Desmond J. Smail
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For the dedicated chassis restorers and coachbuilders, if the results aren't perfect, the job isn't finished, it’s that simple. Whether a hand-build classic restoration or the repair of a modern Aston Martin, the standards are exacting: from the fitting of a door 'just so' to the cutting of millimetre-perfect aluminium shapes.


Working in partnership with Langford Performance Engineering we have rebuilt many DB4, DB5 and DB6 engines to extremely high standards commensurate with the increasing value of these beautiful cars.

Various options are available whilst having your engine rebuilt, including capacity increases, mapped distributors and even complete engine management systems. Other standard enhancements can be carried out at the time of rebuild improving oil consumption rate and elimination of smoking for example.


The most important part of an Aston Martin restoration! After the chassis and body work is completed, we utilise our decades of experience to ensure the restored vehicle is put back together with exact precision.


Even with enhancements such as modern sound and heat proofing, or stainless steel fixings, your Aston Martin will look and feel as good as it did on the day it was built, if not better. That is our promise!


Our upholstery team in the restoration department is led by Joe Dorrill, who has been trimming Aston Martins since 1960. He knows the inside of any model, and, as importantly, how to make it look great.

Through a combination of cutting, shaping, hand-sewing and fitting, we can keep your interior looking immaculate. Joe’s work is fit for royalty and James Bond, having been responsible for trimming the royal wedding DB6 and the legendary Goldfinger DB5, while working for the factory.


Restoration Project : 1964 DB5 Saloon


Make/Model: 1964 Aston Martin DB5

Registration No.: MUG 27

Chassis No.: DB5/1483/R

Engine No.: 400/1465


At Desmond J. Smail restoration projects are our passion. Recently we were proud to handover a fully restored DB5 Saloon to the new owner.


The car has undergone a comprehensive chassis repair, with new steel used to rebuild the chassis where required. The chassis was powder coated before fitting the new body. The hand beaten and rolled 19 gauge aluminium body has been finished in Aston Martin Cumberland grey metallic paintwork from the era.


A red leather hide with contrasting dark grey carpets was chosen for the interior trimming.


Under the bonnet, the engine was fully rebuilt with single billet crankshaft, 4.2 pistons and head work to suit unleaded fuel and amended compression ratio to suit modern fuel with a 123 ignition system.


Other period upgrades include, discretely mounted electric power assisted steering, Desmond J. Smail bespoke air conditioning system, coil over damper rear suspension, stainless steel wire wheels, a state of the art modern 5 speed manual gearbox, and a bespoke stainless steel exhaust system.


The car not only looks beautiful but drives like a modern car with the enhancements made and is a true evocation of the Desmond J. Smail spirit of 'keeping the legend alive'!