James Bond’s beloved silver-birch Aston Martin DB5 resurfaced in this year’s blockbuster Skyfall, and 2012 also saw the launch of the second-generation Vanquish. But the year isn’t over quite yet, and there’s now a way to dodge the almost-£190,000 Vanquish price tag and own a piece of vintage AM history.
London-based Aston Martin heritage specialist Nicholas Mee & Co has partnered with artisan engineers Racing Gold to refashion components from Aston Martin GT4 Challenge race cars, shifting gear to give them a new lease of life as a limited-edition collection of furniture.
An upcycled coat stand (£4,995, first picture), for example, is lent its statuesque 165cm height by a refurbished carbon-fibre propeller shaft, while a polished chrome wheel rim makes use of 15 spokes as hooks. Dreams of the upgraded 6.0-litre V12 Vanquish engine can take place sitting in a bucket-style racing-seat chair (£2,995, second picture), reconditioned and upholstered in Hackett Prince of Wales tweed, with legs designed to imitate the steel- and chrome-plated spokes of the Nardi-style steering wheels. Meanwhile, a Nicholas Mee racing authenticity stamp accompanies a crankshaft that has been transformed into a glass-topped table (£2,995, third picture), its vertebrae-like stand comprising brake discs and bells.
It’s a charming way for Aston Martin aficionados to become members of an offbeat owners’ club.