An Aston Martin that has been rusting in the woods for more than 40 years could fetch $475,000 at auction.
The Aston Martin DB4 at hand is from the year 1960, and since the early 1970s it has been parked outdoors at the owner’s Massachusetts home, surrounded by trees with its wheels buried in leaves, the Daily Mail reports.
When the DB4 was operable, it could do 0-to-100 mph in less than 30 seconds, and was made to compete with sports cars like Ferraris and Maseratis.
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This classic car, which will need a full restoration, is described as “one of the most fascinating examples of these renowned GT cars to come to the market in recent years.”
It was originally owned by voice actor Dallas Williams, according to Worldwide Auctioneers, and is a “fascinating ‘Farm Find.’”
Worldwide Auctioneers in Scottsdale, Arizona, will be auctioning the vehicle on Jan. 18, and estimates the car's value at $375,000 to $475,000.
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“…This DB4 is a veritable time capsule with a remarkably preserved wood-rimmed steering wheel and personal effects found inside, retaining the wire-spoke wheels, and even the old tires, which held air when re-inflated after the car was found and its condition was professionally assessed,” the auction house states in the car’s description. "As offered, this 1961 DB4 carries fascinating history and it truly marks a wonderful find that is certain to electrify the Aston Martin faithful everywhere."
Classic Driver lists a 1961 DB4 for sale at $728,836 and a 1960 model at $852,493.
Rod Egan, , “We're delighted to be entrusted with the sale of this astonishing car, literally straight out of the woods, an amazing discovery with a fascinating history," Rod Egan, chief auctioneer at Worldwide Auctioneers, said, the Daily Mail reports.
There were around 1,200 DB4’s made between 1958 and 1963. It was later replaced by the DB5, a favorite of James Bond.
Other classic cars Worldwide Auctioneers will feature on Jan. 18 include a 1936 Alvis Silver Eagle SG Sport Tourer, 1932 Auburn Twelve Convertible Sedan, 1934 Auburn 652-Y Cabriolet and 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Couple. All of these vehicles appear to be in pristine shape, unlike the Aston Martin.