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DB6 Mark 2 Volante could fetch £800,000 at auction

Published 08 May 2017

One of the rarest Aston Martin convertibles could fetch £800k when it goes under the hammer. The 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante is one of just 38 built.

The right-hand drive example was sold new to Sir John Saunders, chairman of the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) in 1970. It has had only two further owners, and is thought to have covered just 24,000 miles.

The car is one of the lots at Bonhams’ 18th annual Aston Martin sale, which takes place on Saturday, 13 May, at Aston Martin Works, Newport Pagnell. More than 40 examples from 65 years of Aston Martin and Lagonda history will be offered for sale.

One of the more eye-catching lots is a 1996 Aston Martin V8 Sportsman estate. Ordered by two Swiss brothers, the cars left the factory as standard left-hand drive V8 Coupes in July 1996, were homologated, and then returned to the factory to be modified as shooting brakes. Finished in British Racing Green with matching upholstery, it had an engine rebuild at 9626km. It is estimated to fetch as much as £350,000.

Aston Martin V8 Sportsman

1996 Aston Martin V8 Sportsman estate

Also going under the hammer is a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Mk1 that’s been uprated from Volante to Vantage Volante Specification. Estimated to fetch up to £750,000, it is one of only 140 built, and is presented in the triple black colour scheme. Having been shown in 1989 at the legendary Pebble Beach concours in California, the vehicle was later restored by marque specialist Desmond Smail and has been used sparingly since.

And a 1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante ‘X-Pack’ 7.0-Litre could make £400,000. Extensively restored and uprated, work done includes an interior retrim, a new hood, and the installing of an upgraded hi-fi and Bluetooth system. The car is a previous award winner at the Aston Martin Owners’ Club concours.

Visit the Bonhams website for more information on the auction.

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