An Aston Martin DB6 awaiting restoration, alongside a restored DB5 - Image: Aston MartinEnlarge Photo
More and more automakers with historically significant cars are getting into the process of factory restoration as an added service for their customers. Porsche and BMW will both take on restorations, and Ferrari will do the same for its racing cars.Aston Martin
wants customers to know that it handles restorations, too. As evidence, it will display two “barn find” cars at this year’s Goodwood Revival, scheduled for September 14-16. The first, a newly-restored DB5
, will be displayed alongside a fresh-from-the-barn DB6
, awaiting restoration.
The DB5 was the first car completed by Aston Martin Works in its Newport Pagnell workshop, where the entire restoration took some 14 months of work. Following Goodwood, Aston Martin will ship the pristine DB5 to its new home in Japan.
The DB6 will be displayed to illustrate that even badly-time-worn cars can be brought back to life with enough time and effort (and stacks of cash). In addition to restoration services, Aston Martin offers U.K. customers repair and service work, as well as technical advice on buying a vintage Aston.
If you’re lucky enough to attend this year’s Goodwood Revival, stop by the Aston Martin Works stand (28/29 in the Revival Market) to see the cars side-by-side. The first 500 visitors also get an Aston Martin Works lapel badge, so it pays to get there early.