The Aston Martin DB6 Vantage was one of the company’s most revered models recognised all over the world and associated with Britain’s swinging 1960s culture, but when it went up for sale in November 2013, Bonhams auction house simply described it as a “barn find” as the car was discovered in a barn in a remote area of northern Scotland. Stories such as this are quite frequent. Classic cars are often discovered in unlikely and forgotten places. This is usually because the owner is not aware of vehicle’s value. Why on this occasion the garage proprietor who owned the DB6 thought it wise to keep the car in such squalor has not been explained, but the car’s history shows it was last purchased in 1981 and not been used since the early 1990s. There’s denying that this is a genuine DB6 though, as the vehicle’s chassis number (2489/R) is intact, thereby identifying it as an Aston Martin without question.
When the car went up for auction in November 2013, it led to a bidding war where car fanatics from around the globe desperately tried to exceed each other for ownership. The DB6 was eventually sold for an astonishing £131,420. The 80,000-mile car is now the property of an anonymous online bidder from China. It might seem strange for so much money to be spent on such a damaged car, but this is not an issue for sports car enthusiasts who understand that the chance to purchase a classic Aston Martins is so rare that its value transcends any poor physical condition it may be in. Besides, the vehicle can be easily restored to its prior magnificence.
The sale was part of a larger auction at the Great Yorkshire Showground, which boasted an array of cars which sold for a total of over £1m. Other classic cars sold at the event included a 1949 Triumph Roadster, which was used in the production of the 1980s BBC TV series Bergerac, selling for £23,000, and a 1968 Morris Minor that was once owned by the Countess of Wessex, Sophie Rhys-Jones, which made a less spectacular £4,600. Another big shock at the auction was the auctioning of a 1938 Frazer Nash TT that sold for more than its projected amount, going for £85,500.
Aston Martin driving experiences continues to be one of Britain’s greatest motoring achievements with new models being just as admired as the classics. But one can’t help wondering how many other classic models are hiding in the barns and sheds of Rural UK. Perhaps more classics will be found soon.