If you love the famous British car brand, then you’ll be excited to know that H&H Classics have six amazing Aston Martins up for auction. They’ll go under the hammer at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford on October 12th, 2016, and range from 1930 to 2007.
It’s a fascinating change to compare technology and prices for the cars, which range from a pre-war Aston to a 1950s barn find. And two recent and barely used examples from the last decade.
1930 Aston Martin International 1.5 Litre Short Chassis Tourer
This 1930 Aston Martin International is one of just 81 short chassis versions made, and retains matching engine and chassis numbers. It was treated to a full restoration in 1995 by Ason Martin expert Bill Elwell-Smith which cost around £60,000. Since then, the classic pre-war Aston has been entered into motorsport events for the first time, including two outings at the Brighton Speed Trials.
Registration GH 4093 comes complete with a good history file, restoration receipts and pre-war items including a copy factory work sheet, 2007 VSCC Eligibility Document and buff continuation logbook. It’s expected to raise between £110,00 to £150,000.
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Saloon in California Sage
The 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 was longer and taller than the previous model, and had a one-piece windscreen and rear hatchback, telescopic steering column and adjustable backrests. It also boasted a 2.6 litre engine with 125bhp, 144lbft of torque and a 111mph top speed. A total of 565 Mark 1 DB2/4 saloons were made, with 448 in the two door specification.
At some point after 1964, this particular example emigrated to America, where it was discovered covered in dust in a Virginian barn in 2008. Following a full restoration it has since won a number of class awards at American concours shows. And the estimate is that it could be yours for £180,000 to £220,000.
A 1969 Aston Martin DBS ‘Vantage Specification’ in Olive Green
The 1969 Aston Martin DBS is a rare classic to start with. But this example stands out even among the 787 thought to have been made, as it was the star of an episode of ‘For The Love of Cars’.
As a result, the restoration of chassis DBS/5436/RAC has been documented on camera. Ant Anstead and the team at Evanta Motors resprayed JRA 615H in Aston Martin Olive Green Metallic, with Ox Blood Red leather upholstery. It also gained a refurbished dashboard, steering wheel and new carpets. The engine was enlarged to 4.2 litres and Vantage spec with triple Weber carbs by RS Williams, and it was converted to a Tremec T5 manual gearbox.
Bought by the current owner for £173,400 in January 2015, it was then given to Oselli for even more refinement and debugging.
Amazingly, given the fame, the £173,400 previous purchase price, and a further £78,000 spent since, this 1969 Aston Martin DBS is expected to sell for £160-£180,000. Almost a bargain, really.
1979 Aston Martin V8 Volante in Tourmaline Blue
There’s something about a convertible Aston Martin. And this 1979 Aston Martin V8 Volante looks stunning in the original Tourmaline Blue. Combined with the power bulge bonnet, integrated rear lip spoiler and GKN alloy wheels of the fourth series V8, it just all looks perfect.
The V8 in question was designed by Tadek Marek, with a 5340cc DOHC engine fed via quad Weber carburettors. And the majority of the 439 cars in this specification went to American, making a right-hand drive version relatively rare. Which explains the £160-£180,000 price.
2003 Aston Martin DB7 V12 GTA
From a production run of 112 cars, just 60 examples of the Aston Martin DB7 V12 GTA made it to the UK. And this one has just 23,227 miles on the clock.
For £50-£60,000, you could get a six litre V12 engine with 420bhp and 400lbft torque, with a five-speed Touchtronic automatic transmission. That provides 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds, and a top speed limited to 165mph.
The Metallic Green paint and black leather interior makes it a subtle, and elegant car. And as one of the last V21 DB7s, it’s probably a good investment for the future.
2007 Aston Martin DB9 Volante in Gunmetal Grey
Another modern classic Aston Martin, the DB9 Volante was designed by Henrik Fisker and produced from 2004-2016. The roof takes just 17 seconds to raise or lower, while you can get from 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds, thanks to 450bhp and a 165mph top speed.
The V21 engine and automatic transmission have covered just 44,800 miles and it comes with Aston Martin service history and a black hide interior. And it’s also the bargain of the bunch with an estimate of £40-£50,000.
Six Amazing Aston Martins Up For Auction
If you wanted to start at Aston Martin collection or private museum, then you could do worse than picking up all six of these cars.
The DB7 V21 GTA and DB9 Volante are both modern classics which would actually be usable on a regular basis. So you’d just have to decide how much you want them to appreciate in the coming years.
Of the older Aston Martins, the 1969 DBS has the TV star angle, and the Short Chassic Tourer is a great pre-war vintage Aston. But if I had the money, it’d be the 1954 DB2/4 Saloon. It has enough of the classic Aston Martin look to be recognisable to non-car fans, pre-dates the inevitable Bond references, and looks stunning. Plus if I was outbid, the 1979 Volante would make a gorgeous and muscular consolation prize…