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Little Classics News: 11 May 2016

Iconic Aston Martin DB3S Set for Bonhams Auction

1953 Aston Martin DB3S Bonhams Auction

The expected star of the show at the forthcoming Bonhams Aston Martin auction (21 May) is a 1953 Aston Martin DB3S, raced by Sir Stirling Moss, Tony Brooks, Peter Collins, Roy Salvadori and Reg Parnell. With an estimate of £6-7 million, the ex-works race car is expected to attract the attention of classic car collectors across the globe.

1953 Aston Martin DB3S Bonhams Auction Sterling Moss

“Few cars that have appeared in film can also boast an association with so many great names from the heyday of British sports car racing, but this Aston Martin DB3S does just that,” said Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Head Motoring. “Drivers who raced it include such legends as Peter Collins, Roy Salvadori, and Sir Stirling Moss, competing at world-class level in such gruelling races as the Mille Miglia, the Spa Grand Prix and the Nürburgring 1,000kms.”

1953 Aston Martin DB3S Bonhams Auction

Since Bonhams first held an Aston Martin sale in 2000, the auction has become one of the highlights of the automotive auction calendar. As in previous years, Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell will host the auction.

1953 Aston Martin DB3S Bonhams Auction

Aston Martin Works is the historic home of the iconic sports car maker, a unique facility with a remarkable automotive heritage. An approved heritage service and restoration facility as well as a new car dealership it is possible to view, purchase, service and restore cars from every era of the marque’s 103-years.

1953 Aston Martin DB3S Bonhams Auction

Aston Martin President and CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: “We are very proud of our heritage at Aston Martin so it is fascinating to hear about the histories of the cars that come up for sale at these auctions. Some of our cars have led extremely interesting lives.”

1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage Convertible

Joining the 1953 Aston Martin DB3S, which is one of only 11 works cars built for the World Sportscar Championship, is an array of other classic car icons. A 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible with an estimate of £1.5-1.6 million is listed alongside a 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage Convertible (above); one of only five right-hand-drive examples.

1968 Aston Martin DB6 ‘Mark I’ Volante

Other highlights include a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible and a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 ‘Mark I’ Volante (above), which is one of the rarest of post-war Aston Martins.

Visit: www.bonhams.com



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