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Ultra-Rare Aston Martin Bulldog to Undergo Restoration

The rebuilt one-off supercar will then hit the track once again.


  • Only one Aston Martin Bulldog exists in the world
  • The car will receive a full, 18-month restoration
  • The Bulldog is powered by a 600-horsepower, twin-turbo V8 engine

Back in 1980, the Aston Martin Bulldog was unveiled as a rolling technological showcase, flaunting the capabilities of the British company’s new engineering facility in Newport Pagnell. A production of 15 to 25 cars was originally planned, but the project was canned due to excessive costs.

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As a result, only one Aston Bulldog exists in the world, and its owner is about to give it a nut-and-bolt restoration at Classic Motor Cars in Bridgnorth, England. The Bulldog was penned by William Towns, whose styling creativity gave us the 1967-1972 Aston Martin DBS, the 1972-1976 Jensen-Healey, the 1974-1990 Aston Martin Lagonda and some other lesser-known cars.

The Aston Martin Bulldog is equipped with a mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged, 5.3-litre V8 that is said to produce 600 horsepower (608 PS) and 500 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to this tremendous output and drag coefficient of 0.34, the automaker claimed a top speed of 237 mph (379 km/h). However, the car never reached that during testing, as it recorded a max velocity of 191 mph (306 km/h) in 1981.

Following the 18-month restoration, the car’s owner is planning to hit the track and reach the magic 200-mph mark, and then take the one-off Bulldog on a world tour.

“We want to put the car back in its original configuration, but we may include modern components and technology to improve the car’s reliability,” said Nigel Woodward, Managing Director at CMC. “Overall, we want to keep the original engineering architecture and appearance of the car.”

However, the restoration work might not be a walk in the park for the eight-person team, as the Aston Martin Bulldog is a unique, custom-built car with lots of documentation, but likely not as much as with a typical production car. CMC is also asking the public to send them whatever pictures or information they would have lying around, in order to add it to the archived material.

“At the moment, we are assuming that nothing on the car works and I am sure that as we take it apart, we will find all sorts of challenges. We have a huge history on file on the car and are working with the engineers who originally built the car, but there is much more we would like to know,” said Woodward. “Who changed the colour of the car, it was originally white and grey, not green; when it was given carburettors, etc.” he added.

The fully restored Aston Martin Bulldog should re-appear sometime in the summer of 2021.

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