The Aston Martin Works Sale
This Saturday, May 21st, is Bonhams’ annual sale of Aston Martin automobiles and automobilia located in Newport Pagnell, historic home of the prestigious British manufacturer. Cars on consignment have had their provenance assured by Aston Martin Works, the marque‘s in-house heritage car facility. It follows that the docket is brimming with vintage and contemporary Astons; an unrivaled collection of British sports and luxury motorcars. A couple of Lagondas will also grace the auction block, reflecting the period during which they were under the same ownership as Aston Martin. Our team of leasing experts are stalwart fans of Aston Martins of all vintages, here are a few of their favorites from Saturday’s auction.
The Venetian Purple 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible offered at Lot 232 has caught the attention of our West Coast Sales Manager, Juan Garcia. One of only 84 right-hand drive DB5s, this example has been extensively restored in fitting with its rarity. This car has a colored 52-year history, including the destruction of its original engine, being stolen, and a Ferrari-red respray. Juan dreams of driving such elegance along the 17-mile drive at Pebble Beach.
Premier’s Southeast Sales Manager, Chris Warren, is watching the 1959 Aston Martin DB Mark III. This Sports Saloon is a 2+2 with room for luggage and a powerful 3.0 liter straight six, capable of reaching a considerable 120mph. In adopting the DB3s style grill, the DB Mark III established the Aston Martin “look,” a design precedent still evident in modern Astons. The classic look and spirited performance of these automobiles have made them a favorite with Mr. Warren.
Michelle Yancey, our Southwest Sales Manager, has her eye on the 1963 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon offered at Lot 247. Like the aforementioned convertible, this DB5 saloon is very rare; it is one of only 42 originally finished in Fiesta Red, and the only one with White Gold interior trim. This coupe is fast, attractive, and luxurious – a consummate grand-tourer. Michelle is especially enamored with the juxtaposition of the DB5’s curvaceous front end with its squared-off hind quarters.
Our Northeast Sales Manager, Keith Neelans, is a fan of the 1960 Aston Martin DB4 at Lot 210. The DB4 was the first car manufactured by Aston Martin under David Brown that wasn’t based on earlier designs. It was a new car for a new era of post-war motoring, heavily influenced by the racing technology of the day. It was also the first Aston swathed in the elegant, hand-beaten lines of Carrozzeria Touring’s Superleggera bodywork. Power-assisted steering, a bigger sump, and more developed brake calipers set the series 2 apart from the original.
The home office in Woodbury, Connecticut loves the edgy 1986 Aston Martin Lagonda at Lot 237. Already a massive, luxurious estate car, this particular example was modified into a shooting brake – a conversion that took four years. Numerous modifications and improvements were made along with the conversion but, luckily, no changes were made to the rather debonair pop-up headlights. The Lagonda Shooting Brake’s looks leave nothing to be desired, provided you do not desire good looks.
Lease an Aston Martin from Auction
Premier offers simple, transparent lease terms to bidders at auction, even those as high-end as this. Whether you’re looking to acquire a vintage Aston Martin DB5 or the more contemporary DB9, Premier can structure a Simple Lease on any car over $50,000 that is sure to have you enjoying your auction acquisition in no time. Make sure to call Premier to get pre-approved and consult your Auction Basics before bidding.