Aston Martin Bulldog

More than 6,000 hours went into the restoration of this famous Aston Martin Concept car which, when it was unveiled in 1980, quickly became the stuff of legend for car fans around the world.


Since being restored by CMC in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, the car has won the Royal Automobile Club’s prestigious Restoration of the Year award and recently became the youngest car ever to win the prestigious Coppa d’Oro award at the Concorso D’Eleganza at Ville D’ Este on the shore of Lake Como. The trophy is one of two top awards, and voted for by other Concours’ entrants.

Only one car was ever built, and its futuristic design and V8 engine took it to 192 miles per hour — but not the 200 mph that Aston Martin had planned.

In 1981, Aston Martin found itself on hard times and was forced to sell the car to a buyer in the Middle East and the car disappeared.

Then two years ago, the car was found and purchased by car collector Philip Sarofim who asked Richard Gauntlett, the son of the former owner of Aston Martin, to manage the restoration of the car with the aim of reaching the 200 mph it never did when it was built.

The next challenge is to get the car to 200 mph, and that will take place later this year at a location to be announced.

About CMC

Classic Motor Cars has been at the forefront of classic car restoration for the last 25 years, starting with Jaguar before moving on to other marques including Aston Martin.

CMC is an owner-managed Trust where the staff own the company and is a partner of the Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT), an employer-led response to bridging the skills gap by creating industry-ready apprenticeships and delivering the best upskilling opportunities including courses that teach apprentices classic car skills.

Displayed courtesy of owner Mr Philip Sarofim from Monday 13th June to Monday 20th June.