It is one of the rarer (only 140 made) early MkI convertible versions of the first Aston to wear the Volante badge, making its debut at the London Motor Show in 1965. The car in the sale is from ’68, finished in metallic Chrome Aluminium with black Connolly leather interior and fitted with ZF five-speed manual transmission.
The car’s condition reflects the expertise of the people who have been looking after it over the past years, including Aston Martin Works – there’s an invoice from them for £100,000 for bodywork in 2012. The car is said to have covered just 1000 miles since then.
Bonhams’ Tim Schofield tells us early DB6 Volantes are among the most sought-after of David Brown-era Aston Martins, and this car’s pre-sale guide price – £700-900,000 – reflects that.
It’s the most expensive car in Bonhams’ 18th annual sale dedicated to the Aston Martin and Lagonda marques. We have singled out some more highlights from the sale, which covers 65 years of the brands, and as well as cars comprises all kinds of Aston automobilia – from brochures and badges to engine blocks and bumper overriders, as well of course as a host of things signed by racing drivers, rock stars – and assorted James Bonds…