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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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