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Rotten Aston Martin for sale and demanding ‘labour of love’ restoration

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May 14, 2018
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It’s rusty, it’s rotten, it doesn’t run, but it’s an Aston Martin for sale and it could still set you back £60,000.

The ailing classic is going under the hammer at the Bonhams Aston Martin sale at Englefield House, Reading, on Saturday, June 2.

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Aston Martin for sale is a DB2 Sports Saloon

The barn find Aston Martin for sale is a 1951 DB2 Sports Saloon with registration number LXH 813.

Paperwork supplied with the DB2 confirms it was supplied to Brooklands of Bond Street Ltd in January 1951, possibly for use as a demonstrator.

Service work recorded includes a change of gearbox (in February 1951) and a second replacement gearbox in 1954. Second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth owners are recorded also.

The Aston Martin Owners Club Register records three 1st place finishes for ‘LXH 813’ in competitive events in 1952, the owner at that time being one J H Walton.

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Aston Martin for sale has been garaged for 50 years

LXH 813 was bought  by the current vendor in 1966 and used for approximately two years before being garaged. The car has remained garaged ever since, only moving from one garage to another.

Damage to the front of the bonnet was caused many years ago when the car was being transported from one location to another.

To facilitate movement, and to prevent them seizing, the brake shoes have been removed (these accompany the car).

The vendor believes that the engine has been converted to 3.0 litres in capacity from the original 2.6, and states that it has been fitted with a ‘Butler’ close-ratio gearbox and has Alfin brake drums all round. The radiator, which is not fitted but accompanies the vehicle, was re-cored some years ago.

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DB2 Sports Saloon in need of total loving restoration

Presented in barn find condition, this Aston Martin for sale is in need of total restoration and its pre-auction estimate is £40,000-£60,000.

This will demand a lot of time, effort and cash, but for some lucky owner with a passion for that famous badge, it is sure to be a labour of love.

Aston Martin for sale

The Cherished cars department at Adrian Flux can offer special insurance deals for classic cars and those restoring or modifying vehicles such as the Aston Martin for sale here, including laid-up cover for restoration projects and cover for parts.

If restoration isn’t your bag, there are dozens of quite pristine Aston Martins, with a pre-auction estimate in excess of £10 million, going up for sale. To select your favourite check out the Bonhams sale catalogue.

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