Aston Martin DB5 tops sale as Royal Landie sails over estimate

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With Bond fever gripping the nation a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 made £287,528 at Historics’ Brooklands sale on 24 November.

The car spent much of its life in Australia before being shipped home and given a comprehensive mechanical restoration, a re-trim and a paint job in Silver Birch.

Keeping the ‘for Queen and country’ theme alive was a 1978 Series III Land-Rover that was commissioned for Her Majesty and sold for £28,380.

The Land-Rover has only 1892 miles on the clock and had a number of Royal features including a traffic-light command system for the driver and a retractable rear step. The 4x4 had been owned by the MoD up until now and it was unclear if the queen had ever used it, even so it still raced past its £15-18k estimate.

On a day when a number of big-money lots failed to find new homes – including a 1933 Type 35 Bugatti recreation and another 1965 DB5 – a 1968 DB6 was the second priciest lot making £133,576.

Also going to new homes were an Indian State Carriage that sold for £78,400 (horses not included) a 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 (£29,120), a 1978 Jaguar XJC 4.2 Convertible by Lynx (£14,560), a 1961 Standard Vanguard Vignale Estate (£6384) and a 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster (£60,000).

The next Historics sale will be on 9 March.

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