There are rare Astons, and then there are rare Astons. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the latter. One of only 23 DB5 convertibles ever made, this particular example is one of only 9 that were built with the more powerful Vantage engine. It's had just three owners, who saw it through two comprehensive restorations, and was showcased last year at the prestigious, invitation-only Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. And now it has been sold for a record £551,500 ($833k).
Along with a 1937 Bentley featured in the Bond film "Never Say Never Again" (£221,500/$335k), a rare Lister-Jaguar (£232,500/$351k), and Kylie Minogue's Mercedes SLK (£14,950/$23k), the highly sought-after Aston helped Bonhams reach £3,707,687 ($5.6m) in sales at their annual auction during the Goodwood Festival of Speed.