ASTON MARTIN GOES FOR MORE THAN £130,000 AT BONHAMS HARROGATE SALE THAT BREAKS THE £1,000,000 MARK
A 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage sold for £131,420 at the Bonhams Harrogate Sale at the Great Yorkshire Showground yesterday (13 November).
A fierce bidding war for the car broke out between online buyers and those in the room, but it was an overseas buyer from China who prevailed.
The sports saloon, chassis number 2489/R, is described as a 'barn find' due to the fact it has not been used since the 1990s by its previous owner, a garage proprietor in the far north of Scotland. It was sold as a restoration project.
James Knight, Bonhams group motoring director, said: "The demand for Astons, and those that require extensive restoration - known as barn discoveries - is still very much evident.
"The strong result was achieved after a protracted bidding contest, with the online bidder succeeding over representation in the room."
Other highlights from the sale that totalled more than £1,000,000 and saw 91 per cent of lots sold, included a 1949 Triumph Roadster that featured in the BBC series, Bergerac, and sold for £23,000.
A 1968 Morris Minor that belonged to Sophie Rhys-Jones also went for £4,600, while a 1938 Frazer Nash TT replica exceeded expectations going for £85,500.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
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