Clocking up a new auction house record price of 414,500 euros (£344,035) on a Saturday afternoon in Champagne country was one of only 17 DB5s produced by Aston Martin in left-hand drive with Vantage engine, reports Richard Hudson-Evans.
This 76,419k two owner 1965 example of the James Bond endorsed model had been restored in 1992.
The DB5 record price was paid during the Weekend de LExcellence at the Circuit de Reims de Reims-Gueux en Champagne where, simultaneously with their Beaulieu sale in the New Forest, the French arm of the Bonhams Motor Cars Department were holding their second fixture at the historic French GP venue, where, unusually, the auction cars were driven across the block.
A Touring-bodied and seemingly well cared for 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 was acquired here for 194,500 euros (£161,435) and a 59,000m since new in 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet for 109,250 euros (£90,678).
A largely original 1970 DBS Vantage, a left hooker with manual box, another 007-driven model featured in the On Her Majestys Secret Service movie - found 103,500 euros (£85,903).
And 92,000 euros (£76,360) bought a one owner 1995 Aston Martin Vantage, the fastest ever production car on its introduction in 1993, while the same money was paid for a 2005 Ford GT with a mere 20,639k on the odometer.
The once Clay Regazzoni and Francois Mazet raced 1971 Ford Capri RS2600 attracted the required 80,500 euros (£66,815), a 1975 Citroen DS23ie Pallas 23,000 euros (£19,090), a Honda S800 Roadster 20,700 euros (£17,161), a 1972 Citroen SM 14,960 euros (£12,409) and a replicated Fiat 500 Jolly Beach Car of 1970 13,915 euros (£11,544).
Although, disappointingly - and a poignant sign of what may become increasingly belt-tightening times, I would suggest - there were only buyers for 54% of the catalogues contents, 21 cars had sold for 1,515,315 euros (£1.26m) with an average spend per car of £59,891.
39 of the 21 offered cars sold with a 54% sale rate amounting to £1,257,713 total sales including 15% buyers premium
Written by Richard Hudson-Evans