£1.2m Aston Martin smashes auction record

Bonhams has sold an Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II Coupé for £1,230,000 - a world record for a DB4.

The 1991 car was owned by Phil Collins' manager, Tony Smith, and has been driven less than 5,000 miles.
Only four were ever made, so all the new owner need do is stick it in a garage and watch its value rise.

The four Sanction II Coupés were each built using an original 1960 DB4 GT Zagato chassis, sat unused after demand for the car didn't meet initial expectation.

Despite looking like the 1960 car, the Sanction II is more powerful, getting a 352bhp 4.2-litre six-cylider engine, rather than the original's 3.7-litre 314bhp unit. Other mechanical changes, including to the suspension and limited slip differential, improve handling.

The car was sold at the 13th Bonhams sale at the Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, which drew a record crowd of 2,000.

The second highest value car sold was a 1962 DB4 Vantage Convertible, which went for £611,000. Get more details about the sale here.
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