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Lionel Walker Birch Martin first linked his own name with that of the a well-known hillclimb to create Aston Martin in 1914. Despite having little engineering knowledge, he did display a natural flare for the design and vehicle assembly.
The combined skills of both Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford gave them the opportunity to make modifications to their vehicles in order to increase performance. The name Aston Martin came from successful races up Aston Hill in Aston Clinton.
The Works Service department is an integral part to the smooth running of Aston Martin and has been since 1924.
Service & Repair.
Many owners take the opportunity of having their Aston Martin maintained by the very people who built it. Indeed, no other British motor manufacturer has such a long and distinguished record of factory backed maintenance.
The Aston Martin Works Service Department is able to undertake scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on all post 1950 Aston Martin cars from DB2 through to the latest models built at Aston Martin's new headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire including the DBS, DB9, V8 Vantage and V12 Vantage model ranges.
Through the use of their Blackhawk Korek 4000 body alignment system, heavy collision damage can be accurately repaired ensuring correct suspension geometry and panel alignment. Their factory trained technicians utilise skills both traditional and state of the art; from a twist of a wooden handled screwdriver to the operation of the latest in microprocessor diagnostic equipment.
On restoration projects, all Aston Martin’s skills are combined to bring a cherished motor car back to its former glory.
After the initial contact Aston Martin Works Service will invite the owner to visit their premises in Newport Pagnell so that a complete assessment of the car can be carried out. If this proves to be impractical they will carry out the assessment at the customer’s own premises. The assessment will include a partial strip down to gauge the extent of the necessary repairs.
The original vehicle build history will be drawn from their archives and referred to throughout the process to ensure originality. Their experienced technical staff will then provide a detailed, itemised estimate for the necessary refurbishment or replacement of components. Once approval is given the car will be fully stripped down in readiness for each area to be restored.
All their restorations take cars back to shot-blasted bare metal, e-coating is applied to the chassis to protect against corrosion. Body panels are still hand beaten the traditional way and they still use the tools, which originally built the car, ensuring the utmost authenticity.
But the modern world is more demanding than that of 40 years ago, so a Works Service restoration can incorporate modern day options. A popular feature of some restorations is the addition of air conditioning to older models. The controls can be hidden to maintain the original interior appearance.
Every detail of the restoration will be documented. Not only does this add to your cars history but it gives you the confidence that the restoration is the last word in quality workmanship and authenticity.
Bodywork & Paint.
Damaged paintwork and body panels will let down the most mechanically fresh Aston Martin or Lagonda. At Works Service they pride themselves on their quality of repair of bodywork and paint.
All panels are stripped to the bare metal before a respray, an essential stage of preparation. This allows their engineers to assess the underlying panels for damage or corrosion and take appropriate repair measures. Where needed they will repair panels or commission new ones using original tooling.
All paints are applied in accordance with suppliers' recommendations. The detail demanded for a first-class finish means a complete body overhaul typically taking around six weeks.
Any Aston Martin or Lagonda cars originally designed to run on leaded fuel will require modification before using unleaded. Aston Martin Works Service at Newport Pagnell are able to offer a complete factory based conversion service for all 6-cylinder and V8 models involved, including a full engine tune and road test.
They also offer a menu-based servicing for all models DB4 onwards.
The interior of an Aston Martin has the sense of occasion that can be experienced in only a handful of very special cars. And at Works Service they have the skills and expertise to ensure that any Aston Martin or Lagonda will maintain that exclusive cabin ambience.
Their trim department works tirelessly to satisfy all requests and can match almost any colour, grade or finish of interior leather. Works Service has experience of bespoke design of leather and can modify seats for a better driving position, insert screens into headrests or fitting a hood on a Volante. Their skilled trimmers can work in wood, leather and metal and have tackled thousands of jobs that would not be out of place in a furniture workshop.
The Aston Martin badge is synonymous with performance and driver involvement. And for many owners the lure of higher performance, better braking and increased roadholding define their Aston Martin ownership experience. As a result, Works Service is capable of improving any model of post-war Aston Martin with a selection of technical upgrades.
All use factory approved components with materials and construction to production-line standards, are fully road legal and fitted in accordance with a rigid build specification to ensure factory-finish quality.
(source: Aston Martin)
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