Cars The heart of the museum are the cars. Space in the museum is limited so we regularly update the cars on display. Our star is A3, the third of the original prototypes, and now the oldest Aston Martin in existence. She is normally on display, although she is in high demand for international appearances. We also have a classic 2/4 seater Ulster, one of only two left with this seat configuration. You might also see one of the five Nimrod racing cars as well as engineering cutaways, a DB7 prototype or Zagato, plus classic models from the 1950’s or 70’s.
Scale Models Unfortunately, we can’t show you a full-sized example of every car Aston Martin have ever made, but we can show you one at 1:43rd scale. Our extensive model collection shows how the cars evolved over time, demonstrating the breaks as well as continuity in production over 100 years. We also have a collection competition car models so you can relive the glory years, old and new, at Le Mans, Nurburgring and Silverstone.
Thanks to a kind donation from his widow we can show the racing trophies won during the height of David Brown’s days racing with Aston Martin. The DB3, DB3S and DBR1 showed the brilliance of Aston Martin’s engineering and race management teams, whilst drivers such as Stirling Moss, Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori used them to create thrilling magic on the track.
If the heart of the museum is the car, the heart of the car is its engine. Over the years Aston Martin have made trade show specials of their engines, from the classic straight 6 of the DB4, DB5 and DB6 to the V8’s of the 70s, 90’s when each engine proudly bore the name of its maker, and even the 2000’s with the mighty V12 and the pocket V8. We’re lucky to be able to display a wide range of these, either whole or carefully cutaway so that you can see inside and admire the engineering.
Learn about the men who have risked their lives racing in Aston Martin’s over the years. From the stars of the Pre-David Brown racing such as St John ‘Jock’ Horsfall and Mort Morris-Goodall, private racer such as Dick Anthony to the celebrated names of the 1950s such as Stirling Moss and Roy Salvador. We have overalls, helmets and equipment used by them over the years.
The thing that has always set Aston Martin apart is the quality of the craftsmanship that goes into their manufacture. For over 80 years every car was handmade, and even now the cars are assembled by hand rather than by robotics. Our collection of classic tools and measuring instruments attest to the skill behind every car.