While Aston Martin is traditionally associated with colors like British racing green or perhaps the silver hue reminiscent of James Bond’s iconic DB5, an upcoming auction hosted by Bonhams presents a different narrative.
Set for October 8 as part of Bonhams’ forthcoming Zoute Sale in Knokke-Heist, Belgium, the collection comprises eight Aston Martins, each finished in a custom shade of orange along with a matching leather interior. These cars were specially ordered as a unified collection in 2010 by a single customer, although the reason behind the choice of this unconventional color is not disclosed in the auction listing.
Overview of the Orange Aston Martin Collection
The collection features one unit of each model from Aston Martin’s 2010 lineup. Specifically, it includes single examples of the DBS, DB9, and V8 Vantage in both coupe and convertible formats, as well as a V12 Vantage coupe and a Rapide sedan.
Under the hood, the DB9, DBS, and Rapide models are equipped with a naturally aspirated 5.9-liter V-12 engine. The V8 Vantage models feature a 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine. Aston Martin later incorporated the V-12 engine from the larger models into the Vantage lineup, resulting in the V12 Vantage. Subsequently, the DB9 and DBS were succeeded by the DB11, which itself was later replaced by the current DB12 model. The Vantage underwent a redesign in 2019, while the Rapide model has been discontinued without a direct replacement.
Vehicle Specifications and Auction Estimates
Constructed according to Swiss automotive standards, all vehicles in the collection have essentially nominal mileage, as stated in the auction details.
The pre-auction value estimates range from 40,000 to 60,000 euros (approximately $42,000 to $63,000 based on current exchange rates) for the Rapide and V8 Vantage models. The V12 Vantage coupe is anticipated to garner between 50,000 and 80,000 euros ($53,000 to $85,000), whereas the DB9 models are estimated to fetch a sum of 60,000 to 90,000 euros ($63,000 to $95,000) each.
The highest-valued vehicles in this bespoke orange collection are the DBS coupe and convertible models, with estimated selling prices ranging from 80,000 to 120,000 euros ($85,000 to $127,000) for each unit.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Aston Martin Auction
What is the unique feature of the Aston Martins in the upcoming Bonhams auction?
The unique feature of the Aston Martins in this auction is their custom orange paint along with matching leather interiors. These cars were specially commissioned as a collection by a single customer in 2010.
When and where is the auction taking place?
The auction is scheduled for October 8 and is part of Bonhams’ Zoute Sale in Knokke-Heist, Belgium.
Which Aston Martin models are included in the collection?
The collection comprises one unit of each model from Aston Martin’s 2010 lineup, including the DBS, DB9, and V8 Vantage in both coupe and convertible formats, as well as a V12 Vantage coupe and a Rapide sedan.
What engines do these Aston Martins have?
The DB9, DBS, and Rapide models are equipped with a naturally aspirated 5.9-liter V-12 engine. The V8 Vantage models feature a 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine.
What are the pre-auction estimated values for these cars?
Pre-auction estimates for the Rapide and V8 Vantage models range from 40,000 to 60,000 euros. The V12 Vantage coupe is expected to sell for between 50,000 and 80,000 euros. The DB9 models are estimated to fetch 60,000 to 90,000 euros each. The highest-valued vehicles in the collection are the DBS coupe and convertible, with estimated prices ranging from 80,000 to 120,000 euros.
Are these cars new or used?
According to the auction listing, all the cars were built to Swiss specifications and have “effectively delivery mileage,” suggesting they are essentially in near-new condition.
Why are the cars painted orange?
The cars were commissioned with a bespoke orange paint job by a single customer in 2010, although the reason for this unique color choice has not been disclosed in the auction listing.
Is there any significance to the Swiss specifications mentioned?
The cars were built to Swiss automotive standards, which means they meet specific regulatory and quality criteria. However, the exact details of what these Swiss specifications entail are not provided in the auction listing.
More about Aston Martin Auction
- Bonhams Official Website
- Aston Martin Official Website
- Zoute Sale Information Page
- Aston Martin 2010 Lineup Overview
- Guide to Aston Martin Models and Specifications
- Exchange Rate Calculator