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The wedding of the year may be over, but you can still drive around like a royal. It’s not the actual car that William and Kate rode around in after they were married, but you can buy the next best thing. Two Aston Martin DB6 convertibles similar to the one owned by Prince Charles will be hitting the auction block.
Set to take place on May 21 at Aston Martin’s factory at Newport Pagnell, U.K., each of the DB6′s will set you back about £250,000 (US$411,000). If you’re really hankering for one, be warned: you’re up against some tough competition. “At least two billionaires have been buying Aston Martins aggressively over the last three or four years,” said Dietrich Hatlapa, founder of Historic Automobile Group International (HAGI), a London-based research company. “The royal wedding confirmed the car as a British institution, though it’s difficult to quantify what effect that will have.”
Also on the auction block with be a few Bond mementos. You can buy a replica of the DBS that George Lazenby drove in the 1969 film, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”(a steal at £70,000). There’s also a V8 Volante convertible that Timothy Dalton drove in 1987’s “The Living Daylights” (estimated to go for £100,000).
If you are a huge fan of the 1980′s British band Duran Duran, then we might have the ultimate fan collectible item for you. No its not some sweaty t-shirt or an autographed poster, but a very rare car.
The car in question is the very rare 1989 Aston Martin V8 Zagato Volante, and it was originally ordered by Simon LeBon, the lead singer of Duran Duran.
The Zagato Volante is one of the most collectible cars in the world, and since only 37 were ever made, their prices are likely to only go up with time. Having a previous celebrity owner doesn’t hurt this cars cred either.
This particular car features a 5.3-liter, V8 motor, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, and since its birth has covered just 3000-miles. It also comes with a full service history courtesy of Aston Martin, so it probably is one of the nicest examples of this model available anywhere.
So if you have the necessary £99,950 ($162,000) and an old Duran Duran cassette, you can sing along to Rio in a genuine piece of automotive and rock and roll history.
[Source: Nicholas Mee]