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Aston Martin to celebrate 60th birthday with biggest ever auction

A bumper crop of 55 cars are on offer at Bonhams’ 2015 Newport Pagnell sale, including 21 DB4, DB5 and DB6 vehicles.

Among them is a pair of rare DB4 convertibles. The rarest is a 1962 Series IV Vantage convertible – just one of nine original left-hand-drive cars – first owned by the legendary actor, playwright and diplomat Sir Peter Ustinov. He ordered the car with the recently introduced Special Series Vantage engine, has the car delivered to the Montreux Palace Hotel in Switzerland on 27th July 1962.

The DB4, which has been resprayed but appears to be largely original, has been in a private collection for the past few years and will need recommissioning before going back on the road. It’s estimated to sell for £900,000 to £1 million.

In contrast, the second DB4 convertible – one of a total of 70 built – has been the subject of a body-off restoration by a marque specialist around 15 years ago. The engine has been enlarged to 4.0-litres and converted to use unleaded fuel, and a modified DB6 power steering system has been fitted. It is expected to sell for £800,000-£900,000.

There are also some enticing restoration projects on offer, including a DB4/2 saloon with period Alpine racing history. The ex-Count de Salis/MacGregor, 1956 Alpine Rally car has matching chassis and engine numbers. It’s been owned by the vendor since 1993 and is offered in ‘barn find’ condition. The expected price is £70,000-£100,000.

One of the most tempting of the more modern Astons on offer is a 1984 Aston Martin Lagonda saloon with just 1,632 miles on its clock. Originally delivered to the USA, the left-hand drive car is said to be in highly original and unrestored condition. The estimate is £50,000 to £75,000.

If the cars are too pricey, there’s plenty of other Aston Martin memorabilia on offer. My top pick is a limited edition gold-plated James Bond 007 DB5 model, offered with an Aston Martin medal with an estimate of £250-£350.

Many of the other items have a Bond theme, but one interesting item that caught my eye was a photo of a very young Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger with his DB6. It’s estimated at £250 to £300.

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By Claire Evans

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