It doesn’t get more brilliantly British than the Aston Martin, who for over a century have put the face of elegance on sports cars. To celebrate the utter nobility of the Aston Martin, let’s take a look at the top five most expensive models sold at auction.
5) 1963 Aston Martin DB4 ‘Series 5’ Vantage Convertible: £1,009,500
This particular car is only one of 70 DB4 Convertibles ever made, and only one of 5 RHD Series 5 with the vintage engine still intact. Its quality is as high as its performance, and its looks are only getting better with age. The styling inspiration behind the car was Milan, giving way to the sleek lines of the body, yet still recognisably British. At the Aston Martin Works Sale in 2016, this blue beauty sold for £1,009,500.
4) Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato ‘Sanction II’: £1,233,500
This car is actually a factory-approved replica, but beautiful nonetheless. The DB4GT Zagato was the first collaboration between Zagato and Aston Martin, giving way to 19 incredible models in the 1960s. A few decades later, production was relaunched, this time with 4.2L engines, independent front suspension and a live-rear axle. Don’t let its soft curves fool you though; the car reaches 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds. In 2012, Bonham’s managed to raise £1,233,500 at their Aston Martin Works Sale by selling this magnificent model at auction.
3) 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Vantage Convertible: £1,513,500
This model is only one of nine DB4 Series IV convertibles made and was originally owned by actor Sir Peter Ustinov. It is also one of the rarest post-war Aston Martins out there. When he ordered the car he ensured it had left hand drive, and included items such as an oil cooler, overdrive, detachable hardtop and chrome wire wheels. The DB4 convertible is one of the most sought-after Aston Martins by those who enjoy open-air motoring. This model has a red body with red leather interior to match, and was sold at auction by Bonham’s at the Aston Martin Works Sale in 2015 for £1,513,500.
2) 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT ‘Jet’ Coupe: £3,249,500
After 25 years of being off the market, this Jet Coupe finally hit the buying scene again in 2013 at the Bonham’s Aston Martin Works sale. The body of this car is timelessly elegant, and was even displayed on stand at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show for all bystanders to marvel at its beauty. Its engine is just as powerful as its looks, with 302 horse power and the ability to reach 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. This may be why the car is at the top of our list, selling for an astonishing £3,249,500.
1) 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 – £17,500,000
The hottest classic car of 2017 met the most prestigious car auction in the world last summer and the result was a record breaking price paid for a British manufactured car. The DBR1, has enormous historical value to it as well as being aesthetically beautiful in pristine condition. The car was raced by Sir Stirling Moss, who described it as ‘the most important Aston Martin ever produced’. The rarity also plays a factor in the price, with only 5 models being manufactured. After initially estimating the DBR1 would go under the hammer for £15 million, the DBR1 smashed this estimate at RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale last summer, where it fetched $22,500,000 (£17.5m).