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Aston Martin's DB4 is one of the great GTs of the early '60s. But which one would Sir prefer - standard Series II, short-wheelbase GT, road-racer Zagato or Bertone 'Jet' showcar Words Mark Dixon Photography Michael Bailie SEAN CONNERY HAS A LOT TO ANSWER FOR. It's said that half the world's population has seen a Bond film, and Connery's charisma is the reason why silver DB5s fetch such ludicrous prices today. On Her Majesty's Secret Service may be far superior to Goldftnger as a movie - and...

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To understand the importance ofA3onehasto learn every nuance and drink in the exquisite detailing7 THE OLDEST SURVIVING ASTON MARTIN in terms of relative significance there are few vehicles that can land quite as big a punch as this. So, it's astonishing to think that the A3 we've come to see at the headquarters of the Aston Martin Owners' Club (and its Heritage Trust) was 'discovered' just over six years ago, and made its first 'public7 appearance earlier this year (2009). The recently...

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'A3 had been conclusively proven to be the oldest surviving Aston Martin' John Lunn to find out more about the car he had just bought by private treaty, post-Goodwood. I was able to prove its provenance to his satisfaction, and when 1 asked him what were his plans, he suggested that he was going to tidy it up and use it, and then, maybe, sell it on.' For the Aston Martin historian, this was the opportunity of a lifetime. 'I suggested that I could bring him an instant profit if we could agree a...

Aston Martin Lagonda

ENGINE 5340CC V8 (standard spec), DOHC per bank, (pur dpwndraught twin-chpke Webers POWER 350bhp 6000rpm TORQUE 4001b ft 4500rpm TRANSMISSION Three-speed Chrysler Terqueflite automatic, rear-wheel drive SUSPENSION Front independent, unequal wishbones, coil springs over telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar. Rear independent, de Dion axle located by parallel trailing arms and Watts linkage, coil springs over telescopic dampers BRAKES Discs all round WEIGHT 1950kg PERFORMANCE Top speed 155mph,...

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We stock the correct radio for all classic cars and supply them fully restored with the addition of FM reception and iPod input if required If you already have a period radio we can restore and add the above options. All radios arc covered by a 12 month guarantee. Many classic car owners also enjoy other period or collectable items and we stock a large range of domestic radios, gramophones, phonographs and telephones for you to enjoy when relaxing at home email alan. vintagewireless lineone.net...

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A Comprehensive Parts Service For All Models Parts Manager - Simon Spenceley 73 Ringwood Road, Longham, Wimborne, Dorset Tel Bournemouth (01202) 574727 570413 Fax (01202) 593080 email info astonservicedorset.com www.astonservicedorset.com 73 Ringwood Road, Longham, Wimborne, Dorset Tel Bournemouth (01202) 574727 570413 Fax (01202) 593080 email info astonservicedorset.com www.astonservicedorset.com THE SOLE MANUFACTURERS AND DISTRIBUTORS OF PARTS exclusive to all Aston Martin and Lagonda cars...

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From its humble origins, through glorious race victories, James Bond and on to its current owner David Richards, the Aston Martin story is one of passion, beauty and determination Aston Martin founders Lionel Mar m (leftl and Robert Bamford sold their interests in the company early in its history. Down the years, many other owners and investors have followed their example The Italian-born 'Bert' Bertelli proved to be a talented engineer and businessman, and by 1929 had navigated the company...

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It was a disastrous race for Aston Martin. Both of the factor)' DB3S coup s were eliminated in separate incidents, while the remaining trio of open cars (including chassis DB3S 8, pictured here, and driven by Brooks Riseley-Prichard) retired through accident damage and mechanical woes. By the time the following year's running rolled around, the DB3S had reached the end of its development cycle, although Peter Collins and Paul Fr re still splashed their way to second place in a...

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As with previous Aston Martins, the temptation to tweak the Virage formula for even higher performance was strong, and the Vantage name was applied to the Virage model in 1993. Although visually alike, the Vantage body was reworked so that only the doors and roof were the same as before, giving it a more purposeful and powerful stance. Naturally though, the best changes were kept for under the bonnet, where bolted-on twin superchargers gave an enormous 550bhp. That was enough to propel this...

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THAT'S FAR TOO FAST FOR ANYONE TO RECOGNISE YOU criticised for sounding uninspiring. But it did the job. It sustained the company through yet another difficult period and was Aston's biggest seller until the V8 Vantage arrived in 2005 and started selling in enormous numbers. The introduction of a 420bhp V12 for the DB7 Vantage in 1999 increased the car's credibility massively - as Car magazine shouted on its cover 'The grand tourer reaches its peak.' The green coupe below left is the last DB7...

Of The Species

All the DB Aston Martins, from DB1 to DBS - Octane explains the continuing life cycle of a legend Words Malcolm McKay Photography Matt Howell father suffered a heart attack and within weeks David found himself in sole charge of the business. Cars and motor sport had to take a back seat for a while. Instead, the David Brown Gear Co diversified into tractors initially with Harry Ferguson and then, after Harry and David fell out, by going it alone. The outbreak of WW2 brought a big contract from...

The Living

The Living Daylights V8 Vantage looks the business. This car was used during filming and now belongs to the Cars Of The Stars museum. TIMOTHY DALTON'S portrayal of James Bond was a breath of fresh air when The Living Daylights hit the big screen in 1987. Ifs not that Roger Moore hadn't made die role his own just that he had probably outstayed his welcome by at least two films. Cubby Broccoli actually wanted Pierce Brosnan for the movie, but contractual commitments meant that it couldn't happen,...

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SPECIALIST ROAD & RACE CAP WORKSHOPS SALES Wren classics specialise in post-war Aston Martin Lagondas, but have cxpcricncc in all marques of distinction including formula single-seaters and sports racing cars. Wren classics specialise in post-war Aston Martin Lagondas, but have cxpcricncc in all marques of distinction including formula single-seaters and sports racing cars. Wc have achieved many concours and race wins, proving the high standard of our workmanship. We can also uprate any part...

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Ofticial tuel consumption tor DBS in mpg. (Manual) Urban 11 6, Lxtra-Urban 24.1, Combined 173, C02 Lmisstons 388 g km (Automatic) Urban 11.7. Lxtra-Urban 26.8. Combined 18 2, C02 Lmissions 367 g km ASTON MARTIN was founded in 1914 by two individuals who had a passion for beautiful and fast cars. Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford were based in London selling and modifying Singers from a small workshop in Heruiiker Place, Callow Street, off the Fulham Road while regularly making the 90-mile round...

At Le Mans

More than 100 Aston Martins have competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours since the 1920s, with the latest generation of LMP1 cars taking over as the great British hopefuls Words Richard Heseltine Photography George Bamford Archive pictures Jarrotts, Aston Martin to be endured, whichever side of the pitwall you're standing. As one of the last truly great motor sport classics yet to be neutered or corrupted, Les Vingt-Quatre Heures du Mans still entrances all who make the pilgrimage each June. Whether a...

Models like the DB3 proved to be a thorn in the side of Ferrari on road and track

The DB2 became not only one of Aston Martin's most successful racing cars but also one of its most popular road machines. The production DB2 met the world for the first time at the 1950 New York Motor Show, a suitably glamorous occasion. For a company that built only one car during its first five years, Aston Martin was inundated with orders for the new model following George Abecassis and Lance Macklin's fifth overall at the 1950 Le Mans 24-hour race. The three cars that raced at Le Mans were...

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London +44 10J207 937 8487 www graemehunt.com Previously Managing Director of jack Barclay, Graeme Hunt is now the proprietor of Graeme Hunt Ltd, dealing in fine Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Aston Martin cars. His workshop in Kensington, London, undertakes meticulous restoration of these handmade British marques. 'Today's customers are very discerning and they want their classic cars to be right. It's detail, detail, detail, and we pursue that to the nth degree. With...

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'The biggest headache proved to be controlling the under-bonnet temperatures, something not encountered in the much lighter traffic conditions of the 1960s' pieces to mock, it up,' says Bill. 'We were always going to have an engine tomorrow. They were having terrible problems with the rods, which were breaking. The first engine was a 4.8, then it went up to 5.4 because it had to be attractive to Americans and we wanted it as big as it could be. The decision was taken that it would go on and...

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1964 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond Movie Car Driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball Offering the World's Finest Motor Cars 44 0 20 7851 7070 1-519-352-4575 www.rmauctions.com RM AUCTIONS This 1923 Sidevalve is thought to be the oldest surviving production Aston Martin - and it's a long way from home Words amp photography William Edgar we trundle along to the accompaniment of a mechanical concerto thaf s sporadically interrupted by a lively Haaa-HAAA from he who drives. I'm squeezed...

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Kings Clifle. Peterborough. England. PES 6XN - Tel 44 1780 470460 - Fax 144 1780 471011 WITZERLAND where Teutonic efficiency meets French chic and adds a touch of Alpine beauty. Home of the world's best watches, chocolates, wealthiest banks and unique Aston Martin conversions It's true. In the fertile fields west of Berne lies Roos Engineering, the Swiss capital's principal agent for Aston Martin Lagonda, a specialist with a flourishing new-car business and...

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Service, parts amp restoration, from DB4 to the new era 1 Silver Road, Westfield Village, London W12 7SG T 0207 727 1944 F 0208 740 6244 E service astonservicelondon.com W astonservicelondon.com Aston Martin's V8 Vantage looks like a brute of a 70s supercar and has long been overshadowed by its older brethren. But It has hidden depths, as Robert Coucher is surprised to f nd out

Db3s

The DB3S was Aston Martin's first front-line racer for four seasons, starting in 35 major races and scoring 15 outright wins, 13 seconds and seven third places Words Chris Nixon Photography Michel Zumbrunn WITH THE DB3S we had at last got into the fight, so to speak. The DB3 was a desperately non-competitive car compared to the C-type Jaguars - there was no way we could get near them. But once they'd got the 3S going and found some horsepower, Astons started to win races. It was a lovely car to...

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Once a stock 5.3-litre Virage, this Aston Martin is now a 7-litre turbocharged supertourer with twice the horsepower and more than three times the torque, Could it be the fastest Aston in the world Words PaulChudecki Photography PauLHartner' tT O Jtta.fL H. T lhCLpCL 7- fltfwr- Ti tljrjj- Q-CARS DON'T come much more extreme than this. True, you'd expect any Aston Martin to be very fast - but here we're talking about well over double the standard horsepower and close to three-and-a-half times...

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It's the world's only Aston-engined Volvo and if circumstances had been only slightly different, it could have gone into production Words Malcolm McKay Photography Matt Howell THE MOST EXOTIC Aston Martins -612bhp Vantage, DB3S, the first DB4GT - pass through Roos Engineering, outside Berne in Switzerland. But which car makes proprietor Beat Roos' eyes gleam with enthusiasm, which one does he choose to drive home at the end of the day The answer may surprise you because it's a humble Volvo...

Nick Mee Of Nicholas

Nicholas Mee and Corrpany, Wellesley Avenue, London 44 101208 741 8822 www.nicholasmee.co.uk After spending 16 years as part of Aston Martin examples to be had. Travelling around the country Lagonda including a spell on its management team , we see that many V8s are now being restored. This is Nick Mee established Nicholas Mee and Company in expensive, so good cars are no longer around 50,000 1991. His team has a collective experience with Astons they are more like 90,000. The preferred model...

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SPECIFICATIONS Engine ma 3749cc all-alloy straight-six, twin overhead cams, three Weber 45DCQE4 carburettors Power 314bhp BOOOrpm Torque 27Blb ft 5400rpm l Transmission Four-speed manual, rear-wheel drive Suspension Front Independent, OP coil and wishbone, anti-roll bar, telescopic i dampers. Rear live A axle, coll and trailing links with Watt linkage, levar-arm dampers Brakes Discs all round, no servo assistance Weight 1209kg 26651b dry Performance 0-60mph 6.1sec Top speed 152mph Value Cost...

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Aston Martin Amr2

PERHAPS THAT'S ONE TOO MANY references to popular culture, but the fact is that Astons have been enlivening the fictional world ever since James Bond drove a DB Mklll in the 1959 Ian Fleming novel Goldfinger. Aston enthusiasts therefore heaved a collective sigh of relief when the Bond film, Casino Roy ale, proved a worthy backdrop for the new DBS. The car itself went into production in 2007 and has since appeared in the 2008 Bond film Quantam ofSolacc. The keyfob for the car shown above is...

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Two legendary drivers who gave Aston Martin its famous outright win at Le Mans in 1959 were reunited 50 years later. Paul Chudecki eavesdropped on the resulting conversation between Salvadori and Shelby Archive pictures Paul Chudecki Colour portrait Steve Havelock IT WAS JUST OVER 50 YEARS AGO THAT Aston Martin achieved its finest racing victor ', vanquishing the might of Ferrari in the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours. For David Brown and his team of DBRls, meticulously overseen by the legendary John...

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THE ASTON MARTIN V8 has serious presence. It looks a bit of a brute, typifying the British Bulldog breed in a well-cut suit. This 30-odd-year-old V8 in Vantage spec, with its huge bonnet bulge, tarmac-scraping front spoiler and blanked-out intake grille, seems especially pugnacious. It sits on fat, old-tech tyres mounted on sturdy, seven-inch-wide GKN alloys, while the large Cibie spot lights remember them that are frenched into the front grille command, 'Get out of my way ' Open the...

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1961 Factors' Advertisement DB-1 Limited Edition of 7 1964 Factory Advertisement DB Limited Edilion ol 7.' 1959 Factory' Advertisement DBR1 Limited Edition of 10 Photographs and signed Technical Drawings Available online at x 4 lt m, 196.50 each Adverts 29 x 42cm WWW. ASTONMARTI N .COM H E RITAG E ' .SO earn. Prices exclude VAT and local axes where applicable. amh astonmartin.com 44 011908 305530 Truth be told, the DB4GT Zagato was never really competitive in period against the all-conquering...