Wed, Dec 2, 2015

Art & Auctions
Chance to own Johnnie Walker heir's Aston Martin

Car collectors have a chance to buy the most famous of all ‘James Bond’ Aston Martins, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, at the Bonhams Bond Street Sale, taking place in London on December 6.

The motor car was originally owned by Johnnie Walker heir and celebrated motor-racing figure Rob Walker. Walker’s elite status in motor racing history began when he founded the most successful privateer team in Formula 1 history, the Rob Walker Racing Team, whose landmark achievements include the first-ever F1 Grand Prix wins for Cooper and Lotus.

A highlight lot from the Gordon Willey Collection, the DB5 is offered at an estimate of £400,000 - £450,000 ($603,132 to 678,524).

The Bond Street Sale will feature 30 exciting and rare collectors’ motor cars. "These range from heroes of the pre-war era, legends of the 1950s and 1960s, to the modern sports cars of today,” says Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Motoring director. Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques.

Another sale highlight is a 1937 Lagonda 4½-litre LG45 Rapide Tourer. In 1937, The Autocar magazine said of the model: “A short run on one of the first of the 4½-litre Lagonda models left a vivid impression not only of brilliant acceleration and sheer performance, but of a car delightfully silent and easy running in a way that can be achieved to the fullest extent only by a big-engined machine working well inside its limits.”

The late owner, Barclay Dodd, first encountered the Lagonda Rapide in 1937 while he was working for Aston Martin. So impressed by the factory demonstrator's performance, he recommended the Rapide to his father, who duly replaced his Bentley 4½-Litre with this incredible Lagonda. One of just 25 built, it has remained in the same family ever since, now offered some 70 years later at an estimate of £500,000 - £700,000.

Other top cars on sale include a 1929 Bentley 4½-litre, estimated at £400,000-500,000; a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT, estimated at £1,000,000-1,200,000; and a1962 AC Cobra Roadster, estimated at £250,000-350,000.

The sale will also feature the rare inclusion of a number plate. Vehicle registration number ‘R6’, which was originally issued in 1903 and has been held in single-family ownership since the 1950s, will be offered with an estimate of £150,000-180,000.

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