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Lost Aston Martin found after 30 years (copyright image)

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9th September, 2010

A ‘lost’ 1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII drophead, originally the property of former Aston Martin owner David Brown, which has spent the last 30 years hidden beneath a tarpaulin, sold for over £206,000 (GBP) – more than twice its top estimate – at Barons British Heritage sale at Sandown Park (England) on 7th September.

This extremely rare machine - now a rolling restoration project - emerged after three decades to present collectors with an extraordinary opportunity to acquire and restore a true piece of British motoring history, a vehicle originally owned by the man whose initials were given to the legendary Aston Martin ‘DB‘ models. Interest in the car came from around the world, and bidding rapidly exceeded the £80,000-£100,000 guide price. When the hammer finally fell, the successful bidder, a private British collector, paid £206,866 (including premium).

“It was an amazing lot that attracted a huge amount of attention and exceeded all expectations,” said Barons’ Managing Director, Laurence Sayers Gillan.

Anther notable result from the auction included ‘KUU 333D’, the actual 1966 Lotus Cortina used by Corgi Toys as the basis for its popular Corgi Classics model, which achieved £40,250. Fittingly, the buyer also acquired one of the Corgi models of his new car in the same lot.


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