It’s a match made in British luxury heaven: the ultimate top-end English car marque, Aston Martin (www.astonmartin.com), is teaming up with the world’s largest auction house RM Sotheby’s (www.rmsothebys.com), with a view to sharing a focus on investment-quality sports cars and grand tourers.
And, the new partnership got off to an impressive start with the sale of a 1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype (lead image), driven by Lucien Bianchi and Phil Hill at Le Mans in 1963, which went under the auctioneer’s gavel at Pebble Beach for an astonishing $US21,455,000 (£16,663,444).
“What a great way to start this exciting new partnership,” said Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works of the sale. “The market for historic cars is booming so it’s vital that Aston Martin is represented by the best auction house in the business. RM Sotheby’s give us the opportunity to reach a global audience with their international clientele.”
As of 2019, RM Sotheby’s will hold an annual Aston Martin (single-marque) sale, which is widely expected to become a highlight of Monterey Car Week. Meanwhile Aston Martin’s Second Century Plan, which is delivering a new model every year for seven years, is also promising two ‘specials’ per year: certain to be enticing prospects whether emotional or financial investments (or both) rock your boat.