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Aston Martin DB4GT 'Jet' Coupé 1960 0201L-The Aston Martin Works Sale: Aston Martin and Lagonda Motor Cars and Related Automobilia 2013-05-18

Year:
Chassis number:
0201L
Engine number:
370/0201/GT
Body number:
Unknown
The Aston Martin Works Sale: Aston Martin and Lagonda Motor Cars...
Auction House: Bonhams
Registration number:
Unknown
Sold for: £ 3.249.500

'0201L' is known to have spent some time in Beirut before relocating to the USA, remaining there for several years before being rediscovered by Aston Martin Chairman, Victor Gauntlett, in the 1980s and shipped back to the factory. Quoted in Classic & Sports Car magazine's May 2013 edition, Kingsley Riding-Felce, currently Managing Director Aston Martin Works, recalled: 'The car was in a pretty sad state. It had suffered an engine fire... The bonnet was badly burnt and rust had taken hold in the steel bodywork. Only the sills plus the front and rear aprons are aluminium. Everything else is steel so Bertone must have made tooling, which suggests that it was hoping for a production series.'Its late owner, Hans-Peter Weidmann, bought '0201L' from Victor Gauntlett while the car was undergoing total restoration to concours condition at Newport Pagnell under Kinglsey's supervision. He recalled some of the problems for C&SC: 'It was a big job because we had to make new door skins and fabricate replacement bumpers out of brass. It was quite a challenge configuring them to the body and getting the clearances right, but we wanted to keep it as original as possible. The instruments had to be redone and searching out missing switchgear in Italy proved quite a task. The Jet was very well made and clearly built to be driven. The styling isn't very Aston Martin but we never tired of looking at it.'The car has been regularly maintained by the factory since the rebuild's completion in 1988 and comes with a comprehensively illustrated album of photographs recording the restoration, together with Swiss registration papers.Following its total restoration at Works Service, the 'Jet' went on to amass an enviable collection of concours d'élegance awards including 1st in the Italian Coachwork class at Pebble Beach (1989) and 'Best in Show' at Villa D'Este and RAID Basle (both in 2001). Bertone's 'Jet' is one of very few cars summoned back to Pebble Beach, reappearing there in 1997 as part a special tribute to Aston Martin. Further 1stin- class awards have been garnered at the Hurlingham Club, AMOC Silverstone, Bagatelle Paris, Düsseldorf, Schloss Schwetzingen and New York, the most recent being awarded at Het Loo in 2007 (the Trophies from these concours successes are offered with the Car).In recent years Hans-Peter Weidmann spent more time driving this unique Gran Turismo as its maker intended. Interviewed by Octane magazine for a feature on the Aston Martin DB4 (November 2005 edition) he declared: 'It was intended to be a grand tourer and that's just what I use it for.' By that time he had driven some 35,000 miles in the car including a marathon trip from San Francisco to Vancouver, covering the 950 miles in one night! Only one fuel stop would have been necessary as the oversize (37-gallon/168-litre) tank all but fills the boot, making this a car with true continent-crossingcapability. Indeed, Octane found that, compared with the other DB4 variants, the steel-bodied Jet 'rides more smoothly, in keeping with its Continental image.'The year 2013 marks Bonhams' 14th annual auction at Works Service and we are immensely proud to have been entrusted with the sale of this most important Aston Martin. The DB4GT 'Jet', most significantly, has the unique cachet of being a one-off design by Bertone, and also is uniquely entwined with Aston Martin Works Service, which undertook its concours restoration with no expense spared. Concluding the C&SC article, Kingsley Riding-Felce said: 'Hans-Peter wouldn't want the Jet to go into storage, and we hope that the new owner will take part in this year's centenary events.'Offered for sale for the first time on almost 30 years, '0201L' embodies the precious assets of rarity, continuous history, versatile usability and superb running condition. Arguably the most desirable Aston Martin currently available, it is the perfect acquisition with which to celebrate the marque's centenary in 2013.Should the vehicle remain in the UK, local import taxes of 5% will be applied to the purchase price.£2,800,000 - 3,800,000 3,300,000 - 4,500,000Concours d'eleganceAston Martin DB4GT Bertone Jet1989 Pebble Beach, 1st in Class Italian Coachwork1991 London, Hurlingham Club, 1st in Class1991 Silverstone, Aston Martin Owners Club -1st in Class and overall winner1992 Paris, Bagatelle, 1st in Class1997 Pebble Beach, Second Invitation2001 Villa D'Este, 1st in Class and Best in Show2001 Dusseldorf, 1st in Class and Best in Show2001 Schloss, Schwetzingen, 1st in Class2001 RAID, Basel, Best in Show2005 New York, 1st in Class2007 Pebble Beach, Third Invitation2007 Holland, Het Loo, 1st in Class

Fully restored by Works Service
1960 Aston Martin DB4GT 'Jet' Coupé Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone
Chassis no. 0201L
Engine no. 370/0201/GT

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