love of cars DBs owner pre­pared to sell at a loss

Busi­ness­man ra­tio­nalises col­lec­tion to fo­cus on ‘ higher-end’ me­tal

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Tom sey­mour

A wealthy busi­ness­man is pre­pared to sell his 1969 As­ton Martin DBS ‘Van­tage Spec­i­fi­ca­tion’ at a loss of up to £90,000 in or­der to ‘ra­tio­nalise his col­lec­tion’.

The ve­hi­cle is the same DBS fea­tured on Chan­nel 4’s For the Love of Cars in April 2015 and was sold to the un­named buyer at a Coys Auc­tion ear­lier that year in Jan­uary for £173,400 – more than dou­ble its es­ti­mate at the time,

The ven­dor, who declines to be named, then in­vested a fur­ther £78,000 with spe­cial­ist Oselli to de­bug and fine-tune it, tak­ing the to­tal cost to £251,400.

It’s due to be sold today (12 Oc­to­ber) at H&H Clas­sics’ sale at Dux­ford, Cam­bridgeshire with an es­ti­mate of be­tween £160,000 and £180,000. The sale is part of a spe­cial As­ton Martin auc­tion which will also fea­ture a 1930 As­ton Martin In­ter­na­tional 1.5-litre Short Chas­sis Tourer, a 1954 DB2/4 Sa­loon and a 1979 As­ton Martin V8 Volante.

Damian Jones, H&H sales man­ager, tells CCW: ‘ The ven­dor is a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man who has de­cided to ra­tio­nalise his col­lec­tion. He has amassed more ve­hi­cles than he can re­al­is­ti­cally ex­er­cise and wishes to fo­cus on his even more “blue chip” cars and is pre­pared to make a loss. Nat­u­rally, if the As­ton Martin sells within es­ti­mate it will rep­re­sent some­thing of a bar­gain.’

Be­fore the ve­hi­cle was sold at Coys it had been re­stored by Ant An­stead and his team at Evanta Mo­tors. It was stripped of its mis­matched red and white paint and un­der­went var­i­ous chas­sis and body­work re­pairs be­fore be­ing re­sprayed in As­ton Martin Olive Green Metal­lic. The in­te­rior was re-trimmed in con­trast­ing Ox Blood red leather up­hol­stery and gained a re­fur­bished dash­board, re­fin­ished wood rim steer­ing wheel and new car­pets.

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