TVR boss' Aston smashes estimate at Brightwells


An Aston Martin DB5 that was owned by the late Peter Wheeler sold for £165,000 on the hammer at Brightwells’ 28 November sale in Leominster.

The race-prepared, but road-legal 1964 machine had been estimated to make £115-125,000.

An Alvis Speed 25 SB Saloon with bills for £100,000 – including a full restoration in 2002 and having covered only 11,000 miles since – was the second-priciest sale at £64,000.

Rounding off the top three was a Buick single-seater fitted with a 5-litre Cirrus aero engine that made £29,000.

Lots we highlighted previously included a Mercedes 220SEb Coupé (£11,500), a Rover P6 3500 (£1400) and a ‘freshly built’ racing Mini (£8600).

Demonstrating their popularity (not all of it wanted), Minis proved to be the most attractive lots of the sale with everything from (above) a restoration-ready Austin Mk1 Super De-Luxe pictured above (£1800), to a rare Mk1 automatic shown below (£4600) and a racing Mini (£5800) being snapped up by eager buyers.

The full results can be viewed on Brightwells’ website.

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