£5m of stunning classic Aston Martins sold at auction
More than £5 million worth of classic Aston Martins were sold at the company's annual auction over the weekend.
The Aston Martin Sale, hosted by Bonhams at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell on May 13, saw a wide range of classic models sold – including a stunning 1964 DB5.
Famous for being the car of choice for super-spy James Bond, the dark blue sports saloon fetched a staggering £561,500 when it went under the hammer – making it the top lot of the day.
An array of other early 'DB' models were also snapped up by bidders, including a 1961 DB4 'Series III' 4.2-litre Sports Saloon, which was bought for £399,100. A 1970 DB6 Mark 2 Vantage Sports Saloon achieved slightly less, selling for a still considerable £382,300.
In amongst these classic Aston Martins from the '60s and '70s, a number of more recent models also found new owners at the sale. One of the highlights of the auction was a 1996 V8 Sportsman Estate Car – one of only three ever built. This unique and unusual car was converted to a shooting brake format by Aston Martin Works, and sold for £337,500.
Other early Vantage models also sold for considerable sums, including a 1989 V8 Vantage Volante 'X-Pack' 7.0-litre that went for £387,900, while a 1997 Vantage V600 Coupe achieved £253,500. A 2000 Vantage Le Mans Coupe also sold for £309,500.
Tim Schofield, head of Bonhams Motoring Department, said: "Even in our 18th year at Aston Martin Works, we are seeing a continued interest and enthusiasm for our sale.
"Bonhams prides itself on the breadth of its offerings at auction, and despite its single-marque status, this sale is no different.
"With lots ranging from a barn-find projects to race-ready lightweight competition cars, this sale had something for all admirers of the Aston Martin and Lagonda marques."
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer added: "We are very proud of our heritage at Aston Martin so it is fascinating to hear about the histories of the cars that come up for sale at these auctions. Some of our cars have led extremely interesting lives."