Aston Martin Sotheby Special valued at $184,500

A 1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 known as the Sotheby Special is to auction.

It will appear at H&H Classics at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, UK on October 14.

The lot is valued at £100,000-120,000 ($153,577-184,256).

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The Aston Martin DBS V8 Sotheby Special is one of three known specimens

The model was designed by Ogle, the company responsible for the iconic Raleigh Chopper bike, and was sponsored by a tobacco company with a connection to the auction house Sotheby's.

It was shown at the 1972 Montreal Motor Show and on cult British TV show Tomorrow's World. It is currently not in operable condition, although its prototype V8 engine remains intact.

It's one of three surviving examples, one of which was commissioned by a buyer who saw the car on Tomorrow's World and had to have one.

He reportedly paid £28,750 ($44,141), a phenomenal sum considering the standard V8 sold for around £8,749 ($13,432).

H&H Classics sales director Damien Jones told the Western Morning News: "This car will certainly 'light up' our Duxford sale.

"It's a remarkable car for three reasons: its futuristic design and engineering, its very of-the-period tobacco connection and the fact that as 'barn-finds' go, this one is pretty special.

"It is a fascinating part of automotive history and we are delighted to place it back in the limelight for which it was designed."

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