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

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