From the file that came with the car, we found it had done 123370 miles and its last MOT was in 2001 – however the then owner did not re register it or use it on the road. The previous MOT was dated 1993 with a mileage of 122708, this was with a Major A J S Watson, who appears to have been that last person who used the car as his every day transport and who had the engine rebuilt in 1990.
I heard of this Aston from a colleague in 2009, who thought it was in Edinburgh and gave me a possible contact name. We eventually followed it up and luckily contacted the owner one week before he was due to emigrate to Australia. He was going to send it to the scrap yard to empty his rented lock up before he left!
There was little room to inspect it as the near side was tight against the wall, one could hardly open the drivers door enough to look inside, let alone get in the car but the bonnet was open.
The car looked complete apart from the drivers quarter light, which had been broken, along with the ignition lock barrel in an attempt made years previously to steal it, before it was secured in the lock up. The body work looked straight and there was nothing missing under the bonnet, though it was not exactly in pristine condition there!
It needed to be saved so, as he was in a hurry to empty the lock up, negotiations tended to favour us rather then him.
Having agreed a (steal) price, the next problem was moving it out of the lock up; there was no battery and the engine had not run for many years, there were also no brakes – luckily seized off. This latter made pushing it out of the lock up down a slope to the road, which then ran down hill to a main road somewhat interesting. With many strong family members we managed hold it from running away and to line it up with the trailer and attach the winch cable to secure it.
The interior was in good shape with everything there (apart from the damage mentioned before)
It was moved to my garage where it resided beside my wife's Fiat 500. This had the advantage of having the house heating boiler in it so it was dry and warm. This lasted till my wife's demands for the plan to convert the garage into her kitchen/dining room could no longer be ignored.
My father then spent several days emptying his second garage of all the detritus that was collect over the years to make room for it – it just fitted without removing the spare freezer.
There it has sat till this year when the frost made the grass hard enough to pull it out
and put it over the pit in the other garage to inspect its chassis – oh dear - more rust than chassis members.
The rear suspension mount.
It is currently on the list to be stripped and renovated – luckily we know a very good welder and fabricator.......