‘Ultimate Barn Find’ Aston Martin Sells For $63,000

Mar 14, 2015 10:00 AM EDT | Matt Mercuro


A recently discovered Aston Martin DBS sold for more than 43,000 pounds ($63,912.40 USD) at auction this week in central London.

The Dubonnet Rosso DBS was found in a barn in Surrey by Chris Routledge, the Managing Partner of the auction house, after sitting around for more than 30 years.

When talking about the car before the auction, Routledge called the vehicle the "ultimate barn find."

"This is the ultimate barn find and an important part of Aston Martin's history. It has been sitting in a barn since 1980 and now needs to be brought back to its former glory," said Routledge. "The windows are broken, the interior trim is missing and its rusty, but it's all there and there has been huge interest from collectors around the world."

Routledge was able to confirm that the September 1972 DBS was the last one off the line after checking the chassis number.

"A great ending to a fantastic story," he added "The car has been sold to an Aston Martin collector who is so excited about having the opportunity to restore the very last production DBS that has almost started to do the work in the auction room."

Under the hood, the car features 4.0-liter inline-six engine with an automatic transmission and has just 40,000 miles on its odometer since it wasn't on the road very long.

The auction house expected the final DBS to sell for around 25,000 and 40,000 pounds ($38,000-61,500 USD) due to its "heritage it could go for an awful lot more than that."

James Bond fans would recognize the vehicle due to its resemblance to the DBS featured in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," which starred Australian George Lazenby as Bond.

Just 787 examples were made during its production life of 1967 and 1972, according to Aston Martin's website.

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