One of a kind Aston Martin Bulldog

One of a kind Aston Martin Bulldog


Aston Martin has produced many beautiful and unusual cars with incredible performance. In the 1970s, after several changes of ownership, the British company decided to show its capabilities with the Aston Martin Bulldog concept model. Despite plans for a limited series production, only one was made.

Work on the Bulldog, originally designated DP K.901 (or DP K9.01), began in 1977. They were led by Mike Loasby, who was replaced in 1979 by Keith Hallam (Loasby left Aston Martin to join the DeLorean Motor Company). . According to ideas, it was supposed to be the fastest passenger car in the world, full of technical innovations. William Towns, who had a design to his credit, was responsible for the body design Aston Martin Lagonda.

Aston Martin Bulldog

It was officially presented on March 27, 1980 at the Bell Hotel in Aston Clinton and was called the Aston Martin Bulldog. From the beginning, the car attracted the attention of the audience, mainly because of its dimensions – 4.7 m in length and only 1.1 m in height. Under the bonnet is an eight-cylinder engine with a capacity of 5.3 liters and 730 hp, equipped with two turbochargers.

The brown leather interior was packed with gadgets and LED displays. Due to the low silhouette, the door was opened hydraulically at the top, and the front lights (more than five lights) were hidden in the middle of the hood, behind the folded cover. Initially, the car did not have mirrors to reduce air resistance while driving.

Aston Martin Bulldog
Aston Martin Bulldog

During the tests, the Bulldog reached a speed of 307 km / h, but according to the developers it was able to accelerate to 381 km / h (however, this has never been measured). Mass production of 15 to 25 units was considered, but plans failed. Due to high production costs, the company’s management decided not to develop the Bulldog. Accordingly, in 1984 the same example was sold for £130,000 (now about £397,200) to a collector in the Middle East and later found in the United States.

Several years later, he returned to England (the final price of the car was 1.3 million pounds (sic!)), but he has experienced many changes in the meantime. Subsequent owners changed the body color from silver to green, the brown leather upholstery was replaced with beige, and side mirrors and a rear camera were added.