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13 February 2014

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Forgotten about under cobwebs or left untouched languishing under a thick layer of dust, is a rare, once in a life opportunity for someone with optimism, imagination and conviction. These original Aston Martins have usually been in the hands of their owner for many years, and free from molestation they present a fabulous opportunity to revive a part motoring history. So few of these wonderful cars were made to begin with, that each find is of genuine significance.

If youre lucky enough to find one under a blanket, next to the old plough or even if youve managed to acquire one through good fortune, Aston Workshop have the knowledge, experience and skill to help you make the right decisions it terms of what to do next

The chance to get hold of a project Aston Martin is one people will fight keenly over. Daily Mail

Restoration - An Aston Workshop Adventure.

Using a genuine classic Aston Martin barn find as a base, we can build the car of your dreams, completely tailor-made to your exact specification!

Our team of dedicated and experienced technicians restore these cars to an exceptionally high standard. By using modern materials and engineering processes, they are able to increase levels of safety, comfort, handling and performance way beyond that of the original.

The result is a classic, iconic Aston Martin suitable for modern day driving conditions, regardless of location or climate. Truly the best of both worlds!


The restoration of any Aston Martin can be a lengthy and expensive process. Experience indicates that the best and most cost effective results are achieved by the owner and the restorer working in partnership, each understanding what is required and the standards that are to be achieved.

Once the process is complete and your Aston is returned to pristine condition, the value will inevitably increase accordingly. More than that, you will have the car of your dreams, exactly the way you want it. Whilst it has been proven to make sound investment sense, these cars are almost without exception, brought back to life by people who are as passionate as we are about keeping alive the living legend that is Aston Martin.

Recent Finds at Aston Workshop

Weve had many barn finds pass through our hands over the decades, restored to the highest standard, often keeping original features but always performing better than new.

Recent examples include a 1961 DB4 Series II LHD having been originally imported into Germany by Aston Martin and Jaguar distributor, Peter Lindner. Famous for his racing exploits in his Aston Martin DB4 GT and Jaguar Lindner Nocker Low Drag Lightweight E Type, Lindner was tragically killed whilst racing the Jaguar at the Autodrome de Montlhry near Paris in 1964. Dismantled for minor repair an incredible 46 years ago, circumstances meant that it was never rebuilt, frozen in time, until Aston Workshop recently came into contact with this beauty.

We presently also have a 1967 DB6 MK1 find. This DB6 MK1 is an original factory Vantage, first delivered in 1967 and resplendent in the iconic colour combination of Silver with black hide. A true "barn find" it offers a blank canvas, a rare opportunity to restore a classic Aston Martin to your exact specification. Available with all of our best enhancements and upgrades it has the potential to be one of the finest examples in the world today.

A fabulous 1949 2 Litre Sports (known latterly as the DB1) is one of only 15 ever produced by Aston Martin. First delivered to Cyril Williams (Motors) Ltd in 1949 this stunning car must have looked fantastic in its original livery of Alpine Blue with Grey Hide. A 'continuation' log book from 1963 shows that the car was moved to Scotland that year and it remained there until Aston Workshop acquired it. Amazingly, for the last 41 years it had been in the custody of just one owner and kept off the road since 1983, with a DVLA document in the history file to confirm this.

We have also restored a recently discovered 1974 example of the lighter, more powerful "SS" version of the 1972 Maserati Merak. First launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1975. The SS was introduced to enhance the Maserati range and the result is not only a beautiful looking classic, but one that performs with the agility expected of such a car. The SS is not only the rarest, but also the most powerful version of the Merak, and as such it has become increasingly sought after.

Last but most definitely not least, we have a truly unique 1954 DB2/4 Vignale bodied Aston Martin, supplied in chassis only form to Italian coach builder, Vignale and bodied in an elegant fast-back design, originally ordered for His Majesty the King of Belgium. In need of a full ground up restoration, work has now begun, but final specification has yet to be decided. The body is largely original and as much as possible is to be retained along with the original chassis. This project represents an opportunity to own a totally unique Aston from the fifty's with fantastic styling, guaranteed to please the most discerning collector. Please call us to discuss this very exciting project.

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