Since the first auction in 2000, the specialist auctioneer Bonhams has sold more than £14m worth of Aston Martins and related automobilia often at record-breaking levels. In 2007 a 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante sympathetically restored by Works Service achieved a record price of £430,500.
The continued success of the event has been due to the number of interesting cars with fascinating histories that are presented for auction. This year is no exception with a record 41 cars entered into the auction; amongst the most notable being lot 345 a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Coupé, arguably the most sought after of the David Brown Aston Martin road cars.
”We are delighted that the Bonhams’ auction at Aston Martin has become such a prominent fixture on the international calendar of classic car sales,” said Kingsley Riding-Felce, Aston Martin’s Director of Works Service and Customer Care. “We’ve hosted the event at Newport Pagnell for the past eight years with a growing number of owners and enthusiasts from around the world joining us. The success grows each year and this year’s record list of entrants promises to give us yet another exceptional year.”
Aston Martin has also entered two unique lots into this year’s auction. Lots 256 and 257 are two specially numbered imperial gauge bricks from the historic Aston Martin factory that was located opposite Works Service. The Newport Pagnell site was purchased by David Brown in 1954 and since then nearly 13,000 cars were produced at the factory before production ceased in 2007. The bricks come in individual presentation boxes, with a certificate that warrants and guarantees that it is one of a Limited Edition of 1500 saved from the Aston Martin factory. All proceeds from the sale of lots 256 and 257 will go to The Aston Martin Heritage Trust.
Additional bricks from the limited number of 1500 will be available to purchase at the sale with all proceeds going to Willen Hospice and Cancer Research. Willen Hospice provides specialist care for adults from Milton Keynes and surrounding areas who have cancer or other life limiting illness.