The surprise about Aston Martin’s classic car certification scheme announced today is that it is the firm’s first in 102-years. There’s no surprise about where Aston has chosen to launch it: Goodwood, home of so many famous Aston Martin victories both in period and at Revival – 15 classic Astons, from 1930 International to the 1963 Project 214, are racing here this weekend alone.
The new scheme is called Assured Provenance and is modelled pretty closely on the industry leading Ferrari Classiche.
So in return for a fee, your heritage sports car – road or racing, and including cars that have been modified by Aston Martin over the years – gets inspected at Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell and after due deliberation by the grand-sounding Sanctioning Committee has its Assured Provenance confirmed.
There’s actually a bit more to it than that. All cars are subject not just to a visual and mechanical investigation by Works personnel, but also the scrutiny of a digital scan. Cars that pass are credited with one of four levels of Assured Provenance: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze depending, says Aston, on their condition, history and significance.
Cars that pass are returned to their owners with a presentation case containing Assured Provenance certificate, a photographic record of the car, a USB with its digital data…and two sets of dashboard and sill plaques.
Plus one imagines a great deal of peace of mind…
Paul Spires, Managing Director of Aston Martin Works, tells us: ‘The values of many Aston Martin heritage models are now such that a formal, officially sanctioned and operated, provenance certification scheme is a natural development for the brand.’