40-year-old Aston Martin Bulldog is set to chase 200mph record

The unconventional Aston Martin Bulldog may finally get its moment in the limelight

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Plenty of Aston Martin's current road car fleet can easily hit speeds in excess of 200mph, however, back in the 1970s, 200mph was still very much a 'mythical' number, that only the most high-performance, no-holds-barred cars could dream of attaining.

Enter Aston Martin, who wanted a slice of the 200mph action with its wedge-shaped Bulldog, which was built with one purpose in mind - to try and reach the 200mph mark.

Powered by a 5.3l twin-turbo V8 with 700hp, its power output is still more than impressive in today's high-performance world. However, it proved not to be enough for the Bulldog, as it only managed to hit 191mph at the MIRA test track back in 1969.

Unfortunately, it never managed to reach its mark, as the project was scrapped by then-chairman Victor Gauntlett, due to extraordinarily-high running costs. Now, 40 years later, the Bulldog may well get its moment in the sun, thanks to a comprehensive 18-month restoration project by Classic Motor Cars.

What's more, it's still in the care of a Gauntlett; Victor's son, Richard. According to Richard, the progress on the restoration is going well, and he is confident that the Bulldog will attempt a run before the end of 2021.

Behind the wheel of the unusual Bulldog for its 200mph run will be Aston Martin works driver Darren Turner, who will also be overseeing the final setup and testing stages of the restoration.

"I had heard of the legend of Bulldog from within Aston Martin and when news started to filter out about the car being restored to go for the 200-mph target, I thought that was such a cool thing to do," explains Turner. "I was following the story and thought that it would be great to be involved in."

Turner also said he "didn't need to be asked twice" about driving the car for the attempt, and he's looking forward to being a part of the story.

While there's no confirmed 200mph attempt date, the current aim is to have the run before the year is out. We'll just have to wait and see what happens!

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  • I remember this parked on the village green, outside Mike Loasby's house, the Aston Martin suspension guru at that time. It had a bit of a cover over it, but the breast left one in no doubt what it was. The initial design had the headlamp cover raise halfway to act as the dipping mechanism, but a requirement that it also dip to the left (UK car, after all) meant that a conventional dipping headlamp unit was employed. I still don't know if it was ever road registered beyond being a prototype, as a central lamp is not acceptable and their proximity to the centreline was also in question. It generated a huge amount of publicity at the time, but was (apparently) never intended for production, rather as a technology platform to show what Aston could do.

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