Monthly Archives: November 2005

The Bond Connection

Aston marketing people love the connection between James Bond and the marque. It really is the ultimate in branding.

The engineering team hate the connection. They work really hard designing new models with ever improving handling, power, and quality. Then when launch date comes all the press want to know is whether it’ll be in the next Bond film. (The answer at the time of writing is yes by the way).

One of the 4 DB5s used in the Goldfinger film* is for sale. It comes complete with pop out bumpers, machine guns and revolving number plates, but the ejector seat has apparently been “removed for safety”.

The car will be auctioned at RM Auctions’ Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona to be held in Phoenix, Arizona on Jan. 20, 2006.

See CNN news for the full article.

Browsing through the Aston Martin Owners Club Forum it seems this car was built for promotional purposes after the films were made. amocwebmaster had this to say:

2008/R ….. and one other replica (2017/R), were built in the 60s, after Thunderball had been filmed, purely for tour and promotional use and differs in some obvious details, such as the appearance of the revolving number plate.

Dave Worrall’s ‘The Most Famous Car in The World’ has full details.

Paint Matching

I just popped down to the paint shop with a bit of Aston to see if they could mix me up something much the same colour.

Much sucking through teeth and shaking of heads.

They don’t have a list of paint codes, we don’t know the original paint code and we don’t know if it was repainted in exactly the same colour when it was last resprayed.

Some research will be required. I bet the factory keep records of paint codes, and they are some very nice helpful people at Newport Pagnell, so there’s a starting point. Otherwise the paint shop will attempt to make a custom colour that looks the same.

Introducing the Aston Blog

I’m Malcolm, the guy responsible for the Aston Martin Restoration on these pages. I’m hoping to write about the last stages of the restoration – the “just need to do this great list of little things and it’ll be finished” stage.

Progress on the restoration has been slow for a while – it’s not that the car has taken longer than I thought, just I have less time to spend on it than planned. I made the mistake of treating the car as a weekend project. Now I’m going to reorganise my workload a little and treat it as a week day project.

The project has been a good experience. The Aston V8 is a lovely car. I’ve learned a lot (particularly about aluminium welding). Apart from the aluminium, and the sheer extent of rust, there isn’t much on the V8 that couldn’t be done by DIY restorers. That’s why this website went together – to provide a source of information for other restorers.

The website has been good. I’ve started to become a little involved in the Aston scene, and there are now 3 Aston V8s at the farm. More on the other ones later…