At first sight it might appear shocking that a clapped-out car such as this would be on the market for almost a quarter of a million pounds. But the dishevelled-looking vehicle is a celebrated 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series III and will be worth three times its £220,000 price if fully restored.
Despite its appearance it remains an attractive prospect for many car enthusiasts by offering the rare chance to restore a virtually-untouched DB4. But the restoration project will cost up to £350,000 – meaning whoever buys it will have to pay at least £570,000 to return it to its former glory.
There were about 1,100 DB4 Series III cars made from 1958 to 1963 – and it is becoming tougher to find one that offers a restoration project.
The British vehicle was supplied new in July 1961 to a Robert Drummond of London, who lived in a central postcode region in the capital of SW1.
The car – to be auctioned in Buckinghamshire – was off the road in storage when bought by the unnamed current owner in 1982 as a restoration project.
Work was carried out the next year – including the engine being stripped, fully rebuilt and a new chassis fitted – but it has hardly been touched since.
The owner, who lives in the North West of England, has now decided it is time to part with the car that has not been driven in three decades.
A spokesman for auctioneers Bonhams said: ‘We are advised that the Aston is completely original and comes with all components including the original leather interior, the latter in good condition. Someone has had a go at restoring it but for whatever reason never saw the project through. It has not been on the road since the work was done. Offered for completion and sold strictly as viewed, this is a potentially most rewarding restoration project.’