As the famed car of James Bond, the Aston Martin DB5 is a symbol of refined British sporting luxury. What it most certainly is not evocative of, however, is the southern United States’ tradition of making 1,000 left turns in a row. But designer Abimelec Arellano has gone and reimagined the DB5 as a ‘70s-style NASCAR racer, and the mashup really works.
Under the hood of this southern-fried DB5 lives a 5.2 L flat-plane crank V8 from a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, which ought to do an admirable job of smoking the tires off of the Brit’s cut-fendered, lowered chassis. Speaking of the tires, they’re NASCAR-style Goodyear Billboards, and while you’d think they would look pretty out of place on an Aston, they kinda work here. Helping to further Americanize the legendary English car are the mesh covers on the headlights, as they were ripped straight off of a C1 Corvette. But this Aston is still a proper English gentleman at heart, as evidenced by the green leather interior with wood accents and a tartan headliner. To see more of this wild Aston render, head on over to Abimelec Design’s Instagram.