Time warp' Aston Martin goes on sale
PUBLISHED: 08:11 27 February 2013 | UPDATED: 19:51 05 April 2013
If you want the cachet of James Bond, now's your chance - but be prepared to pay!
Shell pass the half century mark next year, is in need of restoration and has even had a family of mice living under the bonnet, but this Aston Martin DB5 is expected to realise 150,000 to 200,000 at auction in Buckinghamshire.
The 1964 Sports Saloon model is in an original condition and among the treats car enthusiasts will be keen to see at the 14th annual Bonhams sale of Aston Martin and Lagonda cars at the factorys works department in Newport Pagnell on Saturday, 18 May.
It has just 48,000 miles on the clock and is being offered from a deceased estate after having spent more than 30 years in a garage.
James Bond fans will know that the DB5 was his most iconic car, and 1964 was also the year when Sean Connery was first seen in one, in Goldfinger. The latest film, Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig, sees a return of the DB5 but the movie makers were not going to risk such an asset in scenes involving explosions. So high tech 3D printers were used to make replica shells that could model for the real thing when necessary.
Just over 1,000 of the cars were produced between 1963 and 1965. It was a vehicle ahead of its time, with reclining seats, electric windows and a top speed of 145mph.
This ones most recent owner was Aston Martin Owners Club member David Ettridge. He bought it for 1,500 in 1972, which would be about 14,000 in todays money.
Mr Ettridge drove it around in the 1970s but it then remained parked in his garage from 1980. The engine had not been started since that date, as a result of which evidence of a mouse nest made of shredded newspaper can still be seen in the engine bay. However, after careful preparation, the cars engine was fired up after 30 plus years of silence with David Ettridges daughters in attendance to witness the momentous occasion.
This is definitely a car in need of some cherishing, and theres another good reason to bring it back to its gleaming past. Fully-restored examples of this type often sell for upwards of 320,000, so in every sense the car represents a rewarding restoration project for a true Aston Martin enthusiast.
James Knight, Group Motoring Director, said: The Bonhams Motor Car department has handled the sale of numerous barn-find Aston Martins over the past 15 years, but none of them has been in as good condition as this DB5. It requires restoration in the true sense of the word, restoring existing original components as opposed to replacing them. There is a growing appreciation of preserving cars to remain as original as possible, and this is an ideal candidate.
The car returns to Newport Pagnell and will be offered for sale where it was originally built. There can be no greater satisfaction for the true enthusiast than restoring a once-great motor car to its former glory, and we hope the new owner of this time-warp will preserve as much of its original integrity as possible.
Consignments for the sale are still being accepted. To discuss potential entries call the Motor Car Department on 020 7468 5801 or email email@example.com