An Aston Martin Bulldog is about to be resurrected to its 70s supercar status again with a nut and bolt restoration by Shropshire based Classic Motor Cars.
The iconic British concept car was first given its wings by the eccentric Aston Martin designer William Towns; a man who embraced anything angular with open arms, cheerful smirk and humble innovation.
Powered by a boisterous 5.3 litre V8 and twin-turbo power plant, the gull-winged Bulldog could reach 0-100mph in a blistering 10.1 seconds and had a reported top speed close to 200mph, making it the fastest production car of its time. Aston Martin created the road-going supercar to prove that it was not only a small company of renowned motoring artisans but that its engineering prowess was also world-class.
Development and further testing of the ‘dart-like’ Aston were suspended following the appointment of AML chairman Victor Gauntlett in 1981.
Nearly 40 years later CMC is to carry out an 18-month nut and bolt restoration of the famous car after which the owner plans to run the car at over 200 mph and then take it on a World tour. A team of eight people will be working on the restoration of the car, which will be led by Nigel Woodward and workshop Director Tim Griffin.
Nigel Woodward managing Director at Classic Motor cars said:
“We want to put the car back to its original configuration but we may include modern components and technology to improve the reliability of the car. Overall we want to keep the original engineering architecture and appearance of the car.”
Nigel went on to say:
“At the moment we are assuming that nothing on the car works and I am sure that as we take it apart we will find all sorts of challenges. We have a huge history file on the car and are working with the engineers who originally built the car, but there is much more we would like to know such as who changed the colour of the car, it was originally white and grey not green when it was given carburettors etc. If anybody has any information or period photographs of the car we would love to hear from them so that we can add to the archive material.
“It is a great honour for CMC to be chosen to restore such a famous Aston Martin and British icon.”
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