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Classic car built in 1954 which was left in a barn for 41 years is in poor condition but it’s still set to sell for a pretty penny as it’s thought to be ‘deserving of sympathetic restoration’
|A 1954 run-down Aston Martin is up for sale for £250,000
After 40 years rusting in a barn this Aston Martin looks fit for the scrapheap.
Instead the DB2/4 drophead coupe will be auctioned in London next month.
It is expected to fetch £250,000, even though fixing ripped seats and restoring the 64-year-old car, one of only 16 made, will costs tens of thousands more.
The car, which will be sold in London, has been owned by classic car collector Marvin Biren since 1962 when he paid £1,700 for it.
He used it for 15 years until a house move in 1977 meant he had to put it in storage – and it has remained there ever since.
The interior of the DB2/4 Drophead Coupé is badly damaged after decades of neglect
The dashboard remains in the exact condition it was in when the car was built in the 1950s
He has now decided it time to sell the two-seater on and has consigned it for sale with auctioneers Bonhams.
Its original paintwork has long faded and peeled away, there are large patches of rust on the front and rear and the interior is wrecked.
But because of its lack of use the Aston has only racked up 22,000 miles on the clock and surprisingly the original engine has lasted remarkable well.
|A car of the same model, in good condition, looks like this
A spokesman for Bonhams said: “Never restored, the car’s condition is the accumulation of 20 years of use and 40 years of storage, which despite first glances, it has endured extremely well.
“Its owner reports the car to be remarkably solid and undamaged underneath, and importantly it retains its original VB6J engine.
“It still carries intriguing detail features such as its owner’s manual, jack, grease gun and spark plug holder.
“With exceptional rarity and an unmatchable provenance, this is a special example of the breed, deserving of sympathetic restoration.”
The sale takes place on June 2.
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