Aston Martin Works To Host Bonhams Auction In New Heritage Showroom
LONDON – April 24, 2013: The newly completed Heritage Showroom at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell will play host next month to an important sale of Aston Martin and Lagonda cars, which celebrates 100 years of the marque.
The annual Bonhams auction, the 14th to be held at Aston Martin Works, will take place on Saturday 18 May. It has the distinction of being the first major event to make use of the Heritage Showroom, the final stage of the major redevelopment of the historic Aston Martin Works site.
The sale has already attracted some fascinating cars, not least a unique Aston Martin DB4GT which is expected to realise between £2.8 and £3.8 million, as well as several ‘barn find’ cars.
The DB4GT going under the hammer is nicknamed ‘The Jet’ and was the last DB4GT off the production line at Aston Martin Works. It is the only one of its kind with coachwork by Italian design house Bertone and made its debut at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. It was one of the first design commissions for Giorgetto Giugiaro, who would go on to become one of the most celebrated automotive designers of our time.
‘The Jet’ was in the hands of its recently deceased owner since 1986. He had it restored to concours condition by Aston Martin Works, since which time it has won 12 awards, including first in class at Pebble Beach and the Hurlingham Club, and best in show at Villa D’Este.
One of the barn finds to be offered is a 1964 DB5 coupe in original condition and with fewer than 48,000 miles on the clock. In need of restoration after 30 years off the road, in the garage of an Aston Martin Owners Club member, the DB5 will, it is estimated, fetch between £150,000 and £200,000. Other sale highlights include a 1966 DB6 Mk I and a 1969 DB6 Vantage Volante.
Kingsley Riding-Felce, Managing Director of Aston Martin Works, said: “The Bonhams sale is a keenly anticipated annual event at Aston Martin Works, and it is more than fitting that it should be the first to make use of the fully refurbished Olympia Building which now houses our Heritage Showroom.
“The Heritage Showroom enables Aston Martin Works for the first time to sell heritage cars directly, allowing clients to draw on the vast knowledge of the Works team and its experience in handling sales, on-going service and of course, its world-renowned restoration division. Given its proximity to the new-car showroom, it also offers buyers the unique experience of being able to view and compare cars from every era of Aston Martin’s 100 years.”
Aston Martin Works is again offering its popular ‘premier lunch’ package for visitors to the Bonhams auction. Tickets, priced at £180, provide reserved parking, a sale catalogue, reserved auction seating, bespoke enamel lapel badge, refreshments on arrival, champagne, a three-course buffet lunch with wine, and afternoon refreshments.