A Car for Life.
In 1977 I bought a DB5. It turned out to be a bit of a clunker, so I sold it that same year.
Five years later, I looked for a really good DB5 or DB6. DB6/2830/R was advertised as "concours condition”… and she was a genuine Vantage. So I bought her.
I took her to Ian Mason for a service and new underseal. Ian thought she looked good, until he removed the old underseal, at which point he declared the condition underneath to be "appalling" and an MoT fail...
Under RAC supervision, she was repaired by the vendor, and returned in "sound condition" - but not necessarily to Aston Martin standards.
With a baby strapped in the back she became the family car. We went to Scotland, toured the Orkneys and drove to John O' Groats. In 2001, the "baby", the car and I did the Classic Marathon to Cortina.
By 2008, she was again an MoT fail. I decided to have her restored properly this time and took her to Aston Martin Works. My wildcard below shows the remains of the RAC works being cut out and the gleaming result that subsequently emerged at Newport Pagnell:
She remains extremely original. She starts on her original starter motor, breathes through a micronic filter, corners on Armstrong shock absorbers and drives on Avon Turbospeed crossplies. By day, the dealer fitted Webasto roof lets in the sunlight. At night, the Lucas 700 headlights pierce the gloom. She remains a 4 litre, with a ZF box and no power steering.
With 38 years of ownership now clocked up, on she goes.
Truly a Car for Life.
(Photos May/June 2020; Wildcard May 2010)