Aston Martin specialist Aston Workshop has doubled the capacity of its car transport operation by up-sizing from a 7.5-tonner to a highly-specced 12-tonne Mercedes-Benz Atego. The Durham-based company goes far beyond carrying out routine maintenance on the iconic British marque, offering a service to thoroughly update classic models and create modern reinterpretations. It can even convert classic DB4, 5 and 6 models to electric power.
The Atego 1224 has the largest cab available on the model, the BigSpace, and is powered by the 7.7-litre 238hp engine through a 6-speed PowerShift 3 transmission. It was supplied by Bell Truck and Van at Billingham, and benefits from a five-year Mercedes-Benz Complete Service Contract.
The extra capacity which allows it carry two cars comes from the higher GVW and its fully-enclosed twin-deck transporter body from the German bodybuilder Moetefind, supplied by its UK agent, JAC Technologies, of Dereham, Norfolk. The secure box body features three-fold loading ramps that give an extremely low loading angle for the lowest cars. The truck’s contents are in no doubt thanks to the graphics featuring images of classic Aston Martin cars, applied by Top Signs, of Hexham, Northumberland.
The company’s workshop manager Neil Calvert said “Our old transporter had a single deck and could only move one car at a time. The fact that the new truck can carry two cars gives us much more flexibility and will help us to meet the demands of our growing business.”