Car driven by Roger Moore's character Lord Brett Sinclair in the classic TV series
The Aston Martin DBS that featured in the British television series The Persuaders!, estimated at £350,000-550,000, will be offered at the Bonhams Aston Martin Works Sale on the 17th of May, 2014.
This famed Aston Martin was manufactured in 1970, with special modifications made specifically for its role in The Persuaders!, in which it featured prominently in almost all of the show's 24 episodes. Co-starring Roger Moore and Hollywood legend Tony Curtis, this TV series was to become the most expensive ever filmed to that time, shot in various glamorous European locales.
Both of the show's stars have autographed the car inside the boot lid – Roger Moore in 2003 and Tony Curtis in 2008 – and in each case the moment of signing was recorded.
Back in 1970, Aston Martin was invited by the producers to provide a car for Roger Moore in his role as Lord Brett Sinclair. Moore had expressed interest in the brand's DBS model, feeling it would be ideally suited to the character. With the decision made that Curtis' character was to drive a Ferrari, the cars were intended to be important elements within the show and central to much of the action.
Naturally, Aston Martin was only too happy to provide a car for such a high-profile actor and project, even providing a works mechanic throughout the production to make sure the car was always capable of performing at its best.
Since Aston Martin had so recently launched their latest DBS V8 model, it made sense that this was the car that should feature in the show. However, full production of this new V8 version had not yet got into its stride and one could not be made available in time for the start of filming. The decision was made to use a standard DBS six-cylinder engine, but build the car as a DBS V8 in all visual respects, as if wearing "make-up" for its starring TV role.
One standard DBS was at the time nearing completion on the production line, in the rare color of Bahama Yellow, and this was deemed an ideal candidate. The factory modifications were limited to V8 wheels and hubs, and V8 badging.
Fans of The Persuaders! will recall that the car always wore the personalized registration plates "BS 1" (for Brett Sinclair). However there was one scene in the episode "The Gold Napoleon" when the production team forgot to switch the plates, thereby revealing the car's real-life registration number "PPP 6H".
The Persuaders! was popular worldwide and remains so to this day with regular satellite TV re-runs. Roger Moore's DBS and Tony Curtis' Ferrari became a huge and distinctive part of the show and indeed many Aston Martin fans can trace their love of the marque back to watching the TV series in their youth.
After filming 24 episodes, Roger Moore was invited to take the role of James Bond and so The Persuaders! was concluded. By this stage, the series' DBS had covered about 5,000 miles and taken a fair amount of punishment during filming. It was returned to Aston Martin Works for servicing and then sold to its first private owner in 1971. Today, the car has had five owners in total, and has only ever changed hands via private sale without advertising, never via a dealer nor auction.
After 24 years and 70,000 miles at the hands of the first three private owners, by the mid-90s the car was looking rather the worse for wear. Its fourth owner consequently commissioned a total restoration by Aston Martin itself, requesting that the car be returned to the exact specification that had existed at the commencement of filming The Persuaders!. The car retains all its main original components and even the leather interior did not require replacement- and most notably it has been serviced every year since 1997 by Aston Martin Works engineers.
The Persuaders! DBS was one of only 49 cars worldwide (one of five Aston Martins) to be invited to participate in the 2013 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este at Lake Como, Italy. It has also participated at Salon Privè in London 2011 and 2013 and has played a key role in several Aston Martin Centenary events. To the best of the current owner's knowledge, the Persuaders! DBS had never been displayed in public prior to the Aston Martin Owners' Club Spring Concours in May 2011.
Offered on the open market for the first time in its 44 year history, the Persuaders! Aston Martin embodies the precious assets of truly iconic status, unique original specification, impeccable restoration by its own manufacturer (with whom it has also accumulated a perfect maintenance record), and superb running condition. One of the most famous and most desirable cars ever to carry the Aston Martin emblem, this sale represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a true automotive icon which is also of popular cultural significance.
The Bonhams Aston Martin Works Sale is held annually at the factory in Newport Pagnell, and is now in its 15th year. Last year's sale achieved a 100% sold rate and a record total of £10 million.
Fri Aug 09 2013 17:08:22 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Tim Kuniskis of Fiat North America stops by the garage to test drive the Abarth with Jay. This "wicked cousin" to the 500 packs 160 hp in its 1.4 liter turbo engine, gets 34/28 mpg, and for you fashionistas, comes in both Gucci and Tributo Maserati versions.
Check out the Official Jay Leno's Garage Site for more:
Thu Aug 01 2013 13:22:28 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Looks like to be one of the 12 Fantuzzi dino spyders,stalled restoration. Has been sitting from the 80's.
All aluminium body with correct tubular chassis.
Full suspension,rack and pinion
Correct gauges,ignition lock with keys
Correct hubs with knockoffs
v6 Dino engine block and oil pan
Has 2 seats,boxes of parts with mufflers,templets,distributor etc.
Dual coil over rear end with inboard brakes
No title or any other documentation,just bill of sale.
Will sell worldwide
Buyer pays and handles shipping,I can recommend a few companies I used before.
Car will not leave until payment has cleared,cash in person or bank to bank wire transfer.
Please ask if you got any questions before you bid.
Car is sold as is ,where is ,no warranty.
Welcome to come by and inspect the vehicle.
1000$ immediate non refundable deposit required through Paypal at the end of auction.
Non paying bidders will be reported.
I prefer calls,but will answer all questions in a timely manner(same day) in regards the car.
Please call 8l8-3l0-l866
Car is located zip 91345 Mission Hills CA,this is Los Angeles area not San Diego or Norcal.
Havana, Cuba May 2002. Several cars painted by Cuban artists are on the streets of Havana, Pinar del Rio, and the Varadero, Matanzas international beach resort as part of a program to educate people on fine arts.
The project was started by famous Cuban painters Roberto Fabelo, Zaida del Rio, Eduardo Roca "Choco", Manuel Lopez Oliva, Alexis Leiva "Kcho" and Max Delgado, commented National Fine Arts Council officials.
The cars exhibit the work of these artists who plan to include a bus and a train in their Art on Wheels Program whereby the general population will have access to an artistic expression often considered exclusive.
Cuban Traffic authorities granted special permission for these cars to circulate freely, despite a regulation stipulating that the color of a car must coincide with the one on its registration papers.
Sat Jun 08 2013 02:08:35 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Motion Maco Shark Corvette at Zandvort GP track in Holland. Martyn Schorr shot this in 1978 at the Swiss Corvette Club International's Euro-Meet. Shark was built on a barge in Germany using kit from Motion Performance!
Tue Jun 04 2013 22:43:15 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
"There's nothing nice about a 427 Cobra. It's stripped down to the essentials - a big engine, a small car, and four tires trying to keep the whole business on the pavement. It's loud, it smells like gasoline, and it shakes and bucks. It makes your arms tired and your feet hot. You nearly crash about once every ten minutes. It's so damn wonderful that you can't believe it!" - Dan Gurney
British manufacturer AC had, in its Ace model, created a sophisticated little sports car. It was aluminum bodied and light, and its suspension and chassis were well-tuned for spirited driving. However, when AC's lost its engine supplier, it appeared the Ace was doomed. Enter Carroll Shelby, the recently-retired American race driver.
Shelby had always wanted to build his own car, and approached AC with an attractive proposal. The venerable Cobra was born. Bodies were built in the UK and shipped to Southern California for assembly and drivetrain installation. The cars first utilized 260ci engines, then 289ci. Finally, in Shelby's quest for speed and power, Ford's 520 horsepower 427ci V-8 engine was employed. To accommodate the big mill, AC had to redesign its chassis with a longer wheelbase and wishbone/coil spring suspension. The combination proved to be just what was needed for better handling, and the rest is history. The 427 Cobra went on to tremendous racing success, and legendary status in the minds of enthusiasts everywhere.
Our cover car, chassis CSX 3112 is a true 427 Street Cobra. It was unmodified for nearly 50 years before undergoing a ground-up restoration that was completed in 2004. Later that same year, the car received a Gold Award for excellence by the Shelby American Automobile Club. It is a shining example of an iconic vehicle, and we're happy to be able to share it with you.
Sat May 25 2013 02:08:44 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Steam punk is brilliant concept; this means that the most ultimate car created by Camaro has been steampunked into a fantastic looking car that has the modern lines of the car that can be bought in the showroom, but at the time has been given the steam punk effect.
Fri Feb 08 2013 23:03:37 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Although crowds gathered around new reveals such as the 2014 Toyota Tundra, or not-so-new-anymore cars like the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, oddball cars parked in the nooks and crannies of the show-floor drew in smaller crowds with their weird appeal. Below are a few weird cars we saw up in Chi Town.
Based off a character in a new DreamWorks movie coming out this summer, the 2013 Turbo Camaro Coupe is pure exaggeration. Outfitted with lower rockers, fender flares, front splitter, and rear diffuser, the black Camaro coupe wears a vinyl chrome wrap that’s tinted dark to look like black chrome. Custom front LED lights illuminate in different colors, and huge black wheels add even more impact, with the fronts measuring 24 by 10 inches, and the rear wheels 24 by 15 inches. Powering the beast is a supercharged V-8 that puts out north of a claimed 700 hp. Other features include a custom intake assembly for supercharger housing and a custom COPO hood assembly. Around back, rear exhaust pipes are five inches in diameter, while a huge GT concept rear wing spoiler blocks any type of rear visibility (we suppose).
The Camaros didn’t stop there, as the 2013 Camaro Hot Wheels Special Edition that first appeared at SEMA gleamed in a vibrant metallic blue paint and red-lined wheels. Available early this year, consumers pick their poison between 2LT V-6 and 2SS V-8 Camaro coupes and convertibles. The special-edition car includes a ZL1 rear spoiler on coupes, ZL1 front upper grille on both body styles, a ground effects package, black 21-inch wheels, fender flame graphics, Hot Wheels grille, and decklid logos. Inside, red-and-black seat stitching and the Hot Wheels logo are embroidered on the leather-trimmed front seat, and Hot Wheels Edition flame decals are affixed to the doors.
Promoting a new show called “Defiance” on the Syfy channel was a weathered Dodge Charger has seen better days. Equipped with a grille guard, window bars, and big truck tires, the sedan screams “wash me.” There weren’t many details on the Charger, but you can see more when the series premieres on SyFy in April.
Trampling over dead zombies, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine also blew into the Windy City from Comic-Con. Modifications include a spiked, zombie plow cow catcher up front, slatted armored window coverings, and a sunroof hatch cage to shoot at zombies. An electric rear trunk allows easy access to weapons, while a CB radio/PA system is used to communicate with others. Chunky offroad tires allow for go-anywhere access.
Fri Feb 08 2013 23:24:44 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
The Lexus LFA features a V10 engine and a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer body. CFRP materials account for 65 percent of the LFA's body composition by mass. The LFA went into production in late 2010, with a base price of US$375,000. A circuit-tuned variant debuted in 2012 with a base price of $445,000, making it the most expensive Japanese road car ever built.
Fri Jan 11 2013 14:56:20 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
The Carrera RS, a 900 kg lightweight Porsche 911, initially delivered 300 bhp from 2.8 litre capacity in the racing version of the RSR, later 310 bhp from 3 litre. It won three international and seven national championships in its first season.
The Carrera RSR began its career at the 24 hours race in Daytona/Florida, and it started very convincingly. The RSR entrusted to the American private team Gregg/Haywood for this endurance test won unchallenged ahead of the prototypes, which were superior with regards to general performance, from Ferrari, Matra and Mirage-Ford.
The Porsche Carrera RSR soon dominated in its own category, the Grand Tourisme class. The races surrounding the GT European Championships turned into a Porsche festival in 1973. These "Elevens" wrote sporting history: Anything that was for the taking in 1973 and later still in the GT class was won by the RS and RSR. Whether on the racing circuit or on the rally track, it was always the "Elevens" with their characteristic tail, which were the ones to beat.
Wed Dec 19 2012 23:30:41 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Rare, historic footage of the first ever NHRA national event in 1955, taken before the event was rained out. The footage includes cars campaigned by Art Chrisman, Art Arfons, Edelbrock, Offenhauser, and other legends of racing.
Sat Dec 01 2012 21:31:38 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
On this episode of Roadkill, HOT ROD's David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan spend 24 crazy hours with a 1930 Model A Rat Rod and a 2012 Lamborghini Aventador to find out which wildly impractical, larger-than-life car attracts the most attention.
Thu Nov 29 2012 15:29:53 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
This 1931 Ford Model 68B cabriolet convertible couple is an extremely scarce Montana mail carrier car ready to find a home in a private collection or museum. The car is one of two custom-built in Glendive, Montana in 1941 in order to maneuver in deep snow drifts. The oversized wide tires accomplished floatation and enabled the mail car to drive over deep snow. Much special work went into modifying the fenders and chassis to fit the 24" rims with 11.2" X 24" Goodyear diamond tread tractor tires. The car uses a Model TT truck differential which is geared lower to work with the oversized tires. The body is excellent and the car runs and drives. This is truly a one-of-a-kind time capsule survivor car and a must for any private collector or museum that desires to own very unique vehicles. Please call Steve Murphy at (406) 565-5277 for details about this unique vintage all-original 31 A Cabriolet mail carrier car. For sale $58,000.