For­tune favours the brave, as projects and minters alike pro­vide strong re­sults

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING -

Englefield House, on the out­skirts of Read­ing, Berk­shire, made for a fine back­drop for Bon­hams’ pop­u­lar As­ton Mar­tin sale, and the lo­ca­tion – not to men­tion the fine weather – cre­ated an al­most gar­den party at­mos­phere.

With just un­der 40 lots cov­er­ing the post-war As­ton Mar­tin pe­riod, there was enough in­ter­est­ing metal on of­fer to sat­isfy most tastes and pock­ets, and sev­eral project cars man­aged to sweeten the pill for those with good in­ten­tions but less gen­er­ous funds to play with.

Top price of the day was the strong £886,300 for a 1965 DB5 con­vert­ible, but a long-term stored 1951 DB2 project, which made £66,460, cre­ated just as much in­ter­est. Bon­hams’ next sale – for more than just As­tons this time – is at the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed on 13 July. ❚ 020 7468 5801 ❚ bon­

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