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Aston Workshop: Restored automotive gems

Aston Martin DB5

In case you're living under a rock in Antarctica, this is the opening weekend for the latest Bond flick - Casino Royale. I'll admit that Daniel Craig is suitably menacing as 007, but I prefer Connery's style. I'm also partial to the Silver Birch DB5 that appeared the 1964 classic Goldfinger.

That particular car was a DB5 prototype lent to Eon Productions in 1963, complete with smoke screen, machine guns and a convenient ejector seat conjured up by John Sears on the Pinewood Studios lot. I even had a die-cast DB5 as a kid. Alas, the timeless beauty and rarity of these vehicles is enough to ensure that they'll never be affordable.

The Aston Workshop was founded by Bob Fountain in 1988 and specializes in the restoration of DB4, DB5 and DB6 models, although they dabble with other models and the occasional Jaguar as well. I haven't mentioned prices so far, so let's get that out of the way: the least expensive DB5 on their site is listed at £119,000.

A 1965 DB5 Silver Birch similar to the Bond car (sans gadgets) is listed at £210,000: "The car comes complete with a full body re-spray in Silver Birch, recent gearbox, rebuilt engine, new suspension, brakes and interior (Black).  Although the car will feature all of our latest upgrades, extra options will of course be available and final price will be dependent on the specification required." She sure is pretty.

The Aston Workshop

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