2021 Silverstone auction action kicks off with Aston Martin trio
Silverstone Auctions’ first sale of the year will bring three rare Aston Martins under the hammer. The Retro Race Live Online Auction will take place on March 5-6 and the Astons are the star attractions.
A 1963 DB4 Series 5 in left-hand-drive (top) is one of just 50 such cars built before Aston Martin replaced it with the DB5. This car is one of the last off the production line and is resplendent in Aegean Blue over White Gold. It still has its original engine and gearbox numbers and an extensive history file shows it was delivered to a customer in California in June 1963. The Series 5 was only produced between September 1962 and June 1963, making it exceptionally rare. Aston aficionados will note that filming of Goldfinger was actually done using a DB4 Series 5 as the DB5 wasn’t finished at the time of shooting.
Next up is a 1969 DB6 Mk2 that has recently been fully retrimmed by Aston Martin Works. Originally finished in Celeste Blue with blue Connolly hide, the car now wears a darker blue paint hue. It comes with a five-speed ZF manual gearbox mated to its four-liter straight-six motor. Considered the ultimate iteration of the DB4/DB5/DB6 cars it features independent double wishbone front suspension and a trailing arm/beam axle rear end with Armstrong “Select-a-ride” adjustable rear shocks. All-round disc brakes sit behind wider wheels and tires than its predecessors, which in turn are housed in wider flanks.
Last but not least is a 1970 DB6 Mk2 Vantage. One of only 71 cars to be fitted with the powerful Vantage engine at the factory, it wears British Racing Green paintwork and a natural leather interior. With 330 hp the Vantage motor has three Weber carburetors replacing the pair in a standard DB6. This awesome Aston has its original five-speed manual ZF gearbox and engine, and transmission numbers are matching as they should be. This car has been a regular at concours events throughout its life, taking awards in 1979, 1985 and 1986. Having spent most of its time in the U.K. the car had an eight-year spell in the Middle East before returning to its homeland and being recommissioned by Aston Martin Works in 2018.
We’ll be keeping an eye on the auction to see just how much action there is over these amazing Astons.