The 18th edition of the annual Aston Martin Sale, which was held at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell raised over GBP 5 million. The sale was conducted by renowned auction house Bonhams and one of the stars of the event was a 1996 Aston Martin V8 Sportsman Estate Car. This Estate car was one of only three such cars and was originally converted to its shooting brake format at Aston Martin Works. The model fetched a staggeringly high price of GBP 337,500.
Another car that drew a lot of attention was a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, which fetched GBP 561,500, and proved to be the model which fetched the highest price. The car was finally sold to a telephone bidder. Other early ‘DB’ models were also popular including a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 ‘Series III’ 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon which went for GBP 399,100 and a 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 Vantage Sports Saloon which was sold for GBP 382,300.
The 2017 Aston Martin Sale was not all about old models. A 1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante ‘X-Pack’ 7.0-Litre, sparked a bidding contest between two keen buyers and ultimately the winner paid GBP 387,900 whilst a 1997 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Coupé raised GBP 253,500 and a 2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé went for GBP309,500.
Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said: ““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.”
Tim Schofield, Head of Bonhams Motoring Department added that even though Bonhams was conducting this sale for the 18th year at Aston Martin Works, the sale still sparks plenty of interest and enthusiasm for our sale. Though it features only a single marque, the sale showcased a wide range of models in all kinds of condition from competition ready race cars in the best possible condition to barn-find projects. The next auction will be at the Festival of Speed sale on 30 June.”
No new cars have been made at Aston Martin Works from 2007 after production shifted to Gaydon. Aston Martin Works is now devoted to preserving Aston Martin’s heritage. There are plans to revive the site as a manufacturing facility. It was announced in late 2016 that the iconic DB4 G.T. would be made at Aston Martin Works, making it the first Aston Martin to be built at Newport Pagnell since 2007. Only 25 track-only continuation cars will be built.
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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