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About us

Welcome to Aston Service London, the Aston Martin specialist for those in and around the capital, providing over 150 years’ first-hand experience working across the range. Incorporating the highly respected specialist Ian Mason Aston Martin Services, a service and restoration centre established in the 1970s.


Meticulous attention to detail, superior vehicle knowledge and technicians with an undivided passion is what drives the business. Maintaining an Aston Martin is highly specialised, Aston Service London provides customers with the expertise and workmanship they can trust, supported by friendly, professional customer service.


Expenditure is always agreed with the customer, with cost management support possible prior to any work being carried out. Just talk to a member of our team who will be happy to discuss your requirements.

Aston Sales Kensington is London's leading independent Aston Martin specialist. With nearly 50 years Aston Martin experience, founders Desmond J. Smail and Alan Baker bring together an enthusiastic wealth of Aston Martin knowledge and passion.

Specialising in the sale of the DB7 and later models, Aston Sales Kensington is formed on a strong bed of automotive expertise, making your Aston Martin purchase and ownership a very pleasant experience indeed.

Team overview

Desmond Smail - Managing Director

Desmond is affectionately known as ‘Mr. Aston Martin’, which should tell you everything you need to know. He’s one of the most renowned characters in the Aston Martin world, having first worked on the brand in 1976 as an apprentice mechanic. There’s probably nobody that has spent more time behind the wheel of a Vanquish than Desmond.

Peter Hamilton - Service Manager

Twice receiving the honour of ‘Aston Martin Technician of the Year’ Peter has established an enviable reputation within the Aston Martin community, with a particular interest in new era models from DB7 onwards. For 12 years Peter was workshop foreman at Mayfair, London, the busiest Aston Martin service facility in the world at the time. Peter boasts 30 years’ experience with other high performance marques including Ferrari and Lamborghini.

Ian Mason - Consultant Engineer

Foremost amongst our skilled engineers and technicians in terms of experience and knowledge, Ian is well-regarded throughout the Aston Martin world, both on and off the race track. Having served an apprenticeship at Aston Martin’s former factory in the 1950s, he went on to become Service Manager at the famous Works Service department at the marque’s home in Newport Pagnell until establishing his own company.


Andy Chenery - Technician

Andy is our specialist new era vehicle technician. Factory trained up to the current DBS, Andy continues to build on his wealth of Aston Martin specialist knowledge. Before joining our team, Andy worked at Aston Martin Works Service between 1999 and 2001 and at a leading Aston Martin dealership between 2007 and 2009, as well as having experience of other luxury marques, including Jaguar and Range Rover.


John Moore - Technician

Having joined Ian Mason Aston Martin Services in 1982 and worked closely with Ian until 2008, John’s extensive Aston Martin experience includes specialist knowledge of the DB4 to DBS V8 models. In his additional capacity managing all aspects of our restoration work, John’s knowledge of the older cars is invaluable.


Andrew Newlyn – Technician

Andrew is an experienced and enthusiastic recent addition to our team, Andrew came to us via his work preparing Desmond’s Aston Martin GT4 race car.

Equally at home on New Era and Heritage vehicles, Andrew’s skills range from fabrication to computer diagnostics and he still finds time to look after the race car at weekends.


Benjamin Stavrides – Technician

Ben is the most recent addition to our team. Having served an apprenticeship in a small local garage, Ben was drawn to the classic car world where he felt he could expand his skill set.

Despite having only been with us a few months he is proving a dab-hand with a mig welder and a sheet of metal.


Rachel Leitch – Office Manager

Rachel is the glue that holds the front end of Aston Service London together and has over 8 years’ experience in administration and customer service.


Our friendly team provides Aston Martin owners with the comfort and peace-of-mind that they are in safe hands. For us, working with Aston Martins is a privilege. Our team is devoted to looking after you and your cherished vehicle as well as ensuring you get the best possible service. It’s this quality and devotion that’s led us to become the best Aston Martin specialist workshop facility in London.

Company history

After cutting his teeth with Aston Martin specialist Peter Austen Smith, Desmond J. Smail branched out with his own business in the 1980s.

In 1997, the recruitment of long-serving employees from Aston Martin's Newport Pagnell facility added decades of experience and enhanced the skillset of the company.

With a reputation as one of the world's leading Aston Martin specialists and a 6,000ft2 showroom in Olney, the business continues to go from strength to strength, as Desmond approaches 40 years in the industry.
Desmond J. Smail showroom, Olney Bucks
In the same year Aston Martin's limited edition DB4GT Zagato rolls out of Newport Pagnell, Desmond J. Smail is born, and from this the love affair began.

Desmond joins Peter Austen Smith as trainee mechanic.

Desmond establishes his own business.

Desmond's Aston Martin experience is put into practice when he opens a workshop in Buckinghamshire.

Due to growth, the business was required to find new, larger premises where the restoration, service and parts workshops remain today.
A Desmond J. Smail-prepared DB5 becomes one of the first ever Aston Martins to complete the Peking to Paris Challenge, finishing 11th overall.

A new part of the family, Aston Sales of Kensington opens, offering a range of Aston Martins for sale in London.

The company expands incorporating, Ian Mason Aston Martin Services, established in the Capital in the 1970s. Renamed 'Aston Service London' opens, with Aston Sales Kensington under one roof.

Desmond opens a new 6,000ft2 showroom in Olney.

Aston Service London and Aston Sales Kensington relocate to a larger premises due to business expansion. With improved facilities. 

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