Aston Martin celebrating DB anniversary at Hampton Court

| 2 Jul 2018
Classic & Sports Car – Aston Martin party at Hampton Court Palace

Seventy years of DB-badged Aston Martins will be commemorated at this year's Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace.

More than 100 examples are expected at the three-day event, which runs from 31 August until 2 September, showcasing every DB model – from the ‘DB1’ to today’s DB11.

It's a truly majestic, not to mention unmistakably and fittingly British setting for a tribute to one of this country's most famous marques.

And one of the cars set to grace the event is something rather special, too: a 1967 Aston Martin DBSC by Touring (pictured above), the sole road-going version in existence.

Just two were built as potential DB6 replacements. This gorgeous Dubonnet Rosso, left-hand-drive DBSC has a tan pigskin interior, while power comes from a four-litre straight-six.

Classic & Sports Car – Aston Martin party at Hampton Court Palace
Classic & Sports Car – Aston Martin party at Hampton Court Palace
Imagine this 1937 15/98 Long Chassis Tourer glinting in the late summer sun

A one-of-24 1937 Aston Martin 15/98 Long Chassis Tourer by Bertelli will also be on display at the Hampton Court Palace event.

This particular example of the luxury, four-seat model, designed as a touring car in contrast to the marque's race-inspired sports cars, has been the subject of a thorough restoration courtesy of specialist Ecurie Bertelli, so expect it to be in outstanding condition.

The ‘Royal Aston Martin’, one of the first six Aston Martin DB2 DHCs, is also expected to be on show. Built in 1950 and bought by Prince Bertil of Sweden, it has another claim to fame: it participated in the parade lap at the 1951 Le Mans 24 Hours, accompanied by none other than David Brown.

And the rare Astons just keep on coming. Also confirmed for this event is a DB5 Convertible, one of only 83 right-hand-drive examples produced.

Classic & Sports Car – Aston Martin party at Hampton Court Palace
It's a magnificent location for this very British celebration

"Aston Martin remains one the most iconic British brands, and its cars exude prestige, power and elegance to automotive aficionados from across the globe," said Concours of Elegance Director Andrew Evans. 

"With support from Aston Martin, Aston Martin specialists and the excellent Aston Martin Owners' Club we feel as though we’ve created a very fitting tribute to a British legend at Concours of Elegance. But amazingly, this world-class display is just one part of the overall event, providing visitors with more content, more quality and more entertainment than ever before."

If you'd like to go and join the party, you can buy tickets here.

 


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