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How the Aston Martin One-77 Is Made

Posted December 23, 2011 8:00 AM by CarDomain

A gorgeous set of photos posted today on Wired detail the process of constructing the One-77, Aston's ultra-exclusive flagship vehicle that we first showed you last month at the LA Auto Show. Aston Martins have always been handbuilt, but with the One-77 the company took it a step further, distilling only their "A Team" builders to work in a seperate facility on these cars, and bringing parts, tools, and personnel to each vehicle, (rather than moving each vehicle through a series of workstations), in a process more akin to old-school coachwork than assembly-line production. And look, not a single robot in the place! Though the result is well out of our price-range, it's good to know that this artisan level of maufacturing still exists somewhere in the auto industry. And hey, there's nothing stopping you from having a unique, 100% handcrafted vehicle that's built to your own personal specs: it's called a project car.

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01/10/2012 10:58 AM

Such a vehicle is only for the very wealthy and I am not one of them...... but I completely endorse retaining this hand made construction method. Pressing buttons on a welding machine cannot give the operator any satisfaction and certainly no skills. The ability to use the brain and hands to create something of beauty and usefullness could rapidly dissapear if not for such manufacturing "old fashioned" methods. Whem I was a young lad, I made radios (and, later, radio-control systems) from an aluminum chassis, cut holes for the valves, mounted transformers, rectifier, beautiful "twin-gang tuning condensors," soldered it all together etc. What a feeling of achievement when the whole thing worked!

Now, when I fix an appliance (or anything else for that matter) at home, my wife will say incredulously "who taught you to do things like that?" The answer is, as always, "I taught myself when I was a young lad."

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