Acquiring an Aston Martin with Premier’s Simple Lease
Premier Financial Services leased its first Aston Martin, a 1965 DB5, in March of 2000. Factory options, however, did not include an ejector seat, machine guns or an oil slick spreader, all of which became associated with the DB5 after its spectacular appearance in “Goldfinger,” the third installment of the James Bond film series.
A promotional display for the film at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York billed the Aston Martin DB5 as “the most famous car in the world,” and the car made a reprise in “Thunderball” the following year. It was certainly more famous than the 1953 DB2/4 drophead coupe driven by Tippi Hedren as socialite Melanie Daniels in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” the year before.
By the time it starred on the big screen, Aston Martin had already been building cars for a half-century. Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford began building 4-cylinder roadsters for hill climbs in 1913; the “Aston” half of the name came from the Aston Clinton hill climb. Its history as a carmaker has not been a long, smooth line but rather a series of undulations, including sellouts, buyouts and international investment.
The revered company found itself part of the Ford empire from 1994-2007, putting it on a course for thrilling new models and higher — though still exclusive — production. A few decades before, Aston’s most famous and vibrant period was known as the “David Brown era.”
Postwar Success and Racing Glory
In 1947, Brown, whose company built farm tractors, bought the Aston Martin marque and, the following year, Lagonda. With Lagonda came an inline-six cylinder engine designed by W.O. Bentley that would power Aston Martins through the 1950s.
The DB4 of 1958, with design by Carrozzeria Touring in Milan, Italy, was built using “superleggera” body construction – aluminum panels over a steel tube-frame structure. Aston Martin also began a tradition of offering very exclusive models. The lightweight DB4 GT, with just 75 built, codified the Aston Martin grand turismo coupe style going into the 1960s.
Rarer still was the DB4 GT Zagato. The Italian design house lightened the car and gave it a more aerodynamic body; 19 were made in the initial batch, and then a handful more as officially sanctioned models in the late 1980s. (Among 1,000 Aston Martin leases written by Premier was $5m DB4 GT Zagato.)
From the early 1930s, Aston Martins amassed a long string of impressive performances at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After taking second place in 1955, 1957 and 1958, Aston finally savored victory in 1959 with a DBR1/300 driven by Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori; another DBR1/300 took second place. Aston Martin also won that year’s Sports Car Constructor’s Championship. In recent years, the company has done quite well in the GT class at Le Mans.
Fame and Fortune in the Swinging ’60s
Racing success and box office fame bolstered Aston Martin’s fortunes. The larger DB6 succeeded the DB5, and among the company’s prettiest cars were the DB5 and DB6 convertibles, called Volantes. A DB6 Volante given by Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Charles for his 21st birthday, was used in the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.
The late 1960s brought a new Aston Martin, the DBS, and a new James Bond, George Lazenby, who drove one in his only film in the series, 1969’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” The DBS made a striking departure from earlier Aston designs. Sharply creased lines, a sweeping fastback roofline, headlights integrated into the grille and a hood scoop gave the new model some Amercian musclecar swagger, though appropriately refined to Aston Martin’s elegant sensibilities. The company’s new 5.3-liter V8 arrived in 1969 and led Aston Martin to call the DBS V8 the world’s fastest four-seater.
(On another Bond note, before he landed the role of super-spy 007, Roger Moore drove a DBS in the 1971 British TV show, “The Persuaders!”)
The Post-David Brown Era
Brown left the company in 1971, and a 1973 restyle to a single-headlight look also dropped “DBS,” the car becoming, simply, the V8. Its variants, including Volantes and Vantages, were built until 1989. Aston also built about 640 wickedly wedgy Lagonda sedans from 1979-1990, and recently revived that badge for another striking four-door currently offered only in Middle East markets. American customers can buy or lease a different and intriguing four-door, the Rapide.
Under the able direction of CEO Andy Palmer, Aston Martin today offers the widest range in its history, including the Vantage V8 and V12 models, DB9, Rapide, Vanquish and hyper-exclusive, track-only Vulcan (just 24 to be built). A 2013 agreement with Daimler will provide Mercedes-AMG V8s for future models, and Aston Martin recently unveiled a crossover, the DBX.
Leasing Your Aston Martin
When you’re ready to add a new, late-model or classic Aston Martin to your collection, your first call should be to Premier Financial Services. Premier has written more than 1,000 Aston Martin leases and was Aston Martin’s Leasing Partner from 2008 to 2015. Our portfolio has included some great vintage and unique models.
Current & Contemporary
Vintage & Classic
|2015 V12 Vantage S||1934 1.5 Litre|
|2015 V8 GT||1953 DB2 Vantage Drophead|
|2015 DB9||1955 DB3S|
|2015 Rapide S||1958 DB 2/4 MKIII Drophead Coupe|
|2014 Vanquish||1959 DB4/GT|
|2012 Virage||1959 Mark III|
|2010 DBS Volante||1960 DB4 GT Zagato|
|2007 V8 Roadster||1964 DB5|
|2005 DB9 Volante||1966 DB6|
|2003 DB AR1||1967 DB6 Volante|
|1998 DB7 Dunhill Edition||1969 DBS|
|1988 Lagonda||1971 DBS V8|
|1987 V8 Vantage Zagato|
The Premier Difference
Premier can do more than just finance your Aston Martin with our PFS Simple Lease, we also specialize in finding resources for appraisals, transportation, restoration and more through partnerships with world-class organizations such as Cosdel International who assists with the importation and exportation process during international transactions.
In 1997, Premier Financial Services began helping clients obtain their dream vehicles through our PFS Simple Lease program, earning us the distinction as the nation’s leading lessor of exotic, vintage, highline and luxury motorcars. Our standard of excellence is unsurpassed in the industry, largely due to our committed team of specialists who are ready to assist you every step of the way. Contact us today and make the car you dream about a genuine reality.