The Monterey Car Week casts its shadows ever more clearly ahead. This car event on the Californian Pacific coast brings together the most valuable and rarest vehicles over a full week, but also offers fans the opportunity to see normal everyday cars or the so-called ‘lemons’, unloved cars. Every year, there are also various large auctions of the most renowned auction houses like Mecums, Gooding & Co, Bonhams or RM Sotheby’s. The latter are planning the ‘Evening with Aston Martin’ for the first time on August 15th, which will focus on the various models of the British manufacturer, some of which will also go under the hammer.
Among the listed vehicles is the second DB3S ever built, which in 1953 as a works racing car with Peter Collins behind the wheel took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the British Grand Prix, the 1000 kilometers of Buenos Aires, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Mille Miglia. Today the car is an outstanding example of the brand’s motorsport history not only because of its individual history, but also because of its condition. The Aston Martin DB5 is even more famous and probably higher in the hammer price with all Q extras for the screen hero and secret agent James Bond. It is not the only DB5 at the ‘Evening with Aston Martin’. From 40 years of ownership, a 1964 model rolls up for auction, flanked by a DB5 Convertible from 1963, which at that time probably stood at the Earl’s Court Motor Show in London, as well as one of 12 Shooting Brakes commissioned by the factory at Radford with three owners in the papers so far.
Various top-class cars from other model series will also be put up for auction, for example one of 47 built right-hand drive DB4 GT, equipped with a inline six-cylinder engine, which was used by Sir Stirling Moss in the 1960s and then installed in this car by the factory. One of 37 short wheelbase DB6 Volante, built in 1966, rolls over the auction block in Concours condition.
In keeping with Zagato’s 100th anniversary, some vehicles from the long cooperation phase with Aston Martin also come under the hammer. In the 1980s, several Coupés and Convertibles were produced on the basis of the then V8 Vantage, on of each appears in the auction. RM Sotheby’s also offers a relatively new Vanquish Zagato Coupé.
Images: RM Sotheby’s, Tim Scott, David Bush, Simon Clay, Scott Pattenden, Tom Hains, Andrew Miterko, Karissa Hosek, GPL Images