5) LOW COST LIGHTING
Headlamps are one of those items which have always been sourced from specialists since the very first days of motoring, from the acetylene lamps of the Edwardian era to the modern high-intensity ‘projector’ units with LED running lights of today. This means that many cars share lamp units (how many British classics use seven-inch Lucas headlamps?) and many low-volume cars pilfer lamps from elsewhere. Even a marque as prestigious as Aston Martin wasn’t immune, not even on its ultimate ‘gentleman’s express’, the Virage. The front lamps came from the Audi 200 and the rear light units came from the Mk2 Volkswagen Scirocco. The higher-performance (and even higher priced) Vantage version had a facelift which saw the VW lamps dropped in favour of ones from a Hungarian Bova coach. The thing is, VW’s stocks of rear lamps ran out a long time ago and with Sciroccos being relatively unloved until recently you’ll find Aston and VW owners fighting over the same parts – in fact Aston specialists are more likely to have squirreled away some lamp units than their Audi or Volkswagen counterparts. And for further cred, those Bova rear lamps would also go onto the McLaren F1, surely making them the fastest coach brake lights ever.