Chief Executive of Aston Martin Dr. Ulrich Bez is to auction his company Rapide at this year's annual Bonhams auction at Newport Pagnell, with all proceeds to go to charities providing aid to victims of the recent earthquakes and Tsunami in Japan. In support of the initiative, Bonhams has also waived its commission on this lot.
Dr Ulrich Bez said: "Nobody could have failed to be moved by the recent events in Japan and we at Aston Martin are no exception. After many years presence in the market and closer ties being forged with the Japanese automotive business in recent projects, we have many friends in the region and we wanted to do something to help.
"The Bonhams Aston Martin Auction seems the perfect platform to encourage the extended Aston Martin family to support this cause, so we have decided to auction my Rapide which I have used in my role as Chief Executive to represent Aston Martin at numerous events in both UK and Europe. I hope this superb car will raise a substantial amount to help make a difference."
Chassis number 'F00039' is a UK specification, right hand drive ASton Martin Rapide, built in late 2009 for the exclusive business use of Dr Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin's Chief Executive Officer since 2000. The car is specified with Concours Blue paint, with an Obsidian Black leather interior stitched in Falcon Grey and black carpets. The fascia is trimmed in walnut veneer. The Aston Martin Rapide also features heated and cooled front and rear seats, an integrated garage door opener and the rear seat entertainment system complete with twin-screen DVD system and infrared headphones.
The 2011 Bonhams Aston Martin Auction opens from 9am on Saturday 21st May at Aston Martin Works Service in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.
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