Aston Martin has unveiled its Assured Provenance certification programme
Which, for the first time in the brand’s 102-year history, aims to comprehensively assess the background of its heritage sports cars.
Created to offer a true ‘blue riband’ service to heritage car owners and collectors, and drawing on the unrivalled knowledge of a committee of authoritative Aston Martin experts, what Aston is calling the “pioneering” Assured Provenance certification programme is administered and run by the brand’s world-renowned in-house heritage car facility – Aston Martin Works.
The first official authentication programme to be provided in-house by Aston Martin, the new scheme offers four levels of verification to take into account not simply all-original examples, but also sports cars that have been modified by Aston Martin itself over the years.
And truly modern methods will be employed, says the prestige car maker.
As part of the painstaking procedure of examination and authentication, all cars submitted to the process will undergo a digital scan, which will be verified and held in a secure archive for future reference. Every car will be assessed at Aston Martin’s heritage restoration, service and repair facility – Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.
There, cars submitted to the programme will undergo a thorough visual and mechanical investigation, says Aston. Those details, along with a full provenance record, will then be presented to the newly created Sanctioning Committee for its deliberations.
Sure to be a nerve-wracking time for those putting their historic, and often priceless, Astons through the process, successful cars will then be awarded one of four levels of Assured Provenance - ranging from Platinum to Bronze depending on their condition, history and significance.
The Sanctioning Committee evaluating each car and delivering its verdict comprises experts from Aston Martin, including Aston Martin Works’ staff.
Owners of successful cars in the Assured Provenance process will be supplied with a hand-crafted presentation case comprising a richly illustrated photographic record book, all-important Heritage Assured Provenance certificate, USB with digital data and two sets of dashboard and sill plaques.
The official verification and authentication certification scheme involves a two-stage fee: one to initially enter the car for consideration and a further fee should the car be successful.
Aston is remaining tight-lipped on what that fee is. But for owners of cars like the beautiful DB5 or rare DB6, for example, it’s sure to be more than worth it. Paul Spires, Managing Director of Aston Martin Works, said: “The values of many Aston Martin models are now such that a formal, officially sanctioned and operated, provenance certification scheme is a natural development for the brand.
“As with everything we do here at Aston Martin Works we will take the utmost care to painstakingly assess each car submitted to this process, thereby allowing the Sanctioning Committee to make a fully informed decision about the cars put forward for consideration.”
The first cars being submitted for authentication will be received within the next few weeks, with the first meeting of the Sanctioning Committee set to take place this month.