This Outrageous ‘Orange Collection’ Of Aston Martins Can Now Be Yours
Orange really is the new black.
The colors perhaps most associated with Aston Martin are silver, thanks to James Bond’s DB5, and Racing Green, the hue that dresses the marque’s Formula One team. But “The Orange Collection” of Astons just might singlehandedly forge a new connection between color and marque in the brain of any bystanders.
Offered by Bonhams at its upcoming “The Zoute Sale” in the Belgian coastal town of Knokke-Heist, the octet of 2010/2011-model-year Astons are liveried in a bespoke shade of Tangerine Orange inside and out—it’s conceivable that the owner selected the striking scheme in honor of the Netherlands, given that Knokke-Heist is on the Dutch border.
The most valuable of the lot are the 2011 Aston Martin DBS Coupe and Volante convertible, which served as the automaker’s flagships in their day. The hard top version had a particularly massive pop-culture moment when it was raced—and subsequently crashed—by Daniel Craig’s James Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale. The DBS Coupe went on to enjoy a less destructive reprisal in 2008’s Quantum of Solace.
Both the Coupe and Volante are powered by an Aston-built 6.0-liter V12 engine developing 503 horsepower, enough to hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds on the way to a 190-mph top end. Expect each 2011 DBS variant to fetch between $85,000 and $130,000.
Another coupe-convertible pair, the 2011 Aston Martin DB9 Coupe and Volante, are expected to bring between $64,000 and $96,000. The DB9, which succeeded the DB7 when it was first launched in 2007, features the 5.9-liter V12 from the first-generation Vanquish, tuned to churn out 464 horsepower. New, both cars could hit 60 mph in 4.8 second before maxing out at 190 mph.
If speed is what you’re after, then the Orange Collection 2010 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Coupe the car to watch. Despite the $53,000-to-$85,000 pre-auction estimate, the V12 Vantage is the fastest of the bunch, with the same 503-hp V12 from the DBS propelling the supe to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and 190 mph flat-out. Meanwhile, a 2010 V8 Vantage Roadster, 2010 V8 Vantage Coupe, and 2010 Rapide four-door are all expected to sell for somewhere between $43,000 and $64,000.
“This is a truly incredible and bespoke offering and I envisage collectors wanting to secure the entire collection with many others trying to win a particular favourite. Whatever the outcome, the new owners will own a unique part of motoring history,” remarked Gregory Tuytens, Head of Sale at Bonhams.
Bonhams’ The Zoute Sale kicks off on October 8—click here to learn more about The Orange Collection Astons and other lots.