Classic Car Transport
One of our 2 covered car transporters was in London this week to collect 2 Classic Aston Martins. A 1964 Aston Martin DB4 and also a Classic Aston Martin V8 Vantage using classic car transport.
Both cars were collected from Aston Martin Service in London and delivered to a secure storage location out of London using Vintage Car Transport.
Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars and grand tourers. It was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford.
Styled by the internationally acclaimed Italian design house Touring of Milan, the Aston Martin DB4 was the first Aston Martin to be constructed using the design language and methods developed by Touring and known as Superlegerra, which translates to Superlight. An instant success after first being shown to the public in 1958, the DB4 was continually developed through several series, before production ceased in 1963 with a production total of 1,110 DB4s .
Technically The Aston Martin DB4 was a further development of the DB Mark III it replaced but with a completely new body. The DB4's design would later form the basis for future Aston Martin classics, such as the DB4 GT Zagato, the Lagonda Rapide 4-door saloon, and its ultimate replacement the Aston Martin DB5. There were five "series" of DB4s. The 3.7 L (3670 cc/223 in³) engine, designed by Tadek Marek, was a double overhead cam straight-6, with cylinder head and block of cast R.R.50 aluminium alloy, a further development of the earlier engine. The engine was prone to overheating but the 240 hp (179 kW) produced by the twin-SU carburettor version made buyers forgive this unfortunate trait. Servo assisted Disc brakes were fitted all around, with early 11.5 in (292 mm) Dunlops being replaced by Girlings. The independent front suspension used ball-jointed wishbones and coil springs and the live rear axle also using coils springs with location by a Watt's linkage. Rack and pinion steering was used. There was a choice of final drive ratios, the normal one for British and European use was 3.54:1, the United States usually got a 3.77:1 and a 3.31:1 was also available for customers wanting a car with an especially high top speed. It could go from 0-60 mph in 9.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 139.3 mph.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was hailed as "Britain's First Supercar" in 1977 for its 170 mph (270 km/h) top speed. Production ran from 1977 till 1989 and 534 V8 Vantages were built. The classic Aston Martin V8 Vantage was announced on 18th February 1977. Revised camshafts, air-box, larger inlet valves and carburettors, new inlet manifolds and different plugs, claimed to provide an increase in power of 40% and 10% more torque. The same ZF manual gearbox as in the V8 Saloon was standard equipment. This was enough to give the V8 Vantage a top speed of about 170 mph and acceleration from 0-60 mph in 5.2 secs.
The V8 Vantage is a hand-crafted sports car that offers electrifying performance and outstanding agility. The most affordable of all Aston Martins, it fuses traditional Aston Martin style and everyday usability. The result is one of the world's most desirable sports cars.It was decided that James Bond (007) would look good in an Astin Martin V8 Vantage and so the car was immortalized in 1987 in the Bond film 'The Living Daylights'.. The flagship model of the company from 1977 to 1989, the V8 Vantage continues to be sought after, particularly the later 580 X pack versions with 16” Ronal wheels.