Silverstone Auctions

Check out a unique collection of five vintage Aston Martin GTs and two owned by royals

The Aston Martin DBS is still a get, decades after it was new.

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A family of Aston Martin grand tourers will be auctioned at the Silverstone Classic Live Online Auction next weekend. Before they go up for sale, the auction house is letting you in to their garage to see the cars and learn the stories behind them.

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1991 Aston Martin Virage

1991 Aston Martin Virage

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The 1991 Virage in Suffolk Red is very striking and has just 1,010 miles from new. The Virage is a brutish car and has had just two former owners, one of whom was a titled and prominent gentleman. The vendor describes the car as "in stunning original condition" and is supplied with the original documents. Estimated at £60,000 to £70,000 this is a stunning car that has been well preserved and is in possibly unrepeatable condition.

2002 Aston Martin Vanquish

2002 Aston Martin Vanquish

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The next Aston Martin is the 2002 Vanquish supplied by JCT600 in the February of that year. Presented in the rarer colour combination of Aston Martin Racing Green with an interior of Fern Green upper trim, Parchment Lower trim and Fern Green carpeting with Parchment Alcantara headlining. This made the car stand out from the more traditional option of Bond Silver. The car comes with an extensive history file and also the very rare and fully complete glovebox mounted accessory pack. Estimated at £60,000 to £70,000 and with 18,766 miles this is a very desirable Aston Martin.

1997 Aston Martin V8 Coupe

1997 Aston Martin V8 Coupe

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The fourth car in the Generation GT collection is the 1997 V8 Coupe estimated at £60,000 to £70,000 which has been regularly maintained by Aston Works and Aston engineering and more recently by marque specialist Christian Lewis. This is one of the rarer models of the Aston Martin V8 family and is presented in one of the best colour combinations of Pentland Green with a green-piped Parchment interior.

2003 Aston Martin DB7

2003 Aston Martin DB7

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The final car of the five is the 2003 DB7 with an estimate of £20,000 to £23,000 making it a great opportunity to own a V12 grand tourer. With 40,650 miles on the clock, this car has been fully maintained by main dealers and marque specialists and comes with a history file including the factory build sheet. A lovely car in Stronsay Silver with a Pacific Blue leather interior.

1969 Aston Martin DBS

1969 Aston Martin DBS

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The first car in the collection is the wonderful 1969 DBS, a model that found fame in the James Bond films. This DBS is presented in Dubonnet Red with a tan interior. Having had just five owners the current vendor thought he used it sparingly ensured it was regularly maintained at all costs and is estimated at £70,000 to £80,000.

1997 Aston Martin Vantage V550

1997 Aston Martin Vantage V550

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Those were the cars from the Generation GT Collection, but there are others also in the sale including a very rare 1997 Vantage V550 that was bought new by the Brunei Royal family. Estimated at £220,000 to £260,000 this right-hand drive Aston Martin spent its early life in Brunei until 2017. It returned to the UK the same year, where it was fully recommissioned at no expense and is now UK registered. It is thought that only 240 of these rare cars were hand-built and this particular car comes with the rare automatic transmission. As with most cars owned by the Brunei Royal family the mileage is very low at 4,468 miles.

2004 Aston Martin Vanquish

2004 Aston Martin Vanquish

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We then have a couple of Vanquishes, one from 2004 at £60,000 to £70,000 and a 2003 example which was sold from new to the Royal Privy Purse. Who in the royal family drove it, we can only guess, but it stayed with them until 2016 and had two owners since. With only 16,709 miles, it has an interesting story to tell and is estimated at £65,000 to £75,000.

Auctions start at 11 a.m. on July 31 and August 1. Parties interested in bidding can book a private viewing appointment by contacting Silverstone Auction directly.

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The 2022 Acura TLX has the technology enabled.

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Toyota and Lexus announced that the WarnerMedia RIDE app would be coming to their models earlier this year. Now, Honda and Acura will be offering the same.

On certain Wi-Fi enabled Honda and Acura vehicles, AT&T unlimited in-car Wi-Fi users will have access to the WarnerMedia RIDE app. The app allows users to connect multiple devices in their vehicles to browse, stream and share premium content from the WarnerMedia library while on the road.

Honda and Acura vehicle owners have been able to use their on-board modem as a hot spot for connecting up to seven devices since 2017. Models compatible for the new tech include the Acura RDX (2019-present), Acura TLX (2021), and Acura MDX (2022) across all trim levels. Honda vehicles with the tech include Accord (2018-present, Touring), Odyssey (2018-present; Touring, Elite), Insight (2019-present, Touring)., Passport (2019-present; Touring, Elite)., and Pilot (2019-present; Touring, Elite, Black Edition).

The WarnerMedia RIDE App allows passengers to access 1,000+ hours of live and on-demand entertainment. The app includes hit TV shows and movies from top brands such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, TBS, TNT and TruTV, spanning animation, entertainment, news, sports and more.

WarnerMedia RIDE app The WarnerMedia RIDE app allows users to choose their own avatar.Photo courtesy of Acura

Users can set up profiles and personalize their user exerpience with an avatar from the WarnerMedia library. Profiles also ensure age-appropriate content with options for adults to restrict access to their profiles with an access code.

"Wireless connectivity and connected car services continue to be key features for customers and our long-standing relationship with AT&T continues to be one way we deliver exciting new content to Honda and Acura owners," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of North American Auto Strategy for American Honda. "Honda will continue working to enhance the in-car experience, including the capabilities of the AT&T network and access to top content with WarnerMedia RIDE."

"We're always looking for new and innovative ways to elevate the connected car experience for our customers. With WarnerMedia RIDE, we are delivering a connected experience that's perfect for journeys," said Joe Mosele, vice president, Mobility & Internet of Things, AT&T. "Our collaboration is keeping Honda and Acura owners connected wherever they travel with hours of news and entertainment for the whole family."

WarnerMedia RIDE is available now in the App Store and on Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers. WarnerMedia RIDE is included at no additional cost for existing and new unlimited subscribers.

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Motul has released a new line of lubricants for "rad" era vehicles.

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Motul has been around for 168 years, far longer than automobiles. The new Classic Line of lubricants have been specifically formulated for cars slightly newer, those that are members of the "rad" era. Motul's Classic Line features oils, detergents, and additives that the company has engineered to enhance the performance of older powertrains while offering improved protection.

Each Classic Line lubricant features an additive package with high-zinc (ZDDP) and molybdenum (moly) for reduced friction and increased power. Synthetic base oils and adapted detergent levels of each formulation are suited for metals and gasket materials that are common of the era of vehicle manufacturing. Advanced additives ensure that the lubricants meet or exceed American Petroleum Institute (API) standards.

Motul Eighties 10W30 Motul's Eighties formulation is made for forced induction engine vehicles.Photo courtesy of Motul

The Classic Line's products have high-adhesion properties that are designed to provide excellent cold flow properties to prevent engine wear during start-ups and to coat and protect engine internals and running gear during the periods of prolonged storage that collector vehicles often experience.

Motul Modern Classic Eighties 10W40 meets the needs of forced induction engines while Modern Classic Nineties 10W30 was designed for the demands of high-revving engines with more modern valvetrains. Both Modern Classic oils are the first products to offer high ZDDP and moly for "rad" era collector cars from these two decades.

To get the new 2100 Classic Oil 15W50, Motul revised its 2100 oil to better lubricate and protect naturally aspirated and forced induction engines with flat tappet cams common to the vehicles in the 1970s and beyond.

Motul Classic 10W50 Classic vehicles have different needs and their lubricants have a different formation than Eighties and Nineties branded oils.Photo courtesy of Motul

Classic Oil 20W50 is designed for hot rods, muscle cars, and collector vehicles, and uses additive packages fortified with ~1,800 ppm of ZDDP. According to Motul, this oil provides "improved protection for flat tappet or high-lift cams and high-performance engines with tighter tolerances and older elastomer gaskets; the medium detergent level also makes Classic Oil 20W50 an appropriate break-in oil for newly refurbished engines".

Straight-weight Classic Oil SAE 30 and SAE 50 are mineral monograde engine oils with low detergent levels, blended specifically for gasoline or diesel four-stroke engines generally produced before 1950.

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