Motor mouth: bonded to the myth

Motor mouth: bonded to the myth - Arnold Toynbee once said that myth is a very strange thing: it feeds off itself and the more it eats, the bigger it gets. One of the biggest myths is the desirability of fast, beautiful cars. The DB7 Vantage is fast and b

by STEPHEN BAYLEY

Arnold Toynbee once said that myth is a very strange thing: it feeds off itself and the more it eats, the bigger it gets. One of the biggest myths is the desirability of fast, beautiful cars. The DB7 Vantage is fast and beautiful, but why exactly would you want to own one?

Maybe you have James Bond fantasies. The name is Martin, Aston Martin.

In fact, Ian Fleming's original drove a Blower Bentley, but the Cubby Broccoli interpretation put Sean Connery in an Aston Martin DB5 and a conceptual loop was closed forever. Never mind that this most English of cars was driven by a Scots actor and that its elegant body was designed by one Gaetano Ponzi working for an Italian carrozzeria (admittedly with the anglophile and anglophone name of Touring).

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