Barn-find Aston sails over estimate

| 9 Oct 2012

This Aston Martin 1½ Litre Le Mans was the highlight of Bonhams’ Preserving the Automobile sale, held on 8 October in Philadelphia, USA. The early second-series example exceeded expectations by achieving $208,500.

The car was delivered new to Basil Dean (believed to be the accomplished film director) in July 1932.

Two years later, it was bought by a Dr Green. From there, it disappeared off the radar, reappearing only when it was advertised in the November 1952 issue of Motor Sport (below) for £325 and later in Road & Track for $2250.

The vehicle’s last known keeper was the late Nathan Clark, who acquired it in 1972, before it was re-discovered in his garage and offered for auction.

Thought to be completely original, including its paint and interior trim (minus the seats), the partially dismantled Aston was considered ripe for sympathetic preservation or a complete restoration.

Sale prices for the rest of the auction have yet to be released, but you can view the catalogue here.