Magnificent £1.5m work of art left in a pub car park!

The Aston Martin DB4 Convertible - these cars are now extremely valuable.

The Aston Martin DB4 Convertible - these cars are now extremely valuable. - Credit: Paul Jolly

Paul Jolly, classic car specialist and valuer:

One thing I always encourage classic car owners to do is use their cars and not just lock them away.

Pride of ownership is a major factor in choosing to own a classic and what better way to fluff your own feathers but to take the car out for a jaunt while the weather permits.

So, I was delighted to come across this fabulous Aston Martin DB4 Convertible being driven in Dartington.

It pulled into the pub car park and I just had to follow, mesmerised by the sheer beauty of my all-time favourite classic car.

But wait till I tell you what it is worth in a moment.

Twenty years ago, I used a classic car storage facility on a farm near Exeter for my prized Corvette Stingray but had a secret love affair with the car parked next to mine in a Carcoon, a clear protective envelope.

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These devices keep pressurised dehumidified air surrounding the car to ensure no moisture can attack the surfaces, inside or out.

This target of my passion was the same model as the incredibly rare Aston Martin I saw this week.

One day it was no longer in the storage barn and I learnt that the owner had reluctantly decided to sell it.

He could not risk using it since it had gone up from £150,000 to nearer £400,000 in just a few years.

In the early 1960s Aston was competing with the likes of Ferrari on the track but also in the showroom and you may have heard the expression ‘Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday’.

These cars were magnificent works of art and are now extremely valuable.

The car I saw today is conservatively worth £1,500,000 now and I am not sure I would park it in a pub car park unattended!

Indeed, the elderly gentleman getting into his Vauxhall Zafira nearly put a crease into the Aston’s door as he forced himself into his barge, completely oblivious to the value of this thing of utter beauty parked next door.

Raise a glass to the bravery of the owner!