Do You Want An Aston Sportsman? You'll Need More Than $433K

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth
do you want an aston sportsman you ll need more than 433k

What’s that, chum? You’re finding your Lynx Eventer to be a little, shall we say, common? Your friend the Sultan of Brunei has six Ferrari 456GT Sportwagons, courtesy of Pininfarina, and you require a competing conveyance that is both brutally subtle and subtly brutal? Well, then, you’ll need to find one of the two fellows who took delivery of an Aston Sportsman in 1996 and pry it out of his clutches.

If a recent auction result is any guide, however, you’d better have about seven hundred Krugerrands to make the deal…

Based on the 1996 V8 Coupe, which itself was a direct descendant of the 1969 Aston DBS, just two Sportsmen (Sportsmans?) were built. One of them reportedly has well over 100,000 miles on it and is in use as a near-daily driver. It’s unknown whether that was the example which went up for auction at Bonhams in September, but we do know that the estimated sale price was in excess of four hundred thousand English pounds. The highest bid turned out to be a little more modest; $432,650 was not sufficient to meet reserve.

Sports Car Market sniffed that they have doubts as to the Sportsman’s future collectibility. They may be right, but the fact is that, if you want an Aston shooting brake with eight cylinders, you have just two choices in the world. And even if it would take eight hundred grand to put it in your garage, wouldn’t it be nice to turn up your nose at the proles in their Veyrons?

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