Aston Martin is James Bond’s car of choice, and the 20th edition of Bonham’s Aston Martin Sale this upcoming weekend will include several models that look quite familiar to fans of the iconic spy film series.
Adding to the impressive line-up is this year’s auction venue. It will take place, for the first time, at the Wormsley Estate in the Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire, about an hour outside of London. The 2,700-acre private property has been owned by the Getty family since 1985. It’s home to a world-famous cricket ground, the annual Garsington Opera festival, and serves as a setting for many television shows and films.
The most iconic of all Aston Martin cars offered at the May 19 auction is a DB5, the kind featured in Bond movies including Goldfinger, Thunderball, Goldeneye, Casino Royale, and Skyfall. The car has the classic finish of silver birch paintwork and a black leather interior, and underwent a comprehensive restoration last year. It’s estimated to sell for between £620,000 and £680,000 (US$800,000 and US$880,000).
A DBS sports saloon appeared alongside George Lazenby, who played the secret agent in the sixth Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969. Offered in the Bonhams sale is an original model from the same year, with an estimate of between £100,000 and £120,000. (None of the individual cars at the auction appeared in a Bond film.)
By the late 1980s, Timothy Dalton had taken on the role of 007, driving a V8 Vantagein the 1987 film The Living Daylights. Bonhams will offer two cars from that year, both finished in metallic “Chichester blue.”
The first, with a high estimate of £360,000, is one of only 131 genuine original ‘X-Pack’ Sports Saloons. The second is an X-Pack V8 Vantage Volante, one of only 109 ever built, which at the time was the world’s fastest convertible with a cruising speed of 150 miles per hour. It’s expected to fetch up to £350,000.
Additionally, the Bonhams sale also features three Zagato models, designed by the renowned Italian coachbuilding firm which is celebrating its centenary this year. The Carrozzeria’srelationship with Aston Martin dates back to the 1960s, with the introduction of the DB4 GT.
Overall, nearly 70 years of British automotive history will be offered at the auction, with every decade of production represented.
The top lot is a 1963 DB4 series V convertible, one of only 70 ever made. This example bears the ‘Gold Standard’ certificate of the Aston Martin Assured Provenance, a bumper-to-bumper inspection to assess the originality, condition, and historical significance of the company’s Heritage cars. It’s estimated to sell for between £680,000 and £750,000.