One of Britain’s best-loved luxury car manufacturers, Aston Martin, will be celebrated in grand style at the inaugural Classic & Sports Car – The London Show, with a stunning collection of some of the luxury brand’s most iconic models, from the oldest-surviving to the very latest.
Seven of Aston Martin’s handbuilt machines will appear at the Alexandra Palace event from 30th October to 1st November in a display sponsored by EFG International.
Taking the Aston Martin story back to the very beginning, an ultra-rare A3 will headline the display. The 1921 car, the oldest Aston Martin in existence, was the fourth and only survivor of marque founders Robert Bamford’s and Lionel Martin’s original prototypes. The car is now looked after by the Aston Martin Heritage Trust.
Fewer than 500 DB MkIIIs were built from 1957 to 1959 and hardly any survive today, so it is a real thrill for Classic & Sports Car – The London Show organisers to have one in the display.
Almost certainly the most famous Aston Martin of all thanks to its starring role in 1964 Bond flick ‘Goldfinger’, the DB5 is seen by many as the ultimate Aston Martin. Powered by a four-litre, six-cylinder, all-aluminium engine, and with timeless styling, the DB5 is rightly heralded as a motoring icon. Visitors to Classic & Sports Car – The London Show can see a wonderful Silver Birch-painted car, just like in the movie.
The first of Aston Martin’s V8-engined machines was the result of massive customer demand for bigger engines. The car destined to get Aston’s very first V8 was the DBS, which was launched with a straight-six Vantage engine in 1967. Two years after the DBS’ launch, in 1969, the DBS V8 was finally added to the line-up, and as the straight-six engine was discontinued in 1973, Aston dropped the DBS badged and the car simply became known as the ‘V8’.
A car of which Aston Martin is justifiably proud, the DB7 was the company’s most prolific production model in history. More than 7,000 were built between 1994 and 2004.
The six-litre V12 Vanquish first appeared in 2001 and was the company’s flagship grand tourer. Made famous in the 2002 James Bond film ‘Die Another Day’, the car was later upgraded with an ‘S’ specification in 2004, featuring a more powerful engine and revised aerodynamics.
Harking back to the GT-badged Aston Martins of the 1950s and ’60s, the DB9 GT is the last of the ultra-successful DB9 range, the replacement for the DB7. It represents the ultimate DB9, which Aston Martin has produced to such critical acclaim for 13 years.
James Elliott, Classic & Sports Car magazine group editor, said: “We’re thrilled that the inaugural Classic & Sports Car – The London Show is able to celebrate Aston Martin’s position as one of the greatest British manufacturers with seven important cars from its glorious production history. From the 1921 A3, kindly loaned to us by Aston Martin Heritage Trust, to the latest DB9 GT, these seven automotive icons are sure to represent a star attraction for visitors to our inaugural Alexandra Palace event.”
Thanks to the Aston Martin Heritage Trust, Desmond J Smail, Aston Service London, Aston Sales Kensington and Aston Martin for generously supplying the cars for this feature.
Classic & Sports Car – The London Show will feature more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious classic cars from world-famous collectors and world-renowned classic car retailers. Organised by Classic & Sports Car, the world’s best-selling classic car magazine, The London Show will also announce the results of its worldwide poll to find the Best British Car Ever, while there will also be a collection of Stirling Moss’ British single-seater racing cars and a Live Stage, in partnership with Smooth Radio, featuring guests including Ross Brawn OBE. More features and news will be revealed over the coming weeks.
Tickets for Classic & Sports Car – The London Show are now on sale, visit www.classicandsportscarshow.com or call 0844 581 1275 to book yours.