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Barn-found Aston Martin leads Coys Spring Classic sale


Barn-found Aston Martin DBS brings $64,600 | Coys photo
Barn-found Aston Martin DBS brings $64,600 | Coys photo

A car billed as “the ultimate barn find,” the last original Aston Martin DBS to come off the assembly line, sold for $64,600 earlier this week at Coys Spring Classics auction in London.

The car, produced in September 1972, was discovered recently by Coys’ managing partner Chris Routledge.

“This is the ultimate barn find and an important part of Aston Martin’s history,” Routledge said. “It has been sitting in a barn since 1980… The windows are broken, the interior trim is missing and its rusty, but it’s all there… and now needs to be brought back to its former glory.”

Showing a few more than 40,000 miles on its odometer, the car sold in what Routledge called “a great ending to a fantastic story. The car has been sold to an Aston Martin collector who was so excited about having the opportunity to restore the very last production DBS that he almost started to do the work in the auction room.”

Overall, the auction generated $4.48 million in sales.

Another much-publicized car sold was the 1967 Maserati Quattroporte formerly owned by Princess Aly Khan, who became Lady Camrose when she married an Englishman. The big sedan brought $67,960.

Other featured sales included a 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost for $236,990, a 1992 Porsche 964 Carrera 2 RS Lightweight for $235,195, a 1935 Rolls 20/25 3-position dropped coupe with Mulliner coachwork and a 1959 Maserati OSCA Tipo Formula Junior, each bringing $147,400.

“It was a very successful evening at Coys Spring Classics auction despite some commentary that the historic car market is changing,” Routledge said in a news release. “Needless to say we work very hard and closely with our vendors to ensure they understand the importance of honest and sensible reserve prices on their cars. The results speak for themselves. Sensible reserves equal sold motorcars – it is not rocket science!”

Coys next sale is April 18 at Techno Classica in Essen, Germany.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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