The Persuaders! Aston Martin realises world record $897,000

The Aston Martin DBS driven by Roger Moore in 1970s TV show The Persuaders! has set a new world record for the model, at Bonhams' auction at the Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, UK.

Aston Martin The Persuaders
The DBS is signed by Roger Moore and Tony Curtis

Selling on May 17, the car - in a rare Bahama Yellow colour - made £533,500 ($897,039) to become the most valuable Aston Martin DBS ever sold at auction.

The Persuaders! starred Roger Moore and Tony Curtis as a chalk and cheese team hired to solve cases outside of court. The series was cut short after Sir Roger Moore was called up to play James Bond.

The standard six-cylinder 1970 DBS was made especially for the show and Aston Martin even provided a works mechanic throughout the production, ensuring the car remained in top condition.

Moore drove a DBS while Curtis enjoyed a Ferrari Dino 246 GT

Despite its six-cylinder engine, it is fitted with the V8 badges, wheels and hubs. It's had five private owners since filming finished, with one commissioning a full and exact restoration from the Aston Martin works. This is the first time it's been offered publicly.

As a result of its stunning makeover, the DBS was one of 49 cars invited to take part in the 2013 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy, as well as having appeared at the London 2011 and 2013 Salon Prive.

The Ferrari Dino 246 GT driven by Curtis' character is believed to be in a private collection in Italy.

The top lot of the sale was a 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante, which has had only one owner since 1971 and is only of only 21 examples in existence. In original condition, the car sold for £757,500 ($1.2m).

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