Cars spanning the entire history of prestige Midland car-maker Aston Martin will take centre stage at a major classic car show later this month.
Seven of the Gaydon-based firm’s models - spanning the oldest-surviving to the very latest - will be on show at the inaugural Classic & Sports Car – The London Show, taking place at Alexandra Palace event from October 30 to November 1.
They include the include the oldest-surviving Aston Martin in existence in the shape of an ultra-rare A3, which will headline the display.
The 1921 car, now looked after by the Aston Martin Heritage Trust, was the fourth and only survivor of marque founders Robert Bamford’s and Lionel Martin’s original prototypes.
Also on show is a DB MkIII, of which fewer than 500 were built from 1957 to 1959, with hardly any surviving today.
Frequently cited as ‘the ultimate Aston Martin’ the model on display features the same Silver Birch paintwork seen in the film.
An Aston Martin DBS V8 is also on show, the first of Aston Martin’s V8-engined machines, produced as a result of massive customer demand for bigger engines.
The car destined to get Aston’s very first V8 was the DBS, which was launched with a straight-six Vantage engine in 1967. Two years after the DBS’ launch, in 1969, the DBS V8 was finally added to the line-up. In 1973, Aston dropped the DBS badged and the car simply became known as the ‘V8’.
The remaining Aston Martins top go on show at Alexandra Palace will be a DB7, a Vanquish and a DB9 GT.
The DB7 was the company’s most prolific production model in history, with more than 7,000 built between 1994 and 2004.
The six-litre V12 Vanquish first appeared in 2001 and was the company’s flagship grand tourer. Made famous in the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day, the car was later upgraded with an S specification in 2004, featuring a more powerful engine and revised aerodynamics.
Harking back to the GT-badged Aston Martins of the 1950s and 1960s, the DB9 GT is the last of the ultra-successful DB9 range, the replacement for the DB7. It represents the ultimate DB9, which Aston Martin has produced to such critical acclaim for 13 years.
James Elliott, Classic & Sports Car magazine group editor, said: “We’re thrilled that the inaugural Classic & Sports Car – The London Show is able to celebrate Aston Martin’s position as one of the greatest British manufacturers with seven important cars from its glorious production history. “From the 1921 A3, kindly loaned to us by Aston Martin Heritage Trust, to the latest DB9 GT, these seven automotive icons are sure to represent a star attraction for visitors to our inaugural Alexandra Palace event.”
The show, organised by Classic & Sports Car magazine, will feature more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious classic cars from world-famous collectors and world-renowned classic car retailers.