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Early Aston Martin DB5 leads RM Sotheby’s new single marque sale

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2019-04-08

This early Aston Martin DB5 is the first entry in the company's dedicated Aston Martin auction in Monterey on August 15.
This early Aston Martin DB5 is the first entry in the company's dedicated Aston Martin auction in Monterey on August 15 (Image: David Bush ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's)

One of the first Aston Martin DB5s ever produced will lead a sale dedicated to the British marque at RM Auctions later this year.

The classic car auction house will host a special ‘Evening of Aston Martin’ sale on August 15, during its annual flagship auction in Monterey, California.

The partnership between the two companies will celebrate the anniversary of Aston Martin’s historic 1959 win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Chassis DB5/1305/L was only the fifth Aston Martin DB5 ever produced.
Chassis DB5/1305/L was only the fifth Aston Martin DB5 ever produced (Image: David Bush ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)

The first notable entry to the sale is a remarkably early and original 1964 Aston Martin DB5, only the fifth example ever produced.

Chassis DB5/1305/L is a factory left-hand-drive example which was sold new by British Motor Car Distributors in San Francisco to the Washington Fruit & Produce Corporation.

The matching-numbers car retains its original engine and is finished in its original colours, having never been fully restored throughout its 55-year existence.

The historic car remains in superb original condition, having never ben fully restored since it rolled out of the factory in 1964.
The historic car remains in superb original condition, having never ben fully restored since it rolled out of the factory in 1964 (Image: David Bush ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)

In 1981 the current owner purchased the car off the street in Sausalito, California, and it has remained in their private collection ever since.

Carefully maintained by marque experts for almost 40 years, the DB5 now heads to auction for the very first time with an estimate of $700,000 – $900,000.

“We are honored to partner with Aston Martin as the marque’s official auction house and for what is set to be an incredible evening in Monterey,” said Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s.

The car will be offered at auction for the first time with an estimate of up to $900,000.
The car will be offered at auction for the first time with an estimate of up to $900,000 (Image: David Bush ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)

“We’re looking forward to bringing some of the world’s best Aston Martin models to the single-marque sale, and the very early, long-term ownership DB5 we’ve consigned is a fantastic example of the fresh-to-market cars that collectors can expect.”

The company currently holds the record for the three most expensive Aston Martins ever sold at auction – topped by a 1956 Aston Martin DBR1, which sold in Monterey in 2017 for $22,550,000.

RM Sotheby’s is also responsible for the sale of the world’s most valuable DB5, which sold in London back in 2010 for $4.62 million.


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