Pick of the Day: 1992 Aston Martin Virage coupe

The Aston Martin Virage is from the last of the revered marque's classic era
The Aston Martin Virage is from the last of the revered marque’s classic era

Aston Martin. The name brings up images of exotic locales, racing victories and, of course, James Bond.

Aston Martin motorcars have always been some of the most exclusive and desirable in the world, and so prices for these automotive works of art are quite high, often costing more than the average house. Continue reading

Pocketful of dreams: 5 micro cars you’ll want to collect

Even James Bond might need the Cygnet for maneuvering through London traffic | Aston Martin photo
Even James Bond might need the Cygnet for maneuvering through London traffic | Aston Martin photo

The best catalog I’ve ever seen for a classic car auction was the one a pre-Sotheby’s RM did in 2013 for the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum sale. Not only were the cars small, but so was the catalog. Well, it was small in page size — a nice reflection of the cars on offer — but it was brick-thick in depth and good humor. It was downright delightful and someday will be collectible in its own right. Continue reading

Aston Martin racing stars going to RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale

DBR1 Chassis 1 was the prototype for the Aston Martin that won at Le Mans in 1959 | RM Sotheby's photo by Tim Scott
DBR1 Chassis 1 was the prototype for the Aston Martin that won at Le Mans in 1959 | RM Sotheby’s photo by Tim Scott

Calling it “the most significant group of Aston Martin competition cars to ever come to auction,” RM Sotheby’s has announced its Monterey sale scheduled for August 18-19 will feature among other racing Astons the 1956 DBR1, chassis No. 1, the prototype for the car that Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori drove to victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1959.

Also on the docket will be: Continue reading

British royalty assembled for Bonhams’ Goodwood auction

The Bentley is a massive motorcar that could cruise at 100 mph | Bonhams photos
The Bentley is a massive motorcar that could cruise at 100 mph | Bonhams photos

The 1931 Bentley 8-Litre Sedanca de Ville is a palace among motorcars, a royal barge powered by a massive 488-cubic-inch inline-6 that could transport its pampered occupants at more than 100 mph despite its heavy formal coachwork.

The Bentley, the sole remaining example of six Sedanca-bodied limousines built that year, will roll majestically across the auction block June 30 during Bonhams’ collector car and automobilia auction held at Goodwood House during the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. Continue reading

James Bond and barn finds: Aston Martin sale hits $6.46 million

An Aston Martin DB5, the favored ride of 007, was the auction's highest seller | Bonhams photos
An Aston Martin DB5, the favored ride of 007, was the auction’s highest seller | Bonhams photos

James Bond magic lifted the sale of a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, the same model driven by the fictional British spy, to £561,500 ($725,600) to top Bonhams 18th annual Aston Martin auction, held Saturday at the automaker’s ancestral home at Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, UK.

The sale achieved more than £5 million ($6.46 million), with all reported results including auction fees. The overall results include 25 Astons sold of the 42 cars offered, plus nearly all of a huge selection of Aston Martin- and Lagonda-related automobilia, parts, artworks, clothing and literature. Continue reading

Bonhams mounts 18th annual Aston Martin auction

The Bonhams sale is led by a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante | Bonhams photos
The Bonhams sale is led by a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante | Bonhams photos

For the 18th year, Bonhams holds its all-Aston Martin auction at the legendary British automaker’s ancestral home at Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, with the sale taking place on May 13 and offering vehicles spanning more than six decades of the exclusive and very valuable motorcars.

The Aston Martin sale, which includes the associated Lagonda marque, is highlighted by a rare 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante, a drophead (British for convertible) with a pre-auction estimated value between £700,000 and £900,000 ($896,000 to $1,152,000). Continue reading

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