World Record Aston Martin
A 1965 DB5 Convertible Makes €1,897,500

A rare 1965 DB5 Convertible set a new world auction record at the Bonhams Grand Palais auction in Paris on 5 February, fetching €1,897,500 (£1,430,715). A 1962 DB4 Convertible also performed well, making €1,060,000 (£750,000). The auction was the most successful Bonhams European motoring sale to date.

Synonymous with Britain - and, of course, celebrated British spies - Aston Martin has produced iconic motor cars throughout decades of manufacture, and arguably none more so than those designed in the David Brown era: the DB4 and DB5.

Introduced in 1963, the DB5 was a development of the preceding DB4. Classically proportioned, the Touring-designed body established an instantly recognizable look that would stand the marque in good stead until 1970. Only 35 DB5 convertibles were ever made in left-hand drive, making this offering a very rare find.

With only 70 produced, the 1962 DB4C was one of the rarest Aston Martin road cars of its time. It successfully combines the brand's traditional virtues of style and performance with the delights of open air motoring, and is today a most sought after and highly prized motor car.

James Knight, Group Motoring Director at Bonhams, said: 'The European motoring department at Bonhams has witnessed a tremendous start to 2015. The Paris auction has been the most successful to date, with a record-breaking price for the stunning Aston Martin DB5 Convertible, international bidding, some stunning motor cars, and a record breaking total for a motor car auction held by the Bonhams Group in continental Europe. The market is in rude health - we look forward to continuing the trend for record setting motoring auctions as the year progresses.'


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