An Epic Restoration

Practical Classics | Classic Car & Restoration Show 2019 | NEC | An Epic Restoration

You expect to see a lot of things on a hill, in Wales, but not an Aston Martin DB4 rotting in a corrugated cow shed.

After some investigation, long-term marque specialist and restorer Roger Bennington thought the same and set himself a mission – to restore it. And that’s where, in 2006, this particular DB4 began its restoration journey.

The classic was well used by its owner, Nevill Albert Rees, up until it dropped a valve and developed a misfire in 1982. Around 25 years later, Bennington discovered its 70s style vinyl roof and a tow bar – it had been used to pull a caravan.

Being one of the few pre-production cars built in 1958, the DB4 had definitely seen better days and Bennington was determined for it to see them again. Especially after finding out that this could very much be the earliest surviving DB4 in the world.

After some persuasion, Rees sold his car to Bennington with the promise it’d be restored. It took five years of pondering before work commenced. It’s now finished but not without its hidden horrors. Rotten Superleggera tubing and golf balls falling out from holes in the boot floor are just a couple of issues. Despite this, rats’ nests and having to pay over the odds for a new grille – only to cut it up – Bennington most certainly looks on the bright side; they had everything there to work from, after all.

A drive was promised to Rees, but he sadly passed away just before it was completed. Now Bennington is honouring his promises – to cherish this classic and never to sell it.