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About us

No-one understands your passion for Aston Martin like Desmond J. Smail Limited.

Specialising in the sales, restoration and servicing of Aston Martins past and present, we’re one of the world’s leading experts when it comes to the legendary marque.

Aston Martin is in our DNA. We have worked solely with the brand for almost half a century, and our base in Buckinghamshire is just a stone’s throw from the original Aston Martin factory in Newport Pagnell.

Our 6,000ft² facility is home to over 300 years of Aston Martin experience, with many members of our talented team having worked for the manufacturer. Together, we provide world-class servicing and restoration of post-1958 models, while Aston Service London offers a full service facility for our London-based clients.

But we’re not just about the cars that made Aston Martin famous. Our sister site in West London, Aston Sales of Kensington offers a range of new era models.

Should you ever need a spare part, whatever model you drive, we can get you back on the road sooner, stocking more than half-a-million pounds of spares.

Team overview

Desmond J. Smail – Owner
Desmond is affectionately known as 'Mr. Aston Martin', telling you everything you need to know. He’s one of the most renowned characters in the Aston Martin world, having first worked on the brand in 1976 as an apprentice mechanic. There’s probably nobody that has spent more time behind the wheel of a Vanquish than Desmond.

Mark Busfield – Managing Director
After starting off as an apprentice mechanic, Mark spent 30 years in motorsport, managing manufacturer campaigns in the FIA World Rally Championship and FIA World Touring Car Championship, most recently bringing home three world titles. His love of the automobile goes beyond the workplace: in his spare time, Mark campaigns a classic trials car.

Mark Hewitt – Parts Manager
With 27 years at Aston Martin's Newport Pagnell site to his name, Mark and his encyclopedic knowledge of the DB4 and Vanquish models joined the team in 2010. He can locate even the most obsolete parts in the shortest possible time, test him!

Mark Lever – Workshop Manager

Including the pinnacle of the sport, Formula One, Mark brings three decades of experience and know-how from the world of motorsport to the workshop. Among the highlights, Mark worked with Cosworth as a Development & Trackside Support Engineer on a variety of projects, including Jaguar F1 and with Fernando Alonso during his rookie season at Minardi, while Aston Martin is in his blood, through several Le Mans campaigns with Prodrive.

 

Jonathan Brock - Sales Manager

With a wealth of experience initially growing up in Olney in the local family car business in a variety of roles, Jonathan also shares the family passion for Vintage and Classic cars.  He left the family firm to gain experience in sales and sales management for Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Land Rover before joining Desmond J Smail.


Our team of dedicated technicians, upholsters, engine builders and chassis craftsmen offer an unrivalled combination of experience, and are committed to delivering the outstanding service that has made Desmond J. Smail a market leader. With decades spent working on the cars, the team is happy to share their knowledge with those who are starting their Aston Martin journey.

Company history

After cutting his teeth with Aston Martin specialist Peter Austen Smith, Desmond J. Smail branched out with his own business in the 1980s.

In 1997, the recruitment of long-serving employees from Aston Martin's Newport Pagnell facility added decades of experience and enhanced the skillset of the company.

With a reputation as one of the world's leading Aston Martin specialists and a 6,000ft2 showroom in Olney, the business continues to go from strength to strength, as Desmond approaches 40 years in the industry.
Desmond J. Smail showroom, Olney Bucks
1960
In the same year Aston Martin's limited edition DB4GT Zagato rolls out of Newport Pagnell, Desmond J. Smail is born, and from this the love affair began.

1976
Desmond joins Peter Austen Smith as trainee mechanic.

1981
Desmond establishes his own business.

1985
Desmond's Aston Martin experience is put into practice when he opens a workshop in Buckinghamshire.

1990
Due to growth, the business was required to find new, larger premises where the restoration, service and parts workshops remain today.
 
1997
A Desmond J. Smail-prepared DB5 becomes one of the first ever Aston Martins to complete the Peking to Paris Challenge, finishing 11th overall.

2005
A new part of the family, Aston Sales of Kensington opens, offering a range of Aston Martins for sale in London.

2008
The company expands incorporating, Ian Mason Aston Martin Services, established in the Capital in the 1970s. Renamed 'Aston Service London' opens, with Aston Sales Kensington under one roof.

2010
Desmond opens a new 6,000ft2 showroom in Olney.

2013
Desmond J. Smail joins Aston Martin community in celebrating the manufacturer's Centenary Year.

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