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Here Is Why The Aston Martin V8 Needs A Worthy Companion

Michael Banovsky By Michael Banovsky
October 16, 2015
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Photography by Michael Schaap

It’s funny how things work out sometimes, in this case, the pursuit of a 1974 Aston Martin V8. In the span of a few weeks, I’d been introduced to photographer Michael Schaap and video game producer Martine Spaans, who not only drives a great Aston Martin and lives a short distance from Michael.

You know what’s cool? This car was first owned by the manager of Roxy Music.

Martine has had the car since 2008, saying it’s been a running project ever since. The first three years of ownership were spent getting it back into roadworthy shape, then two years of on-road use left Martine with a list of things to improve.

Since, it’s been at a friend’s garage and is “nearly done”, except for its cracking 41-year-old paint.

For this shoot, Michael had the idea to present both Martine and her car like you would if you encountered the pair on the road. You’d say, “Is that a…?” and swing your car around. Without further adieu, here is Martine and her 1974 V8.

Special thanks to Martine and Michael for arranging this shoot and living through a spot of overheating!

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Ian Miles
Ian Miles

Well Gun Slinger is well up the hyperbole curve as ever. “the Mustangs influence on the design of the V8 are beyond blatant”. The DB6 had a very traditonal rounded aero design. The DBS debuted in 67. It was much squarer than the DB6 in line with car design, lead by the Italians, at that time. Given the length of Aston’s design process, the debut of the Mustang in 65, it seems unlikely. You could argue the V8 has some similarities to the Boss 302 but it was on the market much earlier and the simialrities are vague. The AMV8… Read more »

Brett Cambern
Brett Cambern

Lovely car and lovely story. I have to confess, though, that when I saw the first shot I was wondering if that was morning mist or an overheating radiator. 🙂

JB21
JB21

I thought the same, and thought, “how appropriate!”

Iain Wilson
Iain Wilson

What aboot yon bonny lad Paul that bashed the drums like, I can see him doon the toon on a Saturday neet with his Aston…

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

By far the most bad***ed , ill behaved , rude/crude and vicious to drive production Astons they’ve ever built . The Shelby Mustang of Aston Martin if you will [ the Mustangs influence on the design of the V8 are beyond blatant ] Which is when alls said and done why I love em . Why i hate them is because the things spend more time in garages being repaired than they ever do on the road and have done since new . But god knows .. I love em anyway . Wouldn’t own one to save my life .… Read more »

Rik
Rik

As always… utter nonsense.

Iain Wilson
Iain Wilson

Too many times beautiful
Too many times sad
Too many times wonderful