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
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.