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Postby Blowfeld » Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:36 pm

Aston Martin left in barn for 20 years set to sell for £200,000


A classic Aston Martin, which would have been fit for 007 in the 1960s, has spent the last 20 years festering in a barn looking like a wreck – but is still expected to sell for a whopping £200,000.

The DB5 style motor was helped made famous by the James Bond films, but this particular classic was found abandoned and dishevelled.

It’s not surprising that it hasn’t been driven for two decades by the looks of it, as the once sparkly new bodywork has rusted away and black leather seats ripped apart.
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This Aston Martin might not be shiny and new any more but it's still expected to sell for £200,000

But despite its ‘rustic’ look, there are many vintage car enthusiasts that would be gagging to get their hands on the Aston Martin and willing to pay large sums for it.

Auctioneers who are selling the car have warned that it will cost the buyer at least another £200,000 to restore the neglected vehicle.

That only adds to its appeal according to the European director of motor cars for auctioneers Bonhams though.
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The interior of the vintage Aston Martin is just as rusty as the exterior.

Philip Kantor said: ‘People interested in buying it are generally very wealthy collectors who want it to be in a barn find collection.

‘This is because they see it as a restoration project and can restore it to their own choice.’

DB5s were one of the most expensive cars available in the 1960s, when they first came out, costing about £3,000 to £4,000 at the time.

Only 983 Aston Martin DB5s were made at the Aston Martin factory in Newport Pagnell, Bucks, between 1963 and 1965.
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Despite the Aston Martin's rough exterior and rough interior, around £200,000 is expected to restore the car to its former condition

The two door coupes had a four litre engine, 282 brake horsepower and a top speed of 145mph.

This particular Fiesta Red, left hand drive car from 1964 only had three owners and has 61,163 miles on the clock.

The anonymous vendor didn’t have enough money to restore it so is auctioning it off with Bonhams at the Prince of Monaco’s motor museum in Monte Carlo on April 30th.
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Re: James Bond Aston Martin may be worth £200000 ‎

Postby Dr. No » Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:42 pm

What a shame! Still 60k isn't light milage for those old cars. Used to be 100k miles was the life of a car now it is the expiration of a 4 year warranty.

Left hand drive wasn't that what the DB5 Craig had in CR was?
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Postby Blowfeld » Mon May 24, 2010 2:00 pm

Bond Car Auction: $6.8 Million in the Bank
By Stacy
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Auto enthusiasts flocked from everywhere to get a piece of this weekend’s James Bond car auction. $6.8 Million was the total sales figure, based on hammer prices, when all was said and done. Even with nine of the forty-five autos failing to sell, the value of the sales outpaced estimates by $500,000.

Among the iconic autos was one seemingly innocuous Aston Martin DB4 that had quite a story behind it. It was originally bought by a special-effects designer who worked on the original Sean Connery spy movie “Goldfinger;” and while it never actually featured in the film, it was used as the basis for the first gadget-car.

It does have some mods like a super-light clutch and an engine temperature alarm, but what is really surprising is that the $115,000 vehicle has been rotting in the designer’s garage since 1974! In need of extensive restoration, the auto still beat selling estimates by $35,000.

The vehicle that fetched the highest total in the James Bond car auction ($6.8 Million earned overall) was a 1950 Aston Martin DB2. The sporty coupe allegedly participated in the 24-hour Le Mans race in France in the 1950s. Despite being restored from an accident on the way to one of the races, it fetched just over $740,000.

James Knight, managing director of Bonhams’s motoring department told the press why he believed the sale was such a huge success in the turbulent economic times.
“The people who like the earlier cars seem to be more interested at the moment,” he said “Your average guy who’s in the market for a second-hand supercar might not think it’s the right time to buy.”


What do you think of the James Bond car auction? $6.8 Million is a lot of money. Do you think these autos are a good investment? Let me know in the comment section!

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