Chris Evans’ DB5 Is One Of Two Aston Martins Headlining The Heythrop British Marques Sale
Silverstone Auctions will be having their British Marques sale at Heythrop Park, UK, on May 11. Headlining the list of beautiful classics will be a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 and 1950 Aston Martin DB2 “Washboard”. Both vehicles have been restored to the highest standards and Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions commented, “I am really delighted to have these two extremely special Aston Martins in sale. They are both in the most stunning condition and come with significant history. I am expecting a lot of interest, they really are two very special cars.”
The DB5 is finished in the iconic Silver Birch paintwork over red Connolly interior and has been through a comprehensive restoration including an engine rebuild in 2013. Once owned by radio personality Chris Evans, this particular car also featured on a set of special edition stamps by the Royal Mail to celebrate “the best in British car manufacturing”. Equipped with a five-speed manual transmission and disc brakes all-round, this RHD example is expected to fetch between £675,000 and £750,000.
The DB2 is one of the earlier “Washboard” models, so named because of its three-piece grille. Only 49 were built before a change to a lower cost one-piece item. The slatted grilles behind each front wheel earned these cars their Washboard nickname, and this particular example is considered to be one of the very best examples left. Offered with a numbers matching Aston Martin factory data sheet, this Dark Green DB2 was subject to a four-year restoration and took third place in the Post War Sports Car class at Pebble Beach in 2015. Estimated at £475,000 to £550,000, the DB2 along with a selection of other superb classics will be put up for auction at the Silverstone event which will be held over two days on the 10–11 May.
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