...but it just missed the record for an Aston at auction. Wait, though, because next year there will be a new official Aston Martin sale at Monterey Car Week, in conjunction with RM Sotheby's
Aston Martin has announced that it is to run an all-new official sale during Monterey Car Week in California, starting in 2019.
The new one-marque sale will be held in conjunction with RM Sotheby's, which sold the famous, one-off 1963 Aston Martin DP215 on the same day as the announcement of the new sale for a hammer price of $19,500,000 – which with buyer's premium took it to $21,455,000 – just a touch under most expensive Aston Martin ever sold.
Aston Martin had previously held an official sale at its former Newport Pagnell factory, now the HQ for its Works classic division, with Bonhams auction house, but this agreement ended last year. The Bonhams Aston Martin sale for 2018 was instead held at Englefield House during the Aston Martin Owners Club annual Concours d'Etat event.
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RM Sotheby’s has been responsible for the top-four all-time most valuable Aston Martins sold at auction (including DP215), with the 1956 DBR1/1 at Monterey 2017 for $22,550,000 becoming the most valuable British car to go under the hammer. The day after the DP215 sale the company sold the 1962 ex-Phil Hill Ferrari 250GTO Series 2 for a world record $48,405,000.
Kenneth Ahn, president, RM Sotheby’s said: 'It’s certainly an honor to join Aston Martin in celebrating a milestone anniversary of its motorsport history in 2019 and the exceptional road cars that have come to define the brand. In keeping with RM Sotheby’s record-breaking success in the sale of important Aston Martins at auction, we look forward to presenting the marque’s very best motor cars from around the world in Monterey next year, an auction setting unlike any other.'
DP215 was estimated to fetch $20,000,000 to $25,000,000 at the auction, which took place at the Monterey Conference Centre in California. It was the last of four one-off ‘Development Project’ cars, and was developed specifically for the Le Mans 24-hours race. Many count it as the most significant race car ever built by Aston Martin.
Driven by three-time Le Mans winner and Formula 1 champion Phil Hill paired with Lucien Bianchi, the car was the first to break the 300km/h barrier at Le Mans, clocking a 198.6mph on the Mulsanne Straight.
It was developed in just two months before Le Mans, having been approved by David Brown in March 1963, and was the final racing car built by the factory in the Brown era. It was ultra lightweight, and was powered by a 4.0-litre version of the DP212 engine.
Previous owners Neil and Nigel Corner restored DP215, and reunited it with the engine that was fitted when Phil Hill raced it at Le Mans.