Rare Aston Martin shooting brake to be sold at auction in California; it would be the perfect vehicle to arrive at a grouse moor in today
Today is the ‘Glorious Twelfth’ in Britain and anybody headed to a grouse moor could do worse than to turn up in “the ultimate gentleman’s express,” a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 converted to a shooting brake, that will be sold in California later this week.
Set to be offered at the Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California as part of a three day sale from 15th to 17th August by RM Sotheby’s, the Radford coachbuilt vehicle is one of just twelve ever made and one of only four left-hand drive examples. It was originally sold to a Swiss owner and has remained there with two subsequent guardians.
With an estimate of £828,000 to £1.2 million ($1 million to $1.4 million, €894,000 to €1.3 million or درهم3.7million to درهم5.1 million) today, this is a shooting brake that is said to have cost about twice the average price of an English house in 1965. It features a vast payload space of more than 40 cubic feet and is more than capable of fitting a pair of guns and all the other paraphernalia a top shot could require.
Capable of a top speed of 150 miles per hour, the original engine has been upgraded to 4.7-litres and amongst other featuers the silver birch coloured machine comes with are air horns and a power operated radio aerial.
Of this stunning yet practical car, RM Sotheby’s conclude: “The rarest DB5 variant ever made, the factory-sanctioned DB5 shooting brake is the perfect combination of elegance, luxury, and practicality. Offered with a comprehensive history, this exceptional Aston Martin is presented as beautifully as the day it left Radford for Switzerland.”