19/05/2012 £1.2m DB4GT Zagato and DBS Estate star at Bonhams' 2012 Aston Martin Sale
1991 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II sold for £1.2 million, with £337,500 for the 1971 Aston Martin DBS Estate by FLM Panelcraft
In another action-packed all-Aston sale in Newport Pagnell, Bonhams sold the vast majority of the catalogue. Top-selling car was – predictably – the DB4GTZ, but one of the biggest surprises was the DBS Estate.
With the sale-opening ‘barn-find’, a 1952 DB2 Sports Saloon, realising ‘just’ £36,800, those in the saleroom were eagerly anticipating the arrival of Lot 205, the 1971 DBS Estate by FLM Panelcraft, another entry likely to supply a spectacular result.
It did not disappoint. After an opening bid of £40,000, it went all the way to an extraordinary £337,500. Auctioneer James Knight later confessed that putting an estimate on this car was tricky, with the Motor Cars team deciding on £50,000 – 70,000 but being prepared for the odd surprise.
They certainly got one - of the pleasant kind.
Other big sellers were the 1962 DB4 Vantage Convertible (£611,900), the 1963 DB5 Convertible (£488,700) and the much-admired, majestic 1975 Lagonda Series 1 7.0-Litre Saloon, which went for £337,500. The 1994 Virage Volante 6.3-Litre, formerly the property of HRH The Prince of Wales, achieved an almost estimate-doubling £119,100.
James Knight takes another bid on the sale-topping Zagato
The 1991 DB4GT Zagato Sanction II was sold to a telephone bidder for £1.23 million.