World-famous classic car auction house RM Sotheby’s is celebrating the 100+ years of Aston Martin with a 1-marque auction featuring an eclectic gathering of elegant classics in Monterey, California as part of the Monterey Car Week culminating in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Highlighting the Evening with Aston Martin will be one of the last DB3S, the second Works car built — DB3S/2 — which was raced by the legendary Peter Collins at Le Mans, the British Grand Prix and the Goodwood 9 hours, and enjoyed success beyond Collins at the 1,000 km of Buenos Aires, 12 Hours of Sebring and the Mille Miglia.
“The inaugural RM Sotheby’s sales is, without question, a highlight of the Aston Martin heritage year, and it will surely establish itself as a mainstay not only of the global Aston Martin calendar but of the classic sports car collectors’ schedule,” said Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works. “I know we will witness rare and exceptional Aston Martins, such as this remarkable DB3S, find new homes with buyers around the world – underlining once again the global significance of this great British sports car company.”
The track star joins perhaps the most famous Aston Martin of all, the James Bond DB5 from the film Goldfinger, which surrounds itself with some of the finest examples of the model — a 1964 DB5 with 40 years of single ownership and offered without reserve (Est. $700,000 - $900,000), an Aston Martin Works restoration 1963 DB5 Convertible believed to be the Earls Court Motor Show car (Est. $1,350,000 - $1,500,000) and a 1965 DB5 Shooting Brake by Radford (one of 12 factory shooting brakes) with original matching-numbers engine (Est. $1,000,000 - $1,400,000).
Other cars going under the hammer include a restored 1961 DB4GT, one of only 47 right-hand-drive examples and equipped with an ex-Stirling Moss engine installed by Aston Martin (Est. $3,000,000 - $3,400,000), a concours-condition 1966 Short-Chassis Volante, one of just 37 built (Est. $1,400,000 - $1,800,000), and a pair of Zagato-bodied Aston Martin V8 models, including the last V8 Vantage Zagato built and a Vanquish Zagato Coupe.
Further information is available at www.rmsothebys.com, where you can also view a frequently-updated list of entries.