Aston Jet makes millions as Rapide stuns bidders

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The one-off Aston Martin Jet made £3.2million as Bonhams recorded a 100% sale rate making £10million at its Newport Pagnell auction on 18 May.

The Bertone-styled coupé lit up the room as bids rose in £100k increments, before landing on the huge final figure – a world record for an Aston at auction. It was the first time that the car had been for sale in 25 years.

Yet more surprising was the £147,100 paid for a Lagonda Rapide four-door saloon (one of only 55 built), which had been estimated to make just £60-80,000.  

It was a sign of things to come at Bonham’s most successful Aston Martin sale yet as a trio of barnfinds – a DB4, DB5 and DB6 netted a combined total of £609,300.

Also up for grabs was a 1966 DB6 Vantage project, which made £107,900 after a flurry of bids, while a 1965 DB5 went for £320,700.

Other lots included a 1963 DB4, which more than doubled its estimate to sell for £180,700, while a restored 1965 DB5 and a 1968 DB6 Volante defied expectations to make £460,700.

Bonhams’ group motoring director James Knight said: “I really did not think we could eclipse the total achieved at this sale last year [which amassed a total of £6.5million] , but I am thrilled that – in Aston Martin’s centenary year – we have achieved just that. To sell every lot in an auction is almost unprecedented.

“When the first car lot [a 1958 DB MkIII] realised £190,000 against an estimate of £50,000, I thought this was going to be one of those special days and it was, culminating with the new world auction record set by the Jet.”

Tempering the high-end figures of some of Aston Martin’s rarest machines were cars such as a 1988 V8 that sold for £34,666, while a 2001 V12 DB7 went for just £24,000 and a 1988 ‘wedge’ Lagonda was snapped up for £36,800.

See the full results on Bonhams’ website.

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