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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 first 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible off the line was auctioned for charity tonight.

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The United Way for Southeastern Michigan was a double beneficiary on Friday night. Proceeds from the sale of the first production 2021 Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition and the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible benefitted the charity. The winning bid for the C8 Corvette Convertible was $400,000.

The Corvette Convertible traces its roots back to the original 'Vette - the 1953 model was only available as a rag top. The modern C8 Corvette Convertible engineered the hard top to provide a quieter cabin, increased security, and a cleaner look than previous convertible designs. It can be activated at speeds u pro 30 mpg and retracts in 16 seconds.

The roof is powered by six electric motors — a Corvette first. A body-colored roof is standard, while Carbon Flash metallic-painted nacelles and roof are optional.

A divider glass window in the middle of the vehicle can be power adjusted with the top up or down. In addition to the roof, the car as the same rear spoiler used on the Stingray coupe's Z51 Performance Package, resulting in identical drag between the coupe and convertible with the top up.

The chassis was tweaked for the convertible, giving the convertible nearly the same performance as the coupe.

Like the Stingray coupe, the convertible is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible has a $68,495 starting MSRP.

Last year, Rick Hendrick, founder and CEO of Hendrick Companies, placed the winning bid for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray VIN 0001 at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. All proceeds from that sale benefitted the Detroit Children's Fund, a nonprofit focused on high-potential investments to provide Detroit school children the opportunity to receive an excellent education.

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Existing Dodge Charger and Challenger models are getting a no-cost update designed to thwart thieves.

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The Dodge Charger and Challenger are hot models. Not just hot as in good-looking. Hot as in stolen. In 2019, the Dodge Charger HEMI and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat were atop the Highway Loss Data Institute's list of vehicles most likely to be stolen. The claim rates for each model's whole-vehicle theft were more than five times the average for 2016 to 2018 models. Since then, both models have continued to see robust sales.

Dodge has announced an automotive software upgrade that is designed to made the cars less desirable to theives. Using the Dodge owner's four-digit security code, a new enhanced deterrence feature limits the vehicle's engine speed to idle (675 rpm). At idle, the engines produce approximately 2.8 horsepower and 22 lb.-ft. of torque.

2020 Dodge Charger The Dodge Charger is one of the most stolen vehicles in the U.S. Photo courtesy of Stellantis

The no-charge update is limited to Dodge Charger and Challenger models equipped with 392-cu.-in. HEMI V8 or supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engines.

"Dodge is launching a new owner-customized 'double verification' security system," said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. "When flashed into the computer of affected 2015 or newer Dodge muscle cars, the protective software will limit the engine output to less than three horsepower, foiling fast getaways and joyrides."

The software upgrade can be installed free of charge by any Dodge dealer on 2015 through 2021 model-year Dodge muscle cars. The complimentary enhancement applies second-level vehicle security encryption via Dodge's Uconnect 4C infotainment system.

"More than 150 cars are stolen every day in the United States," added Kuniskis. "For any car owner, it's terrible, it's a hassle and it's a personal violation. Though statistically rare, car thieves have targeted the high-horsepower Dodge muscle cars, and we want the Dodge 'Brotherhood' to know we're taking quick action and covering their backs."

Dodge has committed to pursuing other enhancements to vehicle-theft deterrence in order to protect owners' investments.

Dodge expects the new security feature to be available late in the second quarter of 2021.

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