The Cygnet continues to provoke ire, and a cunning plan for the DB11
‘That the Cygnet is allowed to occupy the annals of Aston Martin history is surely now wellestablished,’ declared John Simister as he opened his article about the supercharged Toyota iq with the Aston badge and grille (‘Earning its Wings’, issue 20).
Well-established? Not even close! Has there ever been a more horrifically perfect example of the evils of badge engineering? It’s a good city car, but that’s utterly irrelevant. It takes much more than the Aston Martin badge, grille and lots of makeup to make an Aston Martin – if that’s all it takes, surely the whole point (and plot) would be lost. The vast majority of people I know in the Aston world were, are and always will be appalled by the Cygnet.
The company (courtesy of Dr Bez) did it, so it will, sadly, have a spot in the back of Vantage, but hopefully the company will learn from this mistake and never do something like it again. Of course, now they’re using someone else’s bought-in off-the-shelf V8 engine, so maybe they haven’t learned enough... Todd Warren, Long Island, New York
Four into 11
Might I suggest that Aston Martin could broaden the customer base for the DB11 if it introduced a four-seater version. The company did something similar with the DB9 when it introduced the Rapide, but in my view a four-seater DB11 should remain a two-door car. Those Aston Martin enthusiasts who need a four-door car can wait until the SUV arrives!
I believe that a longerwheelbase four-seater DB11 would be a popular addition to the DB11 range. And to those who say that the DB11 already has two seats in the back, I would say try travelling in one over long distances!
One obvious contemporary rival that has a two-door, four-seat layout is the Maserati Granturismo, a superb car but not British, a major factor with most Aston owners.
I firmly believe that this relatively straightforward measure would greatly increase DB11 sales whilst satisfying the ‘four doors are two too many’ brigade. Tony Sewell
Your ‘All the Road Cars’ listings are very useful but I have a mild criticism. I do not think the DB4 and the DB4 GT should be lumped together in one category. They are quite different cars.
Similarly, you put the DBS 6 and DBS V8 in the same category. Again they are quite different. The DBS V8 was the fastest production car to be made at Newport Pagnell with about the same power as the much-vaunted V8 Vantage but superior torque. Enthusiasts had guessed this for years but specialists have proved it many times on their dynos. I would have thought this worth a mention in your excellent journal. Jonathan Hill We’re limited on space, but we’ll happily take another look – Ed
The wrong Bertelli
As an Aston Martin fan for nearly 50 years and an owner for over 30 of those, I would like to say how much I enjoy your magazine, apart from one minor irritation.
The picture that you have used since issue 1 to illustrate the Second Series of Bertelli cars in your ‘All the Road Cars’ section is, in fact, of a First Series car.
I owned the car shown, registration VN 3485, chassis L1/125, for six years. It is an International Le Mans (lowered radiator and flared scuttle), one of eight produced and one of only two with 2/4 coachwork.
I would be grateful if you could correct this error, and remove a small irritation from my life. Alaric Coombs
Consider it done, Mr Coombs – Ed
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Autumn 2017 issue, especially the coverage of one of my very favourite Aston Martins, the mk1 Vanquish. The fact that Richard Meaden was driving chassis number 00001 made it very special, and the setting of the Scottish Highlands was gorgeous, especially the shot with Loch Leven in the background. I was in the area a few weeks ago with my family and the weather was… let’s say not quite so inspiring! I’m afraid the Vanquish is well beyond the limits of my finances, but thank you for an image to treasure forever. Connor Bryson, Falkirk
Removed from our listings forthwith – Alaric Coombs’ old First Series (see ‘The wrong Bertelli’)