Up until this week, I’d been navigating over to RM Auctions‘ home page about once a week to check the listings for Automobiles of London in October.
For months, the only car listed (and they’re right to make a big deal out of it) was the ex-007 ‘Stunt Car’ Aston Martin DB5. This is one of only two original cars used during filming for Goldfinger, and the only one whose whereabouts is accounted for. The ‘Star Car’, chassis DP/216/1 was stolen from a Florida airport in 1997 and hasn’t been seen since.
For the last few weeks, a few more tantalising motors have been listed as going under the hammer in Battersea – most notably a Ferrari Enzo, Lamborghini Miura SV Jota and Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing.
Happily, a few days ago I noticed the page had been updated once more, this time with what appears to be the complete listing for the auction next month.
I was amazed, although not entirely surprised, to see a plethora of Aston Martins on offer – no fewer than 18 in total, ranging from a 1935 1.5-litre LWB to a stunning 1989 V8 Zagato Volante.
Flicking through the next pages, I found more highlights: one of just eight RHD Ferrari 500 Superfast, a beautifully original Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscopo’, and a Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop Coupe by Figoni et Falaschi.
The Automobiles of London auction is now in its fourth year and I’ve got great memories from the first three. In 2007 it was meeting Mr Bernie Ecclestone, who coincidentally used to run a car dealership yards from my childhood home, and in 2008 it was watching a McLaren F1 hit £2,000,000. In 2009 I’d have to say what sticks in my mind the most is the barn find Mercedes-Benz 600 Landaulet soaring to fetch five times its estimate at more than £300,000 including commission.
If you want to find out more, or fancy coming along yourself, check out the information here.
It’s going to be a great few days south of the river.