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Little Classics News: 10 October 2015

Aston Martin Celebrates Heritage at The London Show

Aston Martin A3

Aston Martin will be celebrated in grand style at the inaugural Classic & Sports Car – The London Show, with an impressive collection of some of their most iconic classic cars, going back to some of the oldest surviving models.

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.

Aston Martin A3

Aston Martin A3

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.

Aston Martin DB MkIII

Aston Martin DB MkIII

Fewer than 500 DB MkIIIs were built from 1957 to 1959 and hardly any survive today, so it is a real treat to have one in the display.

Aston Martin DB MkIII

Aston Martin DB5

Aston Martin DB5

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.

Aston Martin DB5

Visitors to can see a wonderful Silver Birch-painted car, just like in the film.

Aston Martin V8

Aston Martin V8

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 (above left) 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’.

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.”

Visit www.classicandsportscarshow.com



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