When it comes to classic cars, provenance is of cardinal importance and none more so than an extremely special 1965 Aston Martin DB5, which was ‘the exact‘ car featured by the Royal Mail on a special edition of stamps produced to celebrate “the best in British car manufacturing”.
This particular British icon is one of a dynamic Aston pairing being offered by Silverstone Auctions at their forthcoming British Marques May sale at Heythrop Park on the 11th May.
Both cars are in immaculate condition with detailed and sympathetic restoration being given to each vehicle.
Synonymous with James Bond, the now famous DB5 has become one of the most desirable classics for any serious collector to acquire.
This particular right-hand-drive manual car is dressed in the iconic Silver Birch and boasts original red Connolly hide seats and factory head-restraints. A full engine rebuild only 5 years previously makes the Aston ready for any action that may be thrown in its opulent direction.
Provenance reaches further with a previous keeper named as Radio 2 breakfast show presenter Chris Evans listed in its impressive history file.
The car is now presented for auction by the current owner estimated at £675,000 to £750,000.
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DB2 Aston Martin
The second of the Aston pairing is a DB2, famous for competing at Le Mans in 1949 before they became available as a road going version.
This particular 1950 Aston Martin DB2 Washboard offered for sale is 1 of just 49 cars produced with the three-part grille before it was replaced on later cars by a one-piece grille on costs grounds. The slatted vent behind each of front wheel gave rise to the “Washboard” nickname and the creation of The Washboard Register for this type of car.
Delivered new to Australia in December 1950, the car underwent a four-year restoration to factory specification by Woodham Mortimer. It comes with numbers matching Aston’s factory data sheet and still in its original Almond Green over Dark Green paint.
In 2015 the car took third place in the Post War Sports Cars class at the world’s most prestigious Concours, Pebble Beach.
Estimated at £475,000 to £550,000 this is an important car and possibly the best DB2 in the world.
Nick Whale, Managing Director of Silverstone Auctions commented:
“I am really delighted to have these two extremely special Aston Martins in our British Marques sale at Heythrop Park on the 11th May.”
“They are both in the most stunning condition and come with a significant history. I am expecting a lot of interest, they really are two very special cars”
Arwel Richards, Auction Manager for the Heythrop sale commented:
“We have some really fabulous cars coming to auction and I am delighted to confirm these two fine Aston Martins will headline our British Marques May sale.”
10th May The Heythrop Classic Car Sale – Heythrop Park
11th May A Sale of British Marques – Heythrop Park
27th & 28th July The Silverstone Classic Sale – Silverstone
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22nd September The Porsche Sale – Dallas Burston Polo Club
9th & 10th November NEC Classic Motor Show Sale – NEC Birmingham