Wed, May 18, 2016

Art & Auctions
1953 Aston Martin race car could fetch $10m

A 1953 racing car could sell for as much as $10 million at an upcoming specialist auction of Aston Martin cars conducted by Bonhams in the UK this weekend.

The 1953 Aston Martin DB3S was raced by Sir Stirling Moss, Tony Brooks, Peter Collins, Roy Salvadori and Reg Parnell.

With an estimate of £6-7 million ($8.7-10.1 million), the ex-works race car is expected to attract the attention of classic car collectors across the globe.

“Few cars that have appeared in film can also boast an association with so many great names from the heyday of British sports car racing, but this Aston Martin DB3S does just that,” said Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Head Motoring. “Drivers who raced it include such legends as Peter Collins, Roy Salvadori, and Sir Stirling Moss, competing at world-class level in such gruelling races as the Mille Miglia, the Spa Grand Prix and the Nürburgring 1,000 kms.”

Bonhams first held an Aston Martin sale in 2000, and the auction has become one of the highlights of the automotive calendar. As in previous years, Aston Martin Works in town of Newport Pagnell will host the auction.

Aston Martin Works is the historic home of the iconic sports car maker, a unique facility with a remarkable automotive heritage. An approved heritage service and restoration facility as well as a new car dealership it is possible to view, purchase, service and restore cars from every era of the marque’s 103 years of existence.

Aston Martin President and CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: “We are very proud of our heritage at Aston Martin so it is fascinating to hear about the histories of the cars that come up for sale at these auctions. Some of our cars have led extremely interesting lives.”

Joining the 1953 Aston Martin DB3S, which is one of only 11 works cars built for the World Sportscar Championship, is an array of exciting lots. A 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible with an estimate of £1.5-1.6 million ($2.1-2.3 million) is listed alongside a 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage Convertible; one of only five right-hand-drive examples. Other highlights include a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible and a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 ‘Mark I’ Volante, which is one of the rarest of post-war Aston Martins.

Paul Spires, Commercial Director at Aston Martin Works, said: “The Bonhams Aston Martin auction exceeds our expectations every year. It is a delight to see Aston Martins that have been lovingly cared for being sold to new and existing enthusiasts. Judging by the lots we are going to have another exceptional year.”

The 2016 Bonhams Aston Martin auction will begin at 10:30 BST on Saturday, May 21.

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