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Aston Martin DB11 Revealed

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This morning Aston Martin revealed the DB11 at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

1 March 2016, Geneva: A new chapter in Aston Martin’s history began at the 86th International Geneva Motor Show with the unveiling of the DB11. The first product launched under the company’s ‘Second Century’ plan, DB11 is the bold new figurehead of the illustrious ‘DB’ bloodline and an authentic, dynamic sporting GT in the finest Aston Martin tradition.

The DB11 showcases a fresh and distinctive design language, pioneering aerodynamics and is powered by a potent new in-house designed 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine. Built upon a new lighter, stronger, and more space efficient bonded aluminium structure, DB11 is the most powerful, most efficient and most dynamically gifted DB model in Aston Martin’s history. As such, it is the most significant new Aston Martin since the introduction of the DB9 in 2003.

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer said: “We aspire to make the most beautiful cars in the world. DB11 is the absolute embodiment of what an Aston Martin should be and we have worked tirelessly to ensure that DB11 combines both exceptional design with the latest technology throughout. A brand new bonded aluminium platform, clever aerodynamics, a new characterful twin-turbo V12 and class-leading infotainment systems are just a few aspects which make this the sports car that will proudly spearhead Aston Martin’s second century plan.”

Heralding a new design era for Aston Martin, DB11 is the latest landmark in a remarkable aesthetic journey; one that gave us icons such as the DB2/4, DB5 and, most recently, the DB10 developed specifically for James Bond. DB11 re-imagines the relationship between form and function with a series of fresh design signatures. Foremost amongst these are the front-hinging clamshell bonnet, distinctive LED headlights and accentuated lines of the iconic Aston Martin grille. The profile is equally dramatic, thanks to the roof strakes that flow uninterrupted from A-pillar to C-pillar. The clean lines continue at the rear, with a sloping decklid that smoothly blends into boldly sculpted tail-lights to create a new and unmistakable graphic.

Innovative aerodynamics play their part in this aesthetic revolution with clever management of airflow both over and through the bodywork aiding stability while preserving the DB11’s uncluttered surfaces. Front-end lift is reduced by the gill-like Curlicue which releases high-pressure air from inside the wheel arch via a concealed vent within the redesigned side-strake. Meanwhile, rear-end lift is reduced by the Aston Martin AeroBladeTM; a virtual spoiler fed by discreet air intakes located at the base of each C-pillar. Air is ducted through the bodywork, before venting as a jet of air from the aperture in the rear decklid.

Like every Aston Martin, the heart of the DB11 is found beneath the bonnet, though unlike any Aston Martin before it, the DB11’s heart is a 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12. Designed in-house this new engine develops 608PS1 (600BHP1) and 700Nm1 of torque, making DB11 the most powerful production DB model ever. Naturally, it’s the most dynamic and most accelerative too, with a top speed of 200mph1 and a 0-62mph time of just 3.9sec1. Thanks to intelligent bank activation and stop-start technology that potency is matched by greatly improved efficiency.

To exploit the advantages of its new body structure and harness the immense performance of the new twin-turbo V12 engine, the DB11’s chassis, suspension, steering and electronics have been re-imagined and key new technologies embraced. Multiple driver-selectable dynamic modes – GT, Sport and Sport Plus – progressively intensify the response of the engine, 8-speed automatic ZF transmission together with the new electric power steering and Torque Vectoring by braking while increasing the firmness of the adaptive damping for a greater sense of agility. The result is a driving experience that combines exemplary ride comfort and true sports car agility, for an extraordinary breadth of dynamic capability.

As a true 21st century Aston Martin the DB11 combines the very latest technology developed in conjunction with technical partner, Daimler AG, with the finest quality and hand craftsmanship. Using a full-colour 12” TFT LCD display, the all-new instrument cluster presents primary vehicle information with absolute clarity, while a second, centrally-mounted 8” TFT screen is dedicated to infotainment. Controlled via an intuitive rotary control, with an optional touchpad offering character recognition, multi-touch and gesture support, the new satellite navigation and audio system have never been more effective, sounded better or been easier to operate. A newly implemented auto-park assist feature and 360-degree birds-eye view camera helps provide safe maneuvering at slow speeds and is also operated via the car’s infotainment system.

With wider door apertures, significantly increased occupant space – especially head and legroom in the rear – fully integrated rear ISOFIX mounting points for a pair of child seats plus a luggage compartment large enough to accommodate two large holdalls plus carry-on baggage, the DB11 is a genuine Grand Tourer. Thanks to an inspiring palette of colours and a vast array of detailing options, its interior can be perfectly in-tune with your unique personal style. From calming, carefully co-ordinated tones to sharp contrasts in hue and texture, your choices are virtually limitless. Nexus quilting and Celestial perforation add layers of beautiful complexity and intrigue, while ornate leatherwork, such as intricate brogue detailing, creates areas of visual and tactile delight.

Dr Andy Palmer said: ““This is not only the most important car that Aston Martin has launched in recent history, but also in its 103-year existence. The DB11 rightfully places Aston Martin once again as a leading brand in the luxury automotive market”.

Recommended Retail Price from £154,900 in the UK2, €204,900 in Germany2 and $211,995 in USA3, first deliveries of the DB11 car are scheduled to begin during the fourth quarter of 2016.

John Lennon’s Rolls-Royce on Display

Photo by Royal BC Museum

Photo by Royal BC Museum

We are happy to report that the Royal BC Museum will be displaying John Lennon’s 1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V Touring Limousine.

The museum says: “in 1967, Lennon sent the Rolls to artist Steve Weaver, who designed custom paintwork in a Romany Gypsy style, with elements of the psychedelic era.

The car was delivered to Lennon just before the Lonely Hearts Club Band album was released. Mr. Weaver used ordinary but very vulnerable house (latex) paint. The Royal BC Museum monitors the paint condition closely and has done conservation work on the paint over the years.

Jim Pattison donated the vehicle to the Royal BC Museum in 1987 after its display at Expo 86 in Vancouver.

The car will be on display following a new bid process to maintain the car on behalf of the museum. Jim Walters of Bristol Motors has long time taken on this role.

If you would like to see the psychedelic Rolls in person it will be on public display until April 28, 2016.

Photos by Royal BC Museum.

Golden Sand E-Type OTS from Monterey

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While down in Monterey I spotted this gorgeous 1962 Jaguar E-Type owned by Randall Smalley of Mesa, Arizona: both at the Carmel Concours-by-the-Sea and during the 2015 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance.

According to the heritage certificate this E-Type, chassis 876040 was completed in November of 1961 and painted Opalescent Bronze with Beige interior for its first owner, J.L. Rein in Santa Monica, California.

It as since been restored in a hue of Golden Sand by Classic Showcase in  California. They rebuilt the original R2541–9 cylinder head and engine.

On the great xkdata.com, 876040 is listed as sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2002 for $102,600 USD and Sports Car Market reported it was “one of the best in the world” at the time.

Looking at http://www.jcna.com, this car scored an impressive 99.040 at the JOCLA Concours and a perfect 100 at the from the JCOCA again at the International Jaguar Festival held in Scottsdale in 2016.

Just pouring over the details it appears alot of passion and hard work went into a fit and finish of this caliber. It retains the J-62 tag issued only for the California state.

The owner reports that at the time this car cost “$5,595 against the Coupé’s $5,895, the Mk2’s $5,095 and the MK10’s $7,384.”

Jaguar Return to Racing.

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Today Jaguar is anouncing their return to motorsport and will contend the FIA Formula E Championship in 2016.

They will enter the third season of the all-electric championship which uses a common car designed by Dallara with the team’s choice of engine supplier.

Jaguar will use Williams Advanced Engineering for their powertrain who partnered with Jaguar on the development of the Jaguar C-X75 plug-in hybrid concept car.

E-Type 1E32915 Found

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This week we secured ownership of a very interesting 1967 Jaguar E-Type Coupe, serial 1E32915.

It had toured Victoria in the 1970s or early 1980s fitted with a Shelby Cobra engine. Fortunately the install was uninvasive, leaving the engine frames and picture frame intact. Futhermore, by some miracle, the original jaguar bits were saved for the XK engine including the harness rolled up near the firewall.

From what we can tell the car was painted from Primrose Yellow to bright red in the 1980s and the car was never put completely back together. So it sat for 35 odd years until just recently.

Upon close inspection this appears to be a Black on Black car from the factory which was somewhat rare. The mileage of 45XXX could be accurate aswell.

Plan is to use our MkX engine for this car and get it on the road. More to come.