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DB5 TICKS PROVE­NANCE BOX

An As­ton Martin pre­vi­ously owned by Prince Sadrud­din Aga Khan is be­ing of­fered by Hexagon Clas­sics. The Aga Khan bought the car in 1986 and had it re­stored for his per­sonal use in Switzer­land. He kept the car for 12 years be­fore sell­ing it to another Geneva res­i­dent. Hexagon ac­quired the DB5 in 2015 and has since car­ried out another com­plete restora­tion. It has been re­painted in its orig­i­nal Good­wood Green and the full his­tory back to its first owner has been traced. The ask­ing price is £799,995.

WHAT PRICE AN AU­TO­GRAPH?

It’ll never be an icon, but the Mor­ris 1800 ‘wedge’ be­ing auc­tioned at Anglia Car Auc­tions’ June sale is one of the rarest clas­sics you’ll find. Only sold with Mor­ris badges for six months in 1975, this one some­how es­caped be­ing reg­is­tered un­til 1977. There are very few sur­vivors. As well as its su­perb con­di­tion, this one has the added dis­tinc­tion of be­ing au­to­graphed by its de­signer, Harris Mann. Freshly Mot’d, its pre-sale es­ti­mate is £4500£5500 and you’ll prob­a­bly never park next to another.

SEE­ING DOU­BLE AT RM SALE

RM Sotheby’s has added another date to its 2017 auc­tion cal­en­dar – the Santa Mon­ica Sale in Cal­i­for­nia on June 2425. The most eye-catch­ing lot con­signed so far is a unique ‘twin-nose’ 1936 Lin­coln Ze­phyr. Mod­i­fied and patented in pe­riod by Illi­nois in­ven­tor Wil­lard Mor­ri­son, the lay­out was claimed to ac­tu­ally im­prove the car’s stream­lin­ing. See rm­sothe­bys.com

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