Old car

Help track down a legend

The hunt goes on for one of the most sought-after cars in British motoring history…

Few towns can boast a car named after them – but Newport Pagnell can, thanks to Salmons & Sons.

As highlighted in Chris Nelson’s  latest booklet, the ‘NP Light Vehicle’ was an ambitious venture in the 1920s by the family-owned firm that later became Aston Martin.

Just 400 were built and despite publicity from his new book, none have yet turned up …although, in a timely reminder to jog folk’s memories, a couple of black and white photographs have!

Local enthusiasts Paul and Wendy Richardson  (pictured here with the author at a recent book-signing session) snapped up the photos for a few £s at an auction of automobilia.

But the town – and the motoring world - is still waiting to catch a glimpse of the real thing!

Find out more about this unique, rare and very valuable ‘NP’ vehicle in Salmons & Sons and Aston Martin ISBN: 9780954143275 pb 68pp illustrated  £6 – and set the motoring world agog if you know where to find one (or even parts of one!).


… it could be worth a fortune 


Aston Martin DB2 4 MK II
● This wreck of an Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II went for £54,000

Take another look in those barns or out-buildings, that wreck of an old car in the corner under a tarpaulin might just be worth a fortune!

Proof yet again that old Aston Martin cars fetch spectacular sums, came at a recent Bonhams auction when this 60-year-old  rusty wreck of a  DB2/4 MkII went for more than £54,000 – with a likely restoration bill many times that size, still to come.

Offering the basic background to all versions of this sports car marque, Chris Nelson’s Salmons & Sons and Aston Martin is a perfect companion for any fortune-hunter hoping to discover one of these legends.

As often as not, the company can also add something of the car’s history  – and this one was no exception.

Built in 1957 at the Newport Pagnell Works, the car was first owned by John Dawnay, the future Viscount Downe, a Yorkshire scientist and engineer who loved Aston Martins and was president of the Owners’ Club in the 1980s.

Other owners before it was discarded included Freddie Mills, the one-time World boxing champion who became an actor and night-club owner late in his career.