Aston Martin Works Expands Services to Help Preserve Heritage Vehicles
28th Apr 2023
By Chris Russon
Aston Martin is helping owners to future-proof their vehicles with the expansion of its services from its Works division.
Aston Martin Works has announced the availability for the first time in decades of new major components, including gearboxes and engine blocks, for some of the brand’s most iconic sports cars.
Working with trusted suppliers, the team at the heritage home of the world-renowned British carmaker has developed entirely new engine blocks, cylinder heads, gearboxes, and other major components. They are all built to original manufacturer specifications – which are now being made available to owners of DB4, DB5, DB6 and certain V8 models from the 1960s and 1970s.
The move to invest in the creation of new tooling to manufacture key components for some of the most famous members of the brand’s historic back catalogue means that owners of these desirable, and valuable, sports cars can once again return their vehicles to fully original specifications with the certainty that the parts they are fitting have been produced to full and appropriate factory specifications.
The drive to remanufacture items such as gearboxes came about as part of the Aston Martin continuation programme that naturally led to the need for new parts, while also generating a full understanding of which parts were immediately available and which had not been manufactured for many years.
Paul Spires, president of Aston Martin Works, said: “Working with the exceptional engineers both here and at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters, key parts suppliers were tasked with developing these new components.”
“The heritage department at gearbox supplier ZF, for instance, was invaluable in helping to recreate original specification gearboxes – making these parts available for the first time since the early 1970s.”
Supplied with appropriate documentation to fully support the provenance of these replacement parts – a vital reassurance when replacing the engine of a DB4 GT, for instance – owners can be assured that the new components have been checked and approved by the Aston Martin Works team.
Aston Martin Works is based in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire - the historic home of the sports carmaker and the place where around 13,000 cars were hand-built before production completed its move to Gaydon, Warwickshire, in 2007.
Now it is a heritage service and restoration facility as well as a new car dealership, and it is possible to view, purchase, service and restore cars from every era of the marque’s 110 years at Aston Martin Works.
In 2017, 10 years after the Newport Pagnell factory closed, new car production returned to the site with the DB4 GT Continuation. The DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation have followed since.
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