This Is Aston Martin’s Smallest Car You’ve Never Heard Of

This interesting little hot hatch was exhibited at the Los Angeles Motor Show in 1982 and was ordered from Dutton-Forshaw Maidstone by Wendal ‘Rick’ Mc Bride, the man who named the wild De Tomaso Pantera. Based on the Austin Metro, these cars were sent to the Aston Martin Tickford department for conversion into “Frazer-Tickford” examples. Only three were ever built for the American market.

The exterior features a Cairngorm Brown paint job and an impressive full wide body kit. At the front end sits four Marchal fog lights, and the car is emblazoned with enamel name badges. The exterior look is finished off by a sunroof and 5 1/2J alloy wheels. The interior features Saddle leather and Chocolate piped seats with Wilton carpets. The tiny 1.3-liter naturally-aspirated engine was tweaked by Aston Martin, and features a Weber twin-choke carburetor, a more aggressive camshaft, bigger valves, and a gas-flowed cylinder head. The total power output? A massive 80 horsepower. Aston Martin also fitted a handling pack for improved driving dynamics.

Source: Aston Martin DB11 Coupe | CarBuzz

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