Aston Martin breaks UK sale record

Aston Martin breaks UK sale record

An Aston Martin has broken the record for the most expensive British car sold under the hammer.

The classic 1962 DB4/GT Zagato fetched £9.45 million at an auction in New York.

It exceeded the £8.8 million paid out for an iconic McLaren F1 earlier in this year.

But the sum still fell well short of the costliest world mark.

Last year one Ferrari lover successfully bid £22.8 million for a then 52-year-old 250 GTO.

Experts had predicted the Aston would command the UK's first-ever £10 million price tag.

But RM Sotheby's event could not quite reach that figure.

The winning bid was still a massive increase on the £5,470 the model cost when new, however.

The Aston was originally intended to compete in the prestigious World Sports Car Championships.

It had been hoped that it could outpace Ferrari. But the Italian manufacturer's speed gave it the advantage. So the UK carmakers sent the DB4 to another Italian - Carrozzeria Zagato - in the hope that engineers there could make it even better.

This did the trick and the model was eventually snapped up by an enthusiast. He took it to the motor show in Melbourne 50 years ago.

Another collector then assumed ownership in 1968, only for the car to be off-road for the next two decades.

A light restoration followed in 1993 and it has been successfully exhibited at Pebble Beach's Villa d'Este and other major concours events. It scooped a Best In Class trophy there eight years ago.

Five years before that it was at London's Hurlingham Club, where it won Louis Vuitton Concours' top honour.

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