BaT Video Inspiration: Aston Martin Workshops in 1995
Following on the theme of last weekend’s 1961 Jaguar factory tour, for this round of Video Inspiration we’re visiting another storied British auto maker’s historic, old world workshops. Despite this footage being relatively new at 23-years-old, and dating to very early Ford ownership days, the construction methods it portrays are anything but modern, relying almost exclusively on hand labor for everything from chassis and engine assembly to the use of an English Wheel for the shaping of aluminum bodywork. There is no assembly line to speak of, but rather a large workshop area with cars in various states of completion scattered at random, and this being 1995, said cars include Virage coupes, Volantes, and at least one twin-supercharged Vantage. A handful of earlier, six-cylinder cars can be seen as well.
The film isn’t very long at just under 10 minutes from start to finish, but we really enjoy the sense of atmosphere it captures, relying not on narration, but solely on the deliberate-but-dramatic happenings of a small-but-vital factory on the verge of modernization, which sure enough shows up right around the corner when the cameras pan to a new building housing the soon-to-be-introduced DB7’s pilot production line.
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November 10, 2018 at 08:50PM