Beauties and barnfinds set to star at Bonhams' Aston Martin spectacular

| 3 Apr 2012

One of the most beautiful Aston Martin one-offs will compete for attention with one of the most distinctive – and un-Aston-looking – rarities when they both come up for sale in May.

The unique FLM Panelcraft converted 19671 Aston Martin DBS Shooting Brake (lead image) has been in single ownership since 1975. Radford and FLM Panecraft had already built shooting brakes on DB5 and DB6 chassis, but this car, sold new to a Scottish laird by HR Owen, was the only DBS-based example. The long roof-rack was designed for fishing rods, but would help to make an incredible surf-wagon. Estimate is £50-70,000.

An altogether more unusual Aston – removing instead of retaining many of the trademark features – came about when Graber took on the DB2. Coincidentally, the Swiss coachbuilder's drophead coupe version of a 1954 DB2/4 sold only last year for $715,000 at Pebble Beach, and now an earlier take on a 1952 DB2 Vantage (above) is due to go under the hammer with a guide price of £260-300,000.

They are just two of a very preliminary strong lot-list already released for Bonhams' annual Aston Martin sale, which will be held at the Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell on 19 May.

Other highlights include the obligatory barnfinds, with a recently rediscovered 1955 DB2/4 dhc (below) among them (£70-90,000).

Ironically, for the lots consigned so far, the biggest money is expected for a 1991 continuation car. The £1.2-1.5million estimate for one of the four factory-built DB4GT Zagato Sanction IIs demonstrates the high regard in which these works-approved cars are held – and gives an hint at just how stratospheric the prices for the original 19 Zagatos are now.

Bonhams is still calling for entries for the sale. Click here for more info.