Decrepit Aston Martin expected to fetch £220k at auction

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Aston Martin DB4 Series III

It might look as though it'll fall apart in a stiff breeze, but this rotting Aston Martin DB4 is expected to fetch as much as £220,000 when it goes under the hammer at a classic car auction next month.

Bonhams Auctions is offering this 1962 Series III model at its Aston Martin Works sale, though you'll need deep pockets if you want to get it back into showroom condition, with the necessary restoration work alone estimated to cost over £300,000.

Delivered to its first owner – a Mr Robert Drummond of London SW1 – in 1961, the car was sent back to the factory just months later to have an overdrive fitted.

After changing hands in 1982, the car was subject to restoration work and was treated to a fully rebuilt engine. However, the project appears to have been abandoned halfway through, with the car languishing in a garage for over 30 years to the present day.

Still, this 'semi-restored' example is one of approximately 1,100 Series III models made, making it a rare opportunity to purchase an Aston Martin DB4. Unsurprisingly, however, it is being sold strictly as seen.

If you're hankering after a slice of classic Aston Martin motoring, but don't fancy resigning months of your life nursing this one back to health, Bonhams is also offering a mint Series II model. Though, with an expected sale price of £750,000 it is the reserve of only the most well-heeled car enthusiasts.

Bonhams' Aston Martin Works sale takes place on May 9 at Aston Martin Works Service, Newport Pagnell.

1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series III

1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series III