The day in which Aston Martin has created its own utility, an Austin Metro with tuxedo

do You remember the Aston Martin Cygnet? A few years ago Aston Martin we was surprised with a car that, as a minimum, no one expected. The Cygnet was essentially a Toyota iQ dressed in a tuxedo, with a bodywork specific, a grill generous, the emblem of Aston Martin and an internal work worthy of the best of the Aston Martin, upholstery and linings assembled by hand with a mimo unprecedented in a car of its size. But it turns out that was not the first time that Aston Martin dared with a car of this features, and far of the gran turismo and the sports in which you’ll be thinking every time you hear the name Aston Martin.

as having these days in, in 1981 was that, to a certain extent, we could consider as the first utility in the Aston Martin, or at least the closest thing to the Cygnet has been an Aston Martin “for all audiences”. At the beginning of the eighties was born Frazer (nothing to do with the old Frazer Nash), a company that partnered with the engineering company Tickford, which in turn contributed in projects of Aston Martin and Lagonda, and that as these last two, it was the property of David Brown, whose initials are still present in the series DB of Aston Martin.

Frazer and Tickford, with the support of Aston Martin, they created a different version, posh, sporty, and elegant, the famous Austin Metro.


  • engine 1.3 S was improved by Aston Martin, which also developed its chassis, and redesigned its interior. It improved the aerodynamics, and appearance in general, to differentiate him from the Austin Metro and integrated details curious at the time, as the four fog lights, panoramic roof glass, seats able to recline completely, cruise control, electric windows, a stereo high-fidelity acoustic insulation and to a really high level for a car of its size.

    The improvement of its engine – that reached up to the 80 HP of power – not only made sense to offer adequate benefits, but also to compensate for the 90 kg that amounted to all their equipment, and the improvement of the acoustic insulation. But the big problem remained in that the Frazer Tickford was no more than an Austin Metro posh, and refurbished, which by the very good reviews it received in 1981, was still costing 12,000 lbs of the time, the price of a Rover 3500SE or a Porsche 924. In the Popular Mechanics of February of 1982 (see file of Google Books), defined as a proper car “for those britons who not only want a car to get to your destination, but also enjoy doing it.”

    which illustrates this entry, for example, is a Frazer Tickford 1982, which was auctioned at the end of 2004 by 4,600 pounds, virtually as new, since she hadn’t traveled more than 4.105 km. What you can see in this entry of the house, Bonhams.

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