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Were not a 1 ited world, ' in with our a Gulliford is to buy a 19 annual audi orks in 2004 In order to use his newly-acquired Aston Martin DB2 4 as often as possible, one owner commissioned a clever five-speed gearbox conversion that transformed the car Words Paul Chudecki Photography Ian Dawson 'I went to bid for an old brochure or an interesting part, but then I saw this car,' explains the 47-year-old retired marketing consultant, who also owns a DB9 and a Sunbeam Tiger. 'It had over...

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...

Graeme Hunt Of Graeme Hunt

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...

Austinhealey100m Le Mans

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...

The Unique Worldwide Club For

Aston Martin Owners Club Drayton St Leonard, OXI0 7BG United Kingdom Tel 01865 400400 hqstaff amoc.org Aston Martin Heritage Specialist Full Service Workshop Supplying Genuine Factory Parts Due to unprecedented success in the current market, all Aston Martins urgently wanted. Must have service history, consignment sale or outright purchase. Ley Hill Road, Bovingdon, Hemel Hempstead Tel 01442 833177 Fax 01442 834800 www.chilternaston.co.uk uio Jfta.i l i D 76 V Z gt 27oT THE ROAD CURVES SLIGHTLY...

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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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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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Old Aston Martin Jaguar

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...

An Exclusive Range Of Strictly Limited Edition Prints From Archive Originals Of Some Of Our Most Iconic Models

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...

George Bamford

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