Hire com­pany bucks Rolls-Royces and Bentley for some­thing more rak­ish for that very spe­cial oc­ca­sion

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - ❚ Nick Larkin­von­clas­sicwed­ding­

Awed­ding car hire com­pany is help­ing peo­ple to cel­e­brate the ‘Bond’ of mar­riage by rent­ing out a 1965 As­ton Martin DB5 — sim­i­lar to the one driven by leg­endary screen se­cret agent James Bond.

The only known As­ton of its type used in this way is pri­vately owned, and is be­ing of­fered through Devon Clas­sic Wed­ding Cars.

‘This car, which is in Sil­ver Birch, is ev­ery bit as great as you would imag­ine. We have had so much in­ter­est and are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be able to add it to our list of ve­hi­cles for hire,’ ex­plains spokesman Steve Mincher.

‘ We had a stand at a lo­cal wed­ding fair at Dart­ing­ton Hall in Devon, with ‘Meryl’, my white Mog­gie Mi­nor con­vert­ible on dis­play out­side.

“A chap came over for a chat and said he had a clas­sic car and was in­ter­ested in us­ing it for lo­cal wed­dings. He handed me a pic­ture of the As­ton. I looked at it and then turned it over as­sum­ing the car he ac­tu­ally wanted me to use was on the back, but no, it was this mag­nif­i­cent car [in the pic­ture].

‘It’s a pity I can’t put the car on my self-drive hire fleet, but I guess the in­sur­ance might be a bit steep!’

The cost of hir­ing the As­ton de­pends on dis­tance and use, but would nor­mally be £450-£500 for the event.

As­ton Martin at your ser­vice for wed­ding car hire in Devon.

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