Found rot­ting in New Eng­land, this DB4 will cross the block in Jan­uary

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - ❚­wide-auc­tion­

A n ex­tra­or­di­nary As­ton Martin has been re­cov­ered af­ter 45 years rot­ting away on farm­land in the USA. The 1961 DB4 had been left in a wood in New Hamp­shire. As­ton­ish­ingly, the car looks re­stor­able and is for sale with an up­per es­ti­mate of £375,000.

It will cross the block at World­wide Auc­tion­eers’ sale in Scotts­dale, Ari­zona on 18 Jan­uary. De­spite its de­cay­ing ap­pear­ance, it’s largely intact and orig­i­nal.

The left-hand drive two-door has been in the same own­er­ship for fourand-a-half decades, most of which was spent at the mercy of the New Eng­land el­e­ments.

The As­ton Martin was found af­ter the owner de­cided to liq­ui­date all of his as­sets, in­clud­ing a se­lec­tion of cars on the farm. His wife told the auc­tion house the car had sat for as long as she’d known him – 45 years.

In­side the ‘time cap­sule’ there was an old boot in the footwell, a map, a con­dom, and some empty beer cans. The car, first owned by Hol­ly­wood voice ac­tor Dal­las Wil­liams, comes with a copy of its build sheet.

Rod Egan, prin­ci­pal chief auc­tion­eer of World­wide Auc­tion­eers’ says: ‘ We’re de­lighted to be en­trusted with the sale of this as­ton­ish­ing car, lit­er­ally straight out of the woods – an amaz­ing dis­cov­ery with a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory.

‘The re­sponse from both prospec­tive buy­ers and sell­ers to our in­au­gu­ral Ari­zona sale has been fan­tas­tic. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing old friends and new to Scotts­dale in Jan­uary with a very di­verse line-up of great mo­tor­cars.’

This in­cludes a strik­ing se­lec­tion of pre-war con­sign­ments, among them a 1934 Rolls-Royce Drop­head Coupé with sport­ing coach­work by Binder, a 1937 Packard Twelve Con­vert­ible Vic­to­ria, a 1937 Cord 812 SC Cabri­o­let, a con­cours level 1936 Alvis Sil­ver Ea­gle SG Sport Tourer and a 1938 Tal­bot-Lago T-23 Sport Cabri­o­let.

The car has since been moved from the woods and will be for sale on 18 Jan­uary.

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