Bid­der buys an As­ton barn find for show car money

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Front Page - Theo Ford-sagers

A 1959 As­ton Martin DB4 Se­ries I that spent more than half its life aban­doned, made £203,100 at Bon­hams’ Beaulieu Au­to­jum­ble sale on 3 Septem­ber – and it doesn’t even have its orig­i­nal en­gine.

The DB4 went to an anony­mous Euro­pean bid­der, and it’s un­known whether it will be re­turn­ing to the road.

This one is the 78th DB4 out of only 149 Se­ries Is made, and the orig­i­nal en­gine had been re­placed by a Jaguar unit by the time the pre­vi­ous owner bought it in 1986. He be­gan the process of swap­ping the en­gine for a pe­riod 3.7-litre As­ton unit and restor­ing the sus­pen­sion and brakes, but aban­doned the job when work took him over­seas.

En­gine, dis­as­sem­bled run­ning gear and stripped in­te­rior came with the car, ready to be fit­ted by the am­bi­tious bid­der.

One Bon­hams ex­pert says: ‘We would es­ti­mate that the restora­tion would cost around an ad­di­tional £150,000-£200,000 with the fin­ished ar­ti­cle be­ing worth be­tween £400,000 and £600,000.’

The big­gest mark-up goes to the seller. Hope­fully this won’t en­cour­age too many As­ton Martin own­ers to squir­rel their cars away.

aban­doned DB4 came with all the parts to re­assem­ble it back into a com­plete car.

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