2018 RM Sotheby’s London Sale (Peter Sellers’ DB4GT Announcement)

A 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT once owned by Peter Sellers will be on offer at the RM Sotheby’s London 2018 sale.

1961 Aston Martin DB4GT
Tim Scott © 2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

A 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT, which starred alongside Peter Sellers in British comedy film “The Wrong Arm of the Law” and was later owned by the actor, will be on offer at the RM Sotheby’s London 2018 classic car auction in September 2018. The Aston Martin retains its original ‘41DPX’ registration, as was used in the film.

RM Sotheby’s London 2018 Auction

RM Sotheby’s 12th annual London auction is set for 5 September 2018 at Battersea Evolution in London, UK.

Peter Sellers’ 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT

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The 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT, chassis no. 0157/R, is one of only 75 DB4GTs produced and comes with some celebrity ownership status. It starred in the 1963 comedy film “The Wrong Arm of the Law” and was subsequently owned by the celebrated British comedy actor Peter Sellers.

Driven in a memorable car chase scene by Sellers in its starring role, the 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT, chassis no. 0157/R, retains its original ‘41DPX’ registration as seen on the silver screen. According to the Aston Martin DB4GT book, Sellers—a known car enthusiast, also famed for his leading role in the “Pink Panther” film series—enjoyed driving the car so much, he bought it shortly after production concluded and maintained ownership for a brief period. Following filming, the engine was replaced with a 4.0-litre Lagonda Rapide block by the factory in March 1963.

Following Aston Martin Owners Club motorsport event participation in 1966, the DB4GT—originally delivered in Dubonnet Red before being repainted in green for its film appearance—changed hands and colours a number of times before eventually returning to England in 1998. A year later, the DB4GT underwent a full restoration, including body and chassis work as well as complete engine and gearbox rebuilds collectively worth more than £126,000. Upon completion, the car featured in the November 2003 issue of Octane magazine and has been retained by its current owner since 2004.

Aston Martin DB4GTs

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The DB4GT was built by Aston Martin as a lightweight, high-performance iteration of the standard DB4. The ‘GT’ version was constructed with lightweight aluminum metalwork, while the wheelbase was also reduced, resulting in many DB4GTs having no rear seats – though this example retains the ‘occasional seats’ in the back. The standard DB4 saw production from 1958 to 1963, with a mere 75 standard ‘GT’ models built, making this car the ultimate collector’s coup, whether a film buff or discerning Aston Martin enthusiast. The DB4 was later succeeded by the Aston Martin DB5, which would go on to laud its own film success as a car forever associated with the James Bond movie franchise.

Felix Archer, Car Specialist with RM Sotheby’s, said: “This is an historic car that simply can’t be missed. Not only is a DB4GT one of the most desirable grand touring cars of the 1960s, but it’s fitting that this particular Aston Martin, with its close ties to British cinema, should become one of our headline lots at this year’s London sale. Peter Sellers’ love of cars was undeniable—he’d owned 83 by the age of 39—and he’s been long linked with the Aston Martin brand. In addition to its on-screen past, the car is offered in stunning condition, and is a product of a glorious age of iconic British car manufacturing.”

Maarten ten Holder, Executive VP & Head of RM Sotheby’s Europe adds: “RM Sotheby’s boasts a tremendous track record for exceptional success in the sale of highly significant Aston Martins at auction. From one of the original James Bond DB5 film cars sold at the London sale in 2010, through to the record-breaking prices achieved for DBR1/1 and DB4GT “DP199” just last year in Monterey, the results clearly demonstrate not only our position as the market leader, but also a sustained appetite amongst collectors for the brand’s top tier examples. No manufacturer better encapsulates the iconic style of London in the Swinging Sixties quite like Aston Martin, an era we’ll seek to bring to life in this year’s auction atmosphere.”

Aston Martin DB4GT Prices at Auction

1960 Aston Martin DB4GT
Tim Scott Fluid Images © 2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Aston Martin DB4GT cars are rarely offered for sale at auction. RM Sotheby’s hasn’t released an estimate for the Peter Sellers car yet but the last standard DB4GT sold at public auction was a 1960 DB4GT that achieved $3.2 million at RM Sotheby’s London 2016 sale.

The 1959 Aston Martin DB4GT Protoype sold for $6,765,000 at RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2017 while a 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato achieved $14,300,000 at RM Sotheby’s New York 2015.

The 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato ‘2 VEV’ and a more standard 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT will be on offer at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on 13 July 2018.

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