A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 sports saloon (sedan) and a 1963 DB4 Series V convertible each sold for more than $1 million Sunday when Bonhams staged its annual Aston Martin Sale at the Wormsley Estate in Buckinghamshire England. The auction was staged in conjunction with the Aston Martin Owners Club’s Spring Concours.
The DB5, which recently had undergone a “no expense spared” restoration, sold for $1,097,622 after what Bonhams termed a “bidding war” among would-be owners from the UK, the US and Scandinavia. The British buyer eventually won that war, and the car.
The 1963 DB4 convertible was one of only 70 produced and was offered with the Aston Martin Assured Provenance inspection paperwork. The car sold for $1,033,341.
“This was a fantastic result for the DB5 – and proves the perennial popularity of the quintessential ‘Bond’ car,” noted Tim Schofield, who heads Bonhams motoring department in the UK. “The last three DB5s sold by Bonhams at Wormsley, Goodwood and in our Bond Street sale have all realized strong over-estimate results.
“This is a very impressive result for this particular car, which has been restored without regard to expense, and is the highest price paid in the last few years for a right-hand drive DB5 without ‘Bond’ or celebrity-related provenance; showing that the market has yet again concurred with the specialist views.”
Bonhams did not announce a total sales figure for the auction. According to reported results, dozen cars and a 1970 David Brown 990 Selectramatic tractor were sold, along with dozens of lots of Aston Martin-related automobilia.
Top 10 sales, Bonhams Aston Martin auction 2019
- 1964 DB5 sports saloon, $1,097,622
- 1963 DB4 Series V convertible, $1,033,341
- 1961 DB4 Series III sports saloon, $366,681
- 1966 DB6 sports saloon, $319,013
- 1957 DB Mark III drophead coupe conversion, $293,345
- 1979 V8 Series 4 ‘Oscar India’ sports saloon, $168,673
- 1955 DB2/4 3.0-liter sports saloon, $154,006
- 1969 DBS sports saloon, $119,463
- 1952 Lagonda 2.6-litre drophead coupe, $102,670
- 2013 V12 Vantage coupe, $85,070
(Prices include buyer’s fee.)
Bonhams next motorcar auction is scheduled for June 2 to be held in conjunction with the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance in Connecticut.