British Cars: Lotus and Aston Martin

So Mr Bond, which car will you be wanting tomorrow, the Aston or the Lotus?

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Lotuses and Aston Martins

Two iconic British brands, Aston Martin and Lotus. There were rumours last year that Aston Martin and Lotus may be exploring a cooperative agreement or merger.  The two companies might pool their engineering, purchasing and production resources to reduce costs. A marriage made in heaven?

The two brands are the stuff of schoolboy dreams but they are quite different. Lotus have light, fast mid-engined sports cars, whereas Aston Martin has powerful luxurious front engined GTs.

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Aston Martins in my collection May 2016

I have 13 Astons from Hot Wheels (Green DB5 x 2, Red x 1, metallic light blue x 1 and silver “Skyfall” x 1), Hot Wheels V8 Vantage, Matchbox (Silver and black DBS Volante), Majorette (Blue DB7), DeAgostini (Light Green DB4) two Aston Martin One-77s (by unbranded Chinese manufacturers) and TicToc (Silver “James Bond” DB5).

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Aston Martin DB5 (Hot Wheels)

There seems little difference between the “SkyfallAston and the regular Hot Wheels Astons except for the packaging, the colour and a slightly higher price (8 lari to 6.90 lari).

 I am missing the iconic Corgi James Bond Aston DB5 with all the secret gadgets like ejector seat, tyre slashers and changeable number plates, widely considered to be Corgi‘s greatest design.

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Corgi James Bond Aston DB5

The DB5 is the definitive gran turismo: brawny yet sophisticated, sensuous yet square-jawed. Civilian versions used a hand-built in-line six-cylinder engine with 280 horsepower, matched to a manual gearbox and wrapped in an elegant, lightweight aluminium body.

Which would I choose? I think it would be dependent on my mood. As for Mr Bond, I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you 😉

more on Lotus (click the link)

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