a quantity of expired MoTs verifying the recorded mileage of only 2,030. A nice clean car, freshly MoT’d, ’39’ also comes with its original tool kit, battery conditioner, First Aid kit, and two umbrellas in their original casing, together with a bespoke after-market tonneau that covers the entire cockpit.
234 1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe 12472 £220,000 £260,000 €257,400 €304,200 $288,288 $340,704 Offered here is an example of the (AMOC designated) ‘Series 2’ Vantage, which featured the extensive mechanical and bodywork revisions of the ‘Series 4’ (Oscar India) V8 saloon. ‘12472’ appears to have benefited from an extensive restoration at some point in its past, these works included renewing the sills and a full re-spray, and has bills on file for other work carried out by marque specialists Oselli. The history file is substantial, containing numerous bills from Aston Martin, a quantity of expired tax disks and MoTs; a CD-ROM of photographs; and old/current V5C Registration Certificates. Freshly MoT’d, the car also comes with its original jack, tool kit, triangle, spare wheel, and a spare set of keys.
235 1993 Aston Martin Virage Volante Works Special SCFDAM2CXPBR60083 £150,000 £180,000 €175,500 €210,600 $196,560 $235,872 Chassis number ‘60083’ was ordered new in May 1993 by the late owner, who had visited the Newport Pagnell factory to finalise its specification. Aston Martin Sales Limited’s letter on file records the specification as follows: Gladiator Red exterior, black hide interior with matching piping, grey Alcatara headlining, black mohair hood, grey carpets edged in matching hide, driver’s side air bag, front seat headrest pads, fog lights in spoiler, and a boot lid spoiler. The original purchase price was £147,862. Some two years later, the owner revisited Newport Pagnell to discuss upgrading the Virage to 6.3 litre specification. In a letter on file, Aston Martin Lagonda Limited confirm the following works to be carried out in combination with the capacity increase: installing a large bore exhaust, revising the front and rear suspension, installing an up-rated braking system, fitting 18″ road wheels and tyres, flaring the wheel arches, installing traction control, and modifying the automatic gearbox and its cooling system. In addition, the Virage was to receive the distinctive Vantage front and rear body panels, front spoiler and bonnet, etc. Dated June 1995 (at 3,800 miles), the related bill is for £111,000. ‘H5 TRO’ also comes with its original service booklet, which has been stamped by Aston Martin Works Service nine times up to 2001 (at 7,818 miles). Subsequent stamps record servicing by Trinity Engineering, AM Works, Harwoods and, finally, Chicane Classics in July 2012 (at 22,363 miles). The current odometer reading is circa 26,000 miles. Offered with a V5C document and MoT to 31st October 2016, ‘H5 TRO’ represents an opportunity for the Aston Martin collector to acquire a rare (believed to be one of three in this specification), high-performance variant of an already exclusive model, benefiting from fastidious, single-owner stewardship from new. via Bonhams Aston ’16 sold $206k.
236 2007 Aston Martin DB9 Volante SCFAC02A87GB07966 £35,000 £45,000 €40,950 €52,650 $45,864 $58,968 black with tan interior and has the semi-automatic transmission. The car was purchased from Broughtons Aston Martin of Cheltenham (now H.R. Owen) and has been serviced by them since acquisition. The service booklet records annual services with Broughtons, the most recent on 13th February 2018 (at 10,376 miles), and the car is currently MoT’d. As one would expect of a pampered one-owner example, ‘07966’ comes complete with its original bill of sale, tool kit, Aston Martin-branded first aid kit, owner’s manual, specification sheet, Aston Martin tracking user guidebook, Navteo onboard navigation system manual, and an unused Aston Martin umbrella. Used sparingly (the current odometer reading is only 10,673 miles), this beautiful soft-top Aston is described by the private vendor as in good condition throughout.
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