DB5 Convertible leads Bonhams' £4.5m Aston Martin sale
A very late-model DB5 convertible led Bonham’s 19th annual Aston Martin auction, with sales totalling £4.5m
Bonhams hosted its 19th annual Aston Martin Sale in the grounds of Englefield House, located in Berkshire, alongside the AMOC’s international concours d’elegance. A healthy sale rate of 90 percent brought in a total of £4,474,499.
The top seller of the auction was an £886,300 DB5 Convertible, which attracted quite a lot of attention. It is thought that this particular car is the second to last convertible ever produced, and it has been well maintained by its previous three owners. It has been upgraded over the years, including a factory-fitted five-speed transmission in 1966, as well as a rebuilt and larger 4.2-litre engine. Harvey Bailey handling kit and 16-inch wheels are the only other non-standard parts.
Also selling well in the auction was a 1964 Aston Martin DB4 with a fantastic history. With a well documented single family ownership from 1964 to 2005, this car survived with very little restoration work in its early years. In more recent times, the engine has been upgraded to 4.2-litre spec, as well as the addition of power steering and air conditioning.
As always, Bonhams offered a selection of project and ‘barn find’ cars – something that has always gone down well at this particular sale. First up was a 1951 Aston Martin DB2, which made £66,460, and next a 1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mark II DHC – recently brought over from Massachusetts – making £225,500. Strong prices, but it’s fair to say a little bit less buzz around these restoration projects than perhaps two years ago.
Other highlights include the ex-Jools Holland 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Mk1 Volante, which sold for £494,300, as well as a beautiful 1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII DHC at £395,500. While there were many strong results, some cars looked like great value – including the 1991 Aston Martin Virage Coupé at £27,600.
James Knight, Group Motoring Chairman and the auctioneer for the sale, commented: 'Our annual Aston Martin sale is always a highlight of the motoring calendar, and we were delighted to have such a good result. I was particularly pleased with the attendance, the sale attracting many new visitors as well as our existing clientele. The setting certainly helped create a wonderful atmosphere and we look forward to building on this year's success.’