Bertone Jet at Bonhams Aston Sale

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One-of-a-kind Bertone-bodied DB4GT just one of the cars on the docket for Bonhams' Aston Martin Works sale next month.

There's no shortage of auction houses dealing in classic cars, but when an automaker selects one for its own sale on premises, it's a tremendous vote of confidence and endorsement of that auctioneer's credibility. In the case of Aston Martin, that auction house is Bonhams. Every year Bonhams holds a sale at the old Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, England. And this year's is set to help the British automaker celebrate its centenary with a mouthwatering array of classic Astons, starting with the one-off Bertone Jet.

Based on the last DB4 GT which Aston built in 1960 , the one-of-a-kind Bertone Jet was the first in a small series that extends all the way to the Jet 2 and Jet 2+2 (based on the Vanquish and Rapide, respectively) revealed at the Geneva Motor Show just last month. More angular than the Zagato design on which it was based, the shape penned by a young Giorgetto Giugiaro for Bertone debuted at the Geneva show in 1961. It has since found a home in a select few collections, and is now up for sale for the first time in 25 years after its owner passed on. It's expected to fetch about $5 million when the auction takes place on May 18.

The Bertone Jet, of course, won't be the only classic Aston up for auction at the Works sale, though: Other highlights include a fully-restored DB5, some barn-find classics in need of some TLC, a 2001 Vanquish prototype and a 1956 Lagonda saloon, along with a number of DB4s, DB5s, DB6s.

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