More than 40 years ago, Aston Martin claimed that his bulldog concept car would hit 200 miles per hour. After all these years a small recovery company is trying to get it there and in the process, they have achieved another bit of history. The Bulldog has just become the youngest car to win the Coppa d’Oro award at the Concorso d’Eleganza in Ville d’Este.
The Concorso D’Eleganza, or the Competition of Elegance in English, features a number of stunning classic cars. Among the prizes of the game, the Copa d’Oro is special because it is specially selected by the other participants in the competition.
Last year, the winner was the 1930 Lancia Dilambada Serie I. In fact, over the years, most of the winners have come from the 1930s, and the youngest at this point was the 1968 Alfa Romeo 33-2 Straddle Scaglion Coupe. . So the Bulldogs set a whole new bar for the Copa d’Or.
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When the car was new it reached a top speed of 192 miles per hour and Aston Martin himself planned to take it 200 miles per hour and then set 25 examples to sell to wealthy fans. Instead, the whole project was put on hold and the only example was made, it was sold and kept hidden for decades.
Now it has been found that more than 6,000 hours have been spent on the recovery platform under the direction of Richard Gauntlet, son of the former owner of Aston Martin. Gantlett was assigned by the new owner of the car, Philip Sarofim, who is still very focused on reaching 200 miles per hour with the Bulldog.
“Winning at Ville D’Este is an important occasion – winning such a prestigious and historic award at its first concourse is a testament to the incredible work of the CMC and the wild vision of Aston Martin’s engineering prowess. The next challenge is to get the car to 200 miles per hour, and we’ll get to a place later this year that we’ll announce soon. “
For all the stories and events we see supercars or ideas that are stored in a museum with delivery mileage, let’s not forget that every time someone out there does something special to them like a bulldog. Hopefully, by the end of this year we will be able to report a successful trip of 200 miles per hour.