British Barn Find Yields Blue Beauty
Imagine the surprise upon opening the barn door to discover an unrestored 1965 Aston Martin DB5 sports car. The car was purchased in the 1970s for 1,500 pounds or less than $2,400.00. It was used occasionally for about 10 years before being retired to the barn for the next 30 years!
The sports saloon has less than 50,000 miles and all original parts. The car has been cleaned up a bit plus some work done on the engine to get it fired up again. The interior is in very good, all original condition. As the photograph illustrates, the car has been well preserved.
This barn find was part of an Estate inventory after the passing of the owner. The personal representative for the Estate contacted an appraiser and auction house to assist with the appraisal and sale of the Aston Martin. The car will be sold in England in May of 2013 with a pre-sale estimate of 150,000 – 200,000 pounds or $236,000 – 314,000.
This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Aston Martin car company.
Great finds are hidden in barns, attics and garages. This story illustrates the importance of having trained appraisal and auction professionals assist in the identification, valuation and sale of tangible personal property.