£8.75m in one af­ter­noon....

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

There was no short­age of en­thu­si­asm for 007’s favourite mar­que dur­ing the 18th Bon­hams sale for As­ton Martins at AM Works in New­port Pag­nell. Led by a £700,000 1970 DB6 Volante MkII re­quir­ing re-com­mis­sion­ing, 62 per cent of the As­tons on of­fer sold for a to­tal close to £6m.

New project man­agers were forth­com­ing how­ever for all the barn finds and TLC cases, a sig­nif­i­cant vote of con­fi­dence in their longer-term fu­ture. While un­der­lin­ing the strength in depth of the classic car mar­ket as ob­ses­sive con­sumers hunt down the trim­mings to dress or com­plete their pride and joy, were a 1964 ZF five-speed ’box for a DB5 chang­ing hands for £5250 and an L&E Mil­len­nium hy­draulic jack for a DB5/6 and DBS lift­ing £3500, while a bid­der pay­ing £813 ob­vi­ously re­ally needed an orig­i­nal DB6 horn push with chipped Bake­lite sur­round.

But then, si­mul­ta­ne­ously in neigh­bour­ing Northamp­ton­shire un­der the Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions ham­mer, a Fer­rari is­sue Day­tona 365GTB/4 tool roll with con­tents made a sim­i­larly as­ton­ish­ing £12,000 (more than the av­er­age price of a classic at auc­tion last month!) dur­ing the au­to­mo­bilia ses­sion that pre­ceded a 72 per cent sold £3.6m af­ter­noon.

Two con­tes­tants com­peted for a nu­mer­i­cally rare 1993 Porsche 911 964 Turbo S Le­icht­bau be­side the Sil­ver­stone GP cir­cuit, the win­ner break­ing the half-mil­lion pound bar­rier by pay­ing a gaspin­duc­ing £556,875; a very high val­u­a­tion for a 964, once the poor re­la­tion of the 911 fam­ily.

Although 17 As­tons did not sell and 21 re­serves were too high for po­ten­tial buy­ers at Sil­ver­stone, nearly £9m had none­the­less been bet on classic fu­tures at the two head-to-head sales, only a few M1 junc­tions apart and not one politi­cian in sight.

Pun­ters get­ting up very close at the New­port Pag­nell AM Works sale.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.