Unique’ model could sell for £3.8 million, say auctoneers

May 14, 2013

 

The sale, in the marque’s centenary year, is the 14th to be held at Aston Martin Works but is the first major event to make use of the Heritage Showroom, the final stage of the major redevelopment of the historic site.
 
The sale has already attracted some fascinating cars, not least a unique Aston Martin DB4GT pictured which is expected to realise between £2.8million 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.
 
Ason Martin Works managing director Kingsley Riding-Felce 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 opening of the Heritage Showroom enables Aston Martin Works to sell heritage cars directly, allowing clients to draw on the vast knowledge of the Works team and its experience in handling sales, service and its world-renowned restoration division.
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