Forget the overly expensive mock Bond DB5 mentioned in the last post. We have a genuine Johnny English Mk 3 Aston Martin V8 in the garage.
Johnny English drove a DB7 in the 2003 film, but the character was inspired by a series of Barclaycard adverts made in the 1990′s featuring a bungling spy called Richard Latham (played by Rowan Atkinson).
In one advert filmed in Sardinia, Richard Latham picks up Sir Brian in his Aston V8. In his attempt to find the electric window switch Latham fires off most of the secret agent gadgets on the car. Or course the car had the ejector seat option so Sir Brian was sent skywards.
The V8 has been living in a back garden since the advert and it now needs a little restoration (especially as the entire roof was cut out to film the ejector seat sequence). Fortunately the car has now been rescued to the aston-v8 garage. One day it will live again.
The car belongs to Nigel who will pop up here every now and again to progress the project. He’ll be posting about the the ups and downs of a major restoration on the blog (under the username nellway).
We started the engine at the weekend. See the video. The video has sound (but not much picture).