Strong Aston Martin Line-Up Head To Classic Motor Show Sale

Silverstone Auction - NEC Classic Car Show

Silverstone Auctions will offer 4 great Aston Martins at Birmingham NEC in the forthcoming Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show sale 9 – 10 November 2019.

The impressive Astons will include one of the first of 49 DB2 Washboards, the iconic DB5 in Silver Birch that featured on the Royal Mail stamp, a significant and early 1984 V8 Vantage Volante and a stunning DB6.

Aston Martin DB2 Washboard

Heading the line-up is a 1950 DB2 three grilled Washboard. One of the first 49 cars built and still boasts its original paintwork of Almond Green over Dark Green. Prior to the car’s production, DB2s could be seen in competition in 1949 at Le Mans. In 1950 the car was clothed in Frank Feeley’s classic design with the three-part front grille and significant side vents giving it the nickname Washboard.

This particular car is the sixth DB2 produced and the first of the 49 cars put into production and when delivered to its first owner in Australia he took it various racetracks and the famous Rob Roy Hillclimb. The documents supplied with car detail its competition history.

In 2015 the new owner entered the car into the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance not before he did further work to ensure the car was in the most incredible condition and it paid off, the car was rewarded with third place in Class 0-1 Post War Early.

Now offered for sale at an estimated £390,000 to £450,000 this DB2 Washboard is one of the most superb cars that has been treated to such love and attention is now possibly the best in the world.

Aston Martin DB2 Washboard
One of the first and finest of 49 DB2 Washboards travels to Silverstone Auctions at the NEC

Aston Martin DB5

Associated with the James Bond films and provenance being of cardinal importance, this 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” is being offered with an estimated £580,000 to £650,000.

Owned by the MD of Guinness and Burger King UK for 14 years, it was at this time the car was returned to its original Silver Birch from Dark Blue.

In 2002 the car was sold and a replacement engine block was used to convert the car to lead-free specification. Mr Irving, the owner, wisely kept the original engine. He then sold the car in 2013.

On behalf of its new owner, the car was featured on a special edition of the Royal Mail stamps to celebrate the best in British car manufacturing. A set of these stamps is included in the extensive history file. Later that year the car was sold again to former Radio 2 Breakfast Show presenter Chris Evans and passionate classic car collector, before selling it again in 2014 to the current vendor.

Aston-Martin DB5
The actual car featured on the August 2013 Royal Mail postage stamp issue

V8 Vantage Volante

The third Aston Martin is a 1984 V8 Vantage Volante and is one of six cars to have benefited from factory engine upgrades to Vantage specification before delivery as customer special orders. The upgrade to Vantage specification on this car was carried out by Aston Martin Lagonda Special Department in January 1984 just prior to first registration. The increase in power and performance was significant and these six cars retained the slender lines of the standard Volantes without the spoilers and side skirts of the standard Vantage Volante.

Aston Martin Chairman Victor Gauntlett specified one of these six Vantage Volantes at the same time as this car was being built, they are digits apart in the chassis number order and his Cumberland Grey car went on to star in the 1987 James Bond film The Living Daylights.

Estimated at £170,000 to £190,000 this particular Aston Martin has been finished in Cumberland Grey with a cream leather interior and also benefited from the fitting of a manual ZF gearbox. It also comes with a comprehensive history file, original handbook, warranty cards and fitted luggage.

1984 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante
1984 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

DB6 Mk1 Vantage

The final Aston Martin consigned is a 1966 DB6 Mk1 Vantage estimated at £260,000 to £300,000 and has undergone a bare metal restoration in 2014 with photographic evidence to complement the work carried out. The Heritage Certificate states details of the factory fitted equipment, specifically the Vantage engine and that the car was used as a demonstrator for Eton Garages Limited. This is a stunning example of a DB6 which has been fastidiously maintained throughout its life.

Guy Lees-Milne Silverstone Auctions Manager commented:
“The NEC is a great sale for us and one that always generates a great selection of cars and these Aston Martins are a fantastic group of some of the marques most classic models.”

“We are delighted to be able to offer a collection of some of the most iconic Aston Martins.”

“All these cars are now in our care and we would welcome anyone interested in them to book a private viewing prior to the auction”

Silverstone Auctions are accepting cars for their Classic Motor Show auction on the 9th and 10th November and can be contacted on 01926 691141 or email and would be happy to talk with you and help you through the process of consigning your car, closing date is the 15th October.

On each day, the automobilia, lifestyle and watches auctions start at 11 am and the car auction starts at 2 pm. (Remembrance Sunday 10th November, the automobilia auction will begin at 11.05 am)

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