On May 19th, 50 stunning cars will be exposed at Bonhams Aston Martin Sale in Newport Pagnell, Bucks. For fans of Aston Martin and James Bond, definitely will be most interesting these three vehicles with particularly fascinating histories: one that was converted to James Bond specification including skis; one that was owned by Lennox Lewis when he was World Heavyweight Boxing Champion; and one is a particularly rare production, a DB4GT Zagato Sanction II Coupe that was owned by rock star Phil Collins manager, Tony Smith.
James Bond Replica: 1985 V8 Vantage Saloon, estimated to sell for £90,000-120,000 ($144,000-191,000). The car features a Cumberland Grey body, the interior leather re-Connollised and matching black carpets fitted, while other noteworthy features include an Alpine CD stereo system, Webasto sunroof and the optional extra of ski blades. The car was purchased at Bonhams’ sale at Aston Martin Works Service in 2003 (Lot 231) by the previous owner, who commissioned AMWS to convert it into a replica of the V8 Vantage saloon that featured in winter scenes in the James Bond motion picture, ‘The Living Daylights’ starring Timothy Dalton as ’007′. Modifications include a full Vantage ’580′ upgrade of the engine (plus conversion to unleaded compatibility); installation of the five-speed manual gearbox; suspension, brake and cooling upgrades; and fitting 16″ wheels.
Lennox Lewis formerly car – a 1994 Aston Martin Virage Limited Edition Coupe, estimated to sell for £15,000-20,000 ($24,000-32,000). The car was manufactured in December 1994 and owned from new until 2005 by Heavyweight Boxing World Champion Lennox Lewis. The Virage Limited Edition was subtly re-styled in ‘wide body’ Vantage fashion and looked much like the successor V8 model, its mesh grille with ‘V’ motif excepted. The car has covered circa 33,000 miles. Sporting a deep Jewel Green metallic ,the car comes with a ‘special’ tan hide interior, and is equipped with a satellite navigation system, custom-built stereo and a stainless-steel exhaust are other noteworthy features.
Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II Coupe from 1991, estimated to sell for £1,200,000- £1,500,000 ($1,911,000-2,389,000). First owned by Tony Smith, manager of singer Phil Collins and an historic racer, the car is now offered for sale with only 4,748 miles showing on the odometer. It can hit 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds and boasts of top speed of 153mph. Specification highlights of the Sanction II cars include an engine built to 4.2-litre specification (the originals used 3.7-litre units); four-speed David Brown gearbox; limited-slip differential with 3.07:1 final drive ratio; all-disc, dual circuit braking; wishbone independent front suspension with co-axial spring/damper units and anti-roll bar; live rear axle with coil springs and double-acting telescopic dampers, located by parallel trailing links and a Watts linkage; rack-and-pinion steering; and a 35-gallon (159-litre) fuel tank. [Bonhams]