10 Jun 2016

3 Reasons for Needing Bodywork on your Car

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Are you fed up with that dent on the front of your car because you sat on it? Did you accidentally scratch your car when you bumped past it? No matter what the problem is, there will always be a point where you will need to repair your car, whether that be to fix a dent or to install a new bumper.

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10 May 2016

The Different Headlights You Can Put in Your Car

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If your headlights have been damaged somehow and you want to replace them, or if you’re simply tired of the same old bulbs in your car, then it might be time to revamp your ride! Still, as soon as you make the decision of purchasing new lights for your vehicle, you might be facing yet another problem: with so many options available, how can you even make a decision? Read more

27 Apr 2016

The Fast and the Classic: 1972 Ford Gran Torino

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There are few movie series as beloved and watched by car lovers as the Fast & Furious franchise. The last movie Furious 7, released in 2015, gained $1,514,019,071 at the worldwide box office. It features during the chase between the US and Mexico border in Fast & Furious, a thrilling chase that seemed to push the car to its limits and the audience to the edge of their seats.

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07 Apr 2016

Pimp My Ride: Why a Car Body Repair Will Change Your Ride Forever

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Tired of that unseemly dent? Sick of feeling embarrassed when you roll up with a scratch roughly the size and shape of The Shard? Inevitably your car can not remain in pristine condition, crashes are the likely culprit but the fact is that the outside world comes with many dangers for your pride and joy.

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23 Mar 2016

Bond with the Car of Your Dreams: Aston Martin DB5

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There are few cars that have made such an impact on the world as the DB5 – from its sleek chassis to the leather interior, everything about this particular Aston Martin doesn’t scream cool; it politely says it in a gentlemanly fashion.

It’s most famous for being James Bond’s car of choice, first in the 1964 hit Goldfinger, and has been used in numerous other times since, most notably in the Daniel Craig’s 2012 outing, Skyfall.

Gadgets Galore

The big screen version of the DB5 came kitted out with some nifty gadgets, including:

  • An ejector seat
  • Bullet-proof rear window shield
  • Rotating number plate
  • Rear bumper oil spray
  • Front bumper machine guns
  • Tyre shredders

Pretty much everything that a spy needs to get out of a sticky spot when facing down villains bent on world domination.

But the real life version of the DB5 is certainly no less impressive. Designed by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggara, the Italian coachbuilders, it first hit the market a year before Goldfinger, in 1963, and comes in all sorts of variants, from the convertible to the high performance DB5 Vantage.

The general specifications for the standard – if you dare call the DB5 ‘standard’ – model includes:

  • 3995cc engine
  • 288lb-ft, 3850rpm torque
  • 143mph top speed
  • 0-60mph in 8 seconds
  • 282 brake horse power
  • 4-speed manual transmission

A Luxury Model

During its two-year production run, between ’63 and ’65, Aston Martin produced just 1,023 of the luxury models. That means, if you’re looking to get your hands on one, you’re looking to pay top dollar (or pound sterling, since we’re talking about a British car made famous by a British spy).

Ok, you’re probably not going to end up paying £2.6 million, as one fan did, when a screen-used DB5 came up for auction in 2010, but it’ll still set you back several thousand pounds to own one of the best-loved grand tourers the world has ever seen.

Of course, for slightly less money, you might be able to pick up James Bond’s first actual on-screen car, the 1962 Sunbeam Alpine – or even the Aston Martin he drove in Ian Fleming’s novel, the exquisite DB Mark III.

And if you do happen to own one of these delightful cars made famous in the movies, we’d absolutely love to show it some TLC – we’ll treat your vehicle with all the love Bond showed Pussy Galore! So get in contact with the Smartway team for all your body repair works.