Rare cars to look out for at the 18th annual Aston Martin Sale by Bonhams

The 18th annual Aston Martin Sale will be held by Bonhams on May 13, 2017.  The sale will take place at the spiritual home of Aston Martin’s heritage, Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, where many of this year’s lots were originally built. The 2017 sale is a celebration of old and new Aston Martins, with cars ranging from 1953 through to 2016. Here are some of the rarest cars that will be going under the hammer at this year’s auction.

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Coupé

Of the 100 performance-focused road-going Vantage GT12s made, this Special Edition 2016 Vantage GT12 Coupé is the only example in the striking Viridian Green paint; a special colour created by Aston Martin’s bespoke service, Q by Aston Martin. The most modern car in the sale, the 592HP car sold out shortly after being revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Number '74' of the 100 units built, this left-hand drive Vantage GT12 was intended for delivery in Luxemburg but has never been registered; its warranty is valid from June 2, 2016, to June 1, 2019. It has an estimate of £350,000 - £450,000.

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1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé

This 1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupé is one of 98 DB2 dropheads ever made. The body of the DB2 afforded its two occupants a generous amount of interior space and the considerable convenience, from the maintenance and accessibility point of view, of a forward-hinging entire front section. DB2 bodies were coachbuilt in the traditional manner, a situation that resulted in numerous differences between individual examples, most obviously in the treatment of the front grille. A drophead coupé version was announced towards the end of 1950. When production ceased in April 1953, a total of 411 DB2s had been made, 98 of them drophead coupés. It has an estimate of £200,000 - 250,000.

1996 Aston Martin V8 Sportsman Estate

Typically when you think of the multitude of cars that carry the Aston Martin badge, estate cars aren’t anywhere near the top of the list. This 1996 Aston Martin V8 Sportsman Estate in this year’s auction is one of only three examples built by Aston Martin. The car left the factory as standard left-hand drive V8 Coupé in July 1996, but then returned to the factory to be modified as shooting brakes, the result looking much like an earlier Virage conversion but with the Coupé's obvious styling differences. This car's colour scheme is British Racing Green with matching upholstery and carpets to the interior, which also features plentiful walnut embellishment. It has an estimate of £300,000 - 350,000.

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1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon

Perhaps the most famous of all the 'James Bond' Aston Martins (even more than the recent DB10), the car’s 3,995cc 6-cylinder light alloy engine is in all major respects the same as that which powered the 4-litre prototype which ran in the 1962 and 1963 Le Mans 24-Hour races. The DB5 was the first of all the 'James Bond' Aston Martins, having appeared in no fewer than five movies of the series, beginning with Goldfinger in 1964. Refurbishment carried out has included an engine rebuild approximately 25 years ago, re-upholstery of the front seats 25 years ago, replacing all brake callipers 10 years ago, and a re-spray in 2016. It has an estimate of £500,000 - 600,000.

1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante

The shining jewel of this year’s sale has to be the 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante, considered by motoring purtists to be the last “real” Aston Martin. Extensively refurbished by Aston Martin Works in 2012, the car has only covered 1,000 miles since then, and is estimated between £700,000 - £900,000. The convertible DB6 premiered at the 1965 London Motor Show, marking the first time the ‘Volante’ name was applied to a soft top Aston Martin. Only 140 ‘Mark I’ DB6 Volantes were made, making this a highly sought-after collectors model.

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