Ugly As­ton

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How far has As­ton fallen? Not in a busi­ness sense, as I am sure it is more suc­cess­ful and sta­ble then ever, but in a design sense. Be­ing a child of the ’90s I was not around for the likes of the great Miura and E-type, but I do re­mem­ber the day the DB9 came out. Never have I seen such a per­fect car from launch. Its sleek and so­phis­ti­cated ex­te­rior was ev­ery­thing you could want. Even the in­te­rior, with the crys­tal starter and bam­boo dash seen on the launch cars, was spot-on.

This was fol­lowed by the V8 Van­tage – again spot-on – but now we have this new Van­tage [above left], which looks like the failed gene splicing of a Re­nault Mé­gane and a Tamiya bodyshell. What a shame. Mathew Robin­son

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