Stories of exotic cars discovered in barns and other storage spaces after long years are popular. The trend is continuing with the sale of a rusty and all-but-forgotten white 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage for a jaw-dropping $211,000. The Aston Martin barn find was sold at Bonhams auction house in Yorkshire in a bidding war that quickly surpassed the expected $95,000.
The previous owner of this Aston Martin barn find was fittingly a garage proprietor in Scotland. The man acquired the collector car in 1981 and apparently simply stowed it away.
The DB6 Vantage has been relaxing in a barn for a few decades and was sold as-is. It is likely that the collector from China will drop an additional $100,000 to fully restore the Aston Martin, which made its shiny debut back in 1965 as one of 1,967 units created.
The 1967 Aston Martin BB6 Vantage was the follow-up to the popular DB5 from classic James Bond films.
Director of Bonhams Motoring Department, James Knight, explained the trend in the following statement: “The demand for Astons, and those that require extensive restoration – known as barn discoveries – is still very much evident. The strong result for this sale was achieved after a protracted bidding contest, with the overseas online bidder succeeding over representation in the room.”
The bidding for the barn find began at $80,000 and rose in increments of around $1,600 USD as the bidding war wore on. The battle was between a collector in the room and a bidder in China with representation in the room. In the end, the Chinese collector rolled over the competition and shelled out an extreme amount to own the slice of automotive history.
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