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DB7: the car that saved Aston Martin

Autocar Logo By Richard Bremner of Autocar | Slide 2 of 9: While one-time owner Victor Gauntlett and his tiny team were battling to develop the Vanquish, a much-needed replacement for the V8 (pictured), surprise help came from perhaps the closest equivalent to ‘M’ that the Ford Motor Company could muster, in the shape of charming PR head-honcho, Sir Walter Hayes. Supremely well connected, Hayes was a close friend of Henry Ford II, and wrote a biography of 'the deuce'.

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While one-time owner Victor Gauntlett and his tiny team were battling to develop the Vanquish, a much-needed replacement for the V8 (pictured), surprise help came from perhaps the closest equivalent to ‘M’ that the Ford Motor Company could muster, in the shape of charming PR head-honcho, Sir Walter Hayes. Supremely well connected, Hayes was a close friend of Henry Ford II, and wrote a biography of 'the deuce'.

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