Aston Martin Bulldog Provenance, Large Quantity of Information and Photos 1980's For Sale
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Aston Martin Bulldog Provenance, Large Quantity of Information and Photos 1980's:
In the late 1980's one of my close friends came within a few swipes of a pen to buying the Aston Martin Bulldog.
At the time, he owned a gorgeous Maserati Ghibli SS, and was interested in adding to his collection.
During his court ship of the Bulldog, he accrued a rather large amount of paperwork, and first hand photos of the car.
The paperwork pertained to the owner at the time, Saudi Arabian Prince, Mohammed Din Bandar Al Saud
There are multiple dispositions about the car in this paperwork, from lawyers, and technicians involved, as the car, then in 1985 had suffered some significant neglect, and was only in the USA under "diplomatic immunity", thus allowing the Prince to drive it around LA and Arizona etc.
A "PPI" of sorts was commissioned in 1987, and the subsequent reports are included, as well as a laundry list of conclusions, and work needed.
It reads like an intense story focused on the incredible Bulldog, and is fascinating provenance. Receipts for the work done are also included.
Then the plot thickens. Lawyers get involved, as the car was disassembled, and the shop doing the work went out of business, a new shop takes over, and also even Peter Gaydon from the Aston Martin factory sends a letter backing the skills of the new shop and technicians involved.
The car at this point is apart, and needs reassembly. Paperwork is also involved in the movement of it as it goes from Alfa Tacoma, down to Arizona to 2/3 different shops.
Also, the manifest to get the car INTO the US, from the Prince, is included.
46 glossy color photos are also included, backing up the technicians statements etc.
A bill for $73,504.39 from the shop...an astounding amount at the time for a car that was ahead of it's time, but apparently lay in mechanical disarray.
All of these documents (except maybe a few?) are copies that were given to my friend as he considered making the purchase.
Ultimately, he did NOT purchase the Bulldog, as the "diplomatic" grey market aspect of the car, and trying to bring it into the USA would've been a rather large economic investment he did not want to take.
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