Aston Martin Works site expanded with "Heritage Showroom"
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26th April, 2013
The newly completed Heritage Showroom at Aston Martin Works in Newport
Pagnell (Buckinghamshire) England, will play host next month to a sale of Aston Martin and Lagonda cars.
The annual auction, the 14th to be held at Aston Martin Works, will take place mid-May. It has the distinction of
being the first major event to make use of the Heritage Showroom, the final stage of the major redevelopment of the
historic Aston Martin Works site.
The sale has already attracted some fascinating cars, not least a unique Aston Martin DB4GT which is expected to
realise between £2.8 and £3.8 million, as well as several ‘barn find’ cars.
The DB4GT going under the hammer is nicknamed ‘The Jet’ and was the last DB4GT off the production line at Aston Martin
Works. It is the only one of its kind with coachwork by Italian design house Bertone and made its debut at the 1961
Geneva Motor Show. It was one of the first design commissions for Giorgetto Giugiaro, who would go on to become one of
the most celebrated automotive designers of our time.
‘The Jet’ was in the hands of its recently deceased owner since 1986. He had it restored to concours condition by
Aston Martin Works, since which time it has won 12 awards, including first in class at Pebble Beach and the Hurlingham
Club, and best in show at Villa D’Este.
One of the barn finds to be offered is a 1964 DB5 coupe in original condition and with fewer than 48,000 miles on the
clock. In need of restoration after 30 years off the road, in the garage of an Aston Martin Owners Club member, the DB5
will, it is estimated, fetch between £150,000 and £200,000. Other sale highlights include a 1966 DB6 Mk I and a 1969 DB6
Kingsley Riding-Felce, Managing Director of Aston Martin Works, said: “The Bonhams sale is a keenly anticipated
annual event at Aston Martin Works, and it is more than fitting that it should be the first to make use of the fully
refurbished Olympia Building which now houses our Heritage Showroom.”
“The Heritage Showroom enables Aston Martin Works for the first time to sell heritage cars directly, allowing
clients to draw on the vast knowledge of the Works team and its experience in handling sales, on-going service and, of
course, its world-renowned restoration division. Given its proximity to the new-car showroom, it also offers buyers the
unique experience of being able to view and compare cars from every era of Aston Martin’s 100 years.”