Monday, January 22, 2007
Aston Martins Hold Their Appeal
Gorgeous car, huh?
"The consensus among enthusiasts is that Ford’s reign over Aston Martin has been largely benevolent. Still, the question among collectors is how a change of ownership may affect the value of older Aston Martins.
Just as Fender Stratocasters and Telecasters made before the company’s takeover by CBS are the only instruments that matter for collectors, most of the collecting activity in Aston Martins is with cars produced during the marque’s golden era of 1947 to 1972, when it was owned by David Brown, a British industrialist.
The DB4 and DB5 of 1958-65 are generally considered the apex of the David Brown era (he’s the DB in the model names) and are among the loveliest front-engine grand touring cars ever produced. Built using the complicated Italian superleggera method — draping hand-wrought alloy body panels over a frame of tiny steel tubes — they were built to blast safely across European motorways, autostradas, autobahns and routes nationale, at speeds in excess of 100 miles an hour. And they had to look good parked in front of places like Brenner’s Park-Hotel and Spa in Baden-Baden, Germany, or the Gstaad Palace hotel in Switzerland."
Classic Aston Martins Holding Their Appeal
NYT, January 21, 2007
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