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Barn find Astons up for auction

1973 Aston Martin V8

1973 Aston Martin V8

TWO exciting Aston Martin barn finds will be auctioned by Classic Car Auctions at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on Saturday March 19.

The two sleeping classics have been kept in dry storage for the past few years waiting for new owners to restore them to their former glory.

A rare 1973 Aston Martin V8, one of just 288 produced, is estimated at between £35,000 and £40,000. One of only a few manual examples produced, most Aston Martin V8s were automatic, making this car rarer still, particularly as it is one of the very last of the David Brown era.

Featuring louvered rear vents and Aston Martin Lagonda embossed cam covers, this Series III houses a 5.3-litre Weber-carburetted V8 engine. The leather interior is still in remarkably good order presented in black leather.

Also offered is the V8’s ‘son’, a 1990 Aston Martin Virage, estimated at between £20,000 and £25,000. Introduced at the Birmingham Motor Show in 1988, the Virage was Aston Martin’s replacement for the decades-old V8 models.

This second barn find Aston has been with the vendor for five years, having been originally bought as a project and has been dry stored for most of this period. Again featuring a rare manual gearbox, the car has covered a total of just 34,000 miles.

General manager of Classic Car Auctions, Guy Lees-Milne, said: “Both of these rare Aston Martins offer great potential as restoration projects. It’s unusual to find two Aston Martin barn finds in the same place and this is an amazing opportunity.”

1990 Aston Martin Virage

1990 Aston Martin Virage

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