TVR hero Peter Wheeler’s DB5 goes up for sale


A race-prepared Aston Martin DB5 that was once owned by ex-TVR boss the late Peter Wheeler is to go up for sale at Brightwells’ 28 November sale for an estimated £115-125,000.

The GT has been rolling-road tuned to produce 327bhp with 304Ib ft of torque and comes with a rollcage, a spare set of wire wheels and the original (but not fitted) rear seat.

At a guide price of £30-35,000, a 1928 Auburn Phaeton could be a bargain having previously failed to sell at another auction house, in September, when valued at £45-48,000. It is said to be in sound condition and has a long MoT.

A pair of ’70s models also caught our eye. One, a Citroën SM, combines a Maserati V6 engine with the eccentric styling from the firm’s heyday – including a fantastic interior. In need of restoration, it is estimated at £6-8000. Meanwhile, a De Tomaso Deauville offers five-seat practicality with Ford V8 performance, Ghia styling and rarity (approximately 355 were produced). Also needing light recommissioning, it is expected to make £12-14,000.

A race-ready 1966 Mini offers a rather cheaper entry to classic motor sport than the ex-Wheeler Aston. Touted as ‘freshly built’, it is fitted with a 970cc engine from an ‘S’, full roll cage, kill switches and race seats. It’s up for £8-10,000.

Other notable lots come in the form of an ex-police 1950 Ford V8-Pilot (£8-10,000), a 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 Coupé (£15-18,000) and a 1969 Rover 3500 P6 (£1000-1500).

Click here to view the sale’s full catalogue.

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