British cars score top bids at Bonhams’ Goodwood auction

A 1961 Aston Martin DP214 Replica GT competition coupe sold for $682,629 | Bonhams photos
A 1961 Aston Martin DP214 Replica GT competition coupe sold for $682,629 | Bonhams photos

British cars played well on home court Sunday during Bonhams’ Goodwood Members’ Meeting auction, which scored an 80 percent sell-through and £5,624,147 (nearly $7 million at the current exchange rate) in total sales. Continue reading

Aston Martins, Lancia Spider star at Gooding Amelia Island sale

The 1949 Aston Martin DB MkII was used by company owner David Brown | Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding
The 1949 Aston Martin DB MkII was used by company owner David Brown | Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding

Three thoroughbred collector cars, one from Italy and two from Great Britain, highlight Gooding & Company’s annual Amelia Island Auction on March 10 in the northern Florida resort community.

The British cars are both Aston Martins, including a historic 1949 DB MkII coupe that was the personal car of company owner David Brown. Continue reading

Aston Martin announces DB4 GT continuation cars

An original DB4 GT at speed | Aston Martin photo
An original DB4 GT at speed | Aston Martin photos

From 1959-1963, Aston Martin produced 75 DB4 GT models that were shorter, lighter, sleeker and more-powerful versions of the standard DB4. Powered by a 3.7-liter straight-six powerplant, eight were special lightweight versions of the car, Britain’s fastest “passenger” sports cars. Stirling Moss drove one to victory at Silverstone in its debut.

Friday, Aston Martin announced that it will produce 25 continuation DB4 GT cars, with delivery starting in the third quarter of 2017. The “track-only” cars will be based on the eight original “lightweight” DB4 GTs. Continue reading

Coys claims ’64 DB5 is first social media sale, largest by an app

1964 Aston Martin DB5 bought for $1 million via Vero app | Coys photos
1964 Aston Martin DB5 bought for $1 million via Vero app | Coys photos

British auction house Coys says it has sold a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 for £825,000 ($1,015,370) and that it not only is “the first time a historic car has been sold directly on social media,” but is the largest known “in-app” purchase of anything to date.

The transaction also was the largest so far via Apple Pay and was done on the Vero platform. Continue reading

H&H auction at Imperial War museum to feature Aston Martins

Three of the half-dozen Aston Martins to be offered at H&H's next auction | H&H photos
Three of the half-dozen Aston Martins to be offered at H&H’s next auction | H&H photos

Six Aston Martins, including a rare 1930 International model, will be featured at H&H Classics auction October 12 at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire, England Continue reading

DB4 Series 1 (or parts of one) tops Bonhams’ Beaulieu auction

Restoration project starts with $270,887 purchase price for remains of 1959 Aston Martin | Bonhams photos
Restoration project starts with $270,887 purchase price for what remains of this 1959 Aston Martin DB4| Bonhams photos

Even without front wheels and after being in storage for some 30 years, a 1959 Aston Martin DB4 Series 1 sports car drew substantial bids at Bonhams’ Beaulieu Sale, an auction held last weekend in conjunction with the British National Motor Museum’s 50th annual Autojumble (Autojumble is British for swap meet).

The barn-found Aston Martin “project” sold for £203,100 ($270,887) including buyer’s premium. Only one other vehicle at the sale sold for more. Continue reading

Modern supercar exotics add luster to Mecum’s Monterey auction

A 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari hybrid supercar makes a rare auction appearance | Mecum Auctions
A 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari hybrid supercar makes a rare auction appearance | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions are not exactly known as the venues for buying modern ultra-exotic European sports cars, but nonetheless its Monterey sale is bristling with very high-tech offerings from many of the greatest names in supercars.

The hyper performers from Ferrari, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Porsche and McLaren made since the dawn of the new millennium boast stunning horsepower as well as eye-popping styling and design, and they should boost the bottom line considerably for the Mecum collector car sale August 18-20 in Monterey. Continue reading

Historic but decrepit, Aston Martin scores at Bonhams auction

The Aston Martin was left out in a garden for decades before being stolen and later recovered by police | Bonhams photos
The Aston Martin was left out in a garden for decades before being stolen and later recovered by police | Bonhams photos

Despite a history of neglect, theft and abandonment, a shabby 1949 Aston Martin DB team car that raced at Le Mans sold Friday at the Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale in England for an impressive £679,100 ($928,941 at the current exchange rate; price includes buyer’s premium).

The Aston race coupe, serial number UMC 65, had been left in a garden for decades before it was stolen in 2002, according to Bonhams. It was recovered by police a decade later and finally returned to its rightful owners, who consigned it to the collector car auction held during the Goodwood vintage-car celebration in West Sussex. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 2006 Aston Martin Vanquish

The 2006 Aston MArtin Vanquish is the last of the handmade British exotics
The 2006 Aston MArtin Vanquish is the last of the handmade British exotics

Aston Martin has a mythic quality to its brand. Not only were Astons driven by none other than fictional superspy James Bond, they have been driven by real-life princes, kings, head of state and celebrities the world over. There are few more exclusive or storied brands than that of Aston Martin.

As a result, Aston Martins are cherished collectibles, some of them from the classic 1950s and ’60s era selling for millions of dollars.

The Vanquish was styled by acclaimed designer Ian Callum
The Vanquish was styled by acclaimed designer Ian Callum

The Pick of the Day is the last of the affordable handmade Aston Martins and a true supercar exotic, a 2006 Aston Martin Vanquish located in Hollywood, California. Continue reading

DB-era Aston Martins top sellers at British auction

A 1964 Aston Martin DB4 Series 5 Vantage convertible was the top seller at the home-base auction | Bonhams
A 1964 Aston Martin DB4 Series 5 Vantage convertible was the top seller at the home-base auction | Bonhams photos

Aston Martins of the 1960s shined brightest during Bonhams’ annual Aston Martin Works sale Saturday at the company’s historic home at Newport Pagnell in England.

The Aston-centric auction included 51 cars as well as loads of pricey collector items related to the esteemed British marque, among them such unusual pieces as a full-size styling mockup of the recent Aston Martin One-77 that sold for £10,625 ($15,597 at the current exchange rate). Continue reading