Bonham’s recent Bond Street Sale (May 19, 2021) was the first live auction for the UK motor car group in 2021. The auction saw strong sales with an impressive 95% sell-through rate. Topping the list of sales was a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante which sold for £425,500.

“Today’s sale was a welcome return to the live sale format and we were pleased to witness lively bidding from the saleroom as well as from online and telephone bidders. The impressive 95 percent sale rate achieved shows that there is a keen appetite for buying and selling collector’s motor cars in the capital.” 

Bonhams Motor Cars UK Head of Department, Tim Schofield.

Here is the top 10 sales from the 2021 Bond Street Sale:

Lot no.DescriptionEstimate (£)Price (£)26 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante Chassis no. DBVC/3675/R 400,000 – 500,000 425,500  17 1927 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix Two-Seater Chassis no. BC43 Engine no. 1377 300-000 – 500,000 333,500 20 1927 Bentley 3/4 ½-Liter Speed Model Sports Chassis no. HT1631  280,000 – 340,000 322,000 16 1961 AC Ace 2.6-Liter Roadster Chassis no. RSX 5006 240,000 – 280,000 287,500 28 1962 Lancia Flaminia Sport 3C 2.5-Liter Coupé Chassis No. 824.13.3311 280.000 – 340.000 281,750 15 1960 Aston Martin DB4 ‘Series V’ Sports Saloon Chassis no. DB4/266/L 180,000 – 240,000 276,000  6 1962 Aston Martin DB4 ‘Series II’ Sports Saloon Chassis no. DB4/1007/L 240,000 – 280,000 230,000 4 c. 1971 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 Vantage Sports Saloon Chassis no. DB6 MK2/4184/R 200,000 – 300,000 218,500 8 1924 Bentley 3-Liter Speed Model Tourer Chassis no. 425 200,000 – 300,000 207,000 22 1969 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupé Chassis no. 8MA 0994 200,000 – 250,000 201,250 

Here’s a look at the top 5 sales:

1. Aston Martin DB6 Volante

Estimate: £400,000 – 500,000

Sold for: £425,500 

The Aston Martin DB6 Volantes Mark 1 on offer was one of only 140 produced. Chassis 3875/R was sold new to Leslie Holt, Esq via H R Owen. On March 4, 1968, it was registered as ‘LES 1.’ 

interior of Aston Martin DB6 Volante

The order form shows that the DB6 left the factory with a black finish and matching trim.

It features a ZF five-speed manual gearbox, 3-ear hubcaps, chrome road wheels, front safety belts, power-operated aerial, and a limited-slip differential with 3.73:1 final drive ratio.

The current engine features triple Weber carburetors, meaning that the example was most likely upgraded with the Vantage specification. However, it is not known who and when the upgrade was done. 

triple weber

2. 1927 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix Two-Seater 

Estimate: £300-000 – 500,000

Sold for: £333,500

The debut of the Type 35 at the 1924 Grand Prix de l’ACF at Lyon-Givors gave little indication of the success that would follow as the factory team of five cars experienced tire troubles and they were only able to claim a 7th place finish.  

1927 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix Two-Seater

Despite the initial setback, the Type 35 in its variety of forms became one of the most successful racing cars of all time. In 1926, it won the first World Championship for Manufacturers and multiple other wins for privateers.

The most powerful variant, being the Type 35B with a 2.3-liter supercharged engine, made its first appearance in 1927 and is the embodiment of the model’s ultimate development. 

cockpit of 1927 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix Two-Seater

A UK collector assembled the Type 35B example in the 1970s using a reproduction chassis frame made by Alan Wragg, and many correct components. It was then purchased by Martin Johnson of Cumbria and, in 1986, sold to the consigner. The receipt on file shows the purchase price at £23,000

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Aston Martin Tops Bonham’s First 2021 Live Auction
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