Aston Martin project tops $270,000 at Bonhams Beaulieu sale
It may be missing front wheels and seats, but this rare Aston Martin project still turned heads last week at the Beaulieu Motor Museum
The 1959 Aston Martin DB4 'Series I' Sports Saloon is one of only 149 examples ever produced, and was offered looking slightly worse for wear by Bonhams, as part of a sale of classic cars and motorcycles.
Having been acquired in 1986 by its last owner, who intended to restore it to its former glory, it was placed in dry storage when the project stalled – and had remained untouched for the past 30 years.
However, the car's rarity and unrestored state makes it a perfect project for an Aston Martin enthusiast, and it was snapped up for a final price of £203,100 ($271,025).
The auction also offered another rare Aston Martin project, in the shape of a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 'Mark 1' Vantage Sports Saloon. In this case the car was far closer to completion, having remained a labour of love for a family since 1998, and fetched a sum of £197,500 ($263,550).
The sale's leading lot was a 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé with a royal provenance. As one of only 560 300 S models produced, the car had originally been owned by His Majesty King Hussein of Jordan, and sold for £292,700 ($390,600).
Elsewhere there were six-figure sums achieved by a 1936 Cord Sportsman 812 Supercharged, described as "one of the most iconic American cars of the 1930s", which sold for £100,060 ($133,525); and a 1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica which sold for £105,660 ($141,000).
Highlights from the sale's selection of vintage motorcycles included a restored 1939 Brough Superior 982cc SS100, which sold for £133,100 ($177,615), and a 1937 Vincent-HRD 499cc Series-A Comet, offered from single ownership for the first time since 1958, which sold for £34,500 ($46,030).
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