Bruno von Nünlist has a strong predilection for British automobiles. CineCars travelled to Switzerland to video three of his thoroughbreds. Today we present episode 2, ‘Der Aston Martin’.
Aston Martin is the car manufacturer that awakens the little boy inside Bruno von Nünlist. That makes him dream of a fantasy world full of glitter and glamour. A world where James Bond’s male chauvinism stays afloat without a single interruption in the surface. Aston Martin and James Bond. Because Martini’s should be shaken, not stirred. Certainties that make life worth dreaming of. Like the fact that there is a little boy that would love to get behind the wheel of an Aston Martin inside every grown up man. Stylish, self assured, sharply dressed. There are no reasonable arguments to buy an Aston Martin. They would shatter the dream in one gigantic blow.
The DB7 is the very reason that Aston Martin still exists. Without this strong example of British accounting they would have never survived the nineties. Based on the underpinnings of the Jaguar XJS, with an already painted body delivered straight from the Rolls Royce works in Crewe and a sumptuous straight six engine that Tom Walkinshaw Racing had provided with a very smooth supercharger, de DB7 was exactly the bestseller they needed. Luxurious, comfy and sufficiently fast. It is precisely as Bruno puts it, toys for big boys. A little boastful, a tad too much midlife crisis, maybe a bit too much toward a ‘sassy blonde’, but never over the top. An Aston Martin DB7 always keeps its ‘cool’, in a DB7 one never loses their credibility.
Aston Martin was at a dead end when the DB7 came to the rescue. It managed to overshadow the debacle of the Lagonda, to shake of the demons from the past. The DB7 paved the road for a completely new generation of sports cars. The Vantage, the DB9, cars that made Aston Martin return amongst the great. Without the DB7 they would have never existed. It is not a thoroughbred sports car, not an unmanageable lump of power. The DB7 is understated, with soft but never vulgar lines, an engine that is powerful enough and a roadholding that is taut but never harsh. A Gran Turismo in its purest form. A GT like they were meant to be. Maybe that is what gave this car such a key role in the survival of Aston Martin. Back to the roots, away from the powerhouse, the succulent luxury and the almost American size. The DB7 brought Aston Martin back amongst the people, back to reality. Albeit in a dream world one could relate to again.
A motorcar like this has a story that digs so much deeper than the lascivious design leads to think. So much more importance than the appealing appearance shows. He doesn’t want to say it aloud, but there is no doubt that this is the reason why Bruno von Nünlist chose exactly this Aston Martin to add to his collection. His love for heritage is what gives exactly this model the right of existence that makes it worthy of being part of that collection. This and this alone is reason enough to watch the chemistry between car and man. It is not just sparking underneath that big black bonnet.
Marc GF Zaan