The Aston Martin Works Service facility is located at Newport Pagnell and has specialized over the years in the restoration of all post-war Aston Martins and Lagondas.
Kingsley Riding-Felce, Aston Martin’s Director of Works Service and Parts Operations, thinks the sale is a central part of the international automotive calendar. “Year on year it has been more and more successful,” he says.
“I think it does so well because people feel like they're coming to the heritage home of Aston Martin – Works Service is a unique automotive setting and the perfect environment to host the Bonhams Auction.”
“Our ethos here is to provide a truly personal service – one where owners of old and new Aston Martins feel they can just call and talk about their cars,” adds Kingsley.
Since the first Bonhams Auction, nearly £19 million worth historic Aston Martins were sold, along with historical documents and parts. At the 2007 sale a Works Service-restored 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante was achieved at a price of £430,500, while in 2008, a 1961 DB4 GT Coupé, one of the most iconic and highly sought after Aston Martins ever made, was sold for £1,079,500.
This year, the auction features a record number of lots, exceeding 200. More than 40 cars are included, featuring a selection of Aston Martin's road and race cars from Feltham-era DB cars to a 2004 DB7 Zagato (one of 99 produced).
There are a number of key cars in the sale, including a 1962 DB4 convertible, formerly in the collection of film director Bruce Robinson, and a rare Lagonda Rapide Sports Saloon. For the first time, a high quantity of historic material from the archives of Lionel Martin, who co-founded Aston Martin with Robert Bamford in 1914, is auctioned.