The Leven Car Company is to invest £1.2 million to create what it claims will be “one of the largest Aston Martin showrooms in the world”.
The news coincides with the Edinburgh company, which is also the sole Rolls Royce representative in Scotland, opening a second facility at One Costorphine Road in the city, writes Jim McGill.
In addition to accommodating around 25 premium pre-owned supercars, 25% of the new building’s floorspace — which is receiving a £200,000 redevelopment and corporate branding — has been given over to Rolls Royce
By moving the luxury marque out of its Bankhead Drive showroom at Sighthill, the facility will now become solely Aston Martin.
And joint managing directors Hugh and Chris McMahon have committed to a £1.2m redevelopment of the site.
“Aston Martin is perfectly happy with the facility; but my dad and I aren’t,” Chris, whose father Hugh was the mastermind behind the Lomond Audi Group, which he sold to Lookers plc in 2012, explained.
“We know it could, and should, be better. The work will be significant, and reflect the fact we are the solus Aston Martin dealership in Scotland.
“Once work is complete, we believe it will be one of the largest Aston Martin showrooms in the world. It will have room for around 30 cars undercover, possibly more.
"We’ll also have a brand new workshop with eight workbays, plus high quality washing and detailing facilities, and more customer parking.”
The work, scheduled to be completed next year, coincides with the launch of the Aston Martin DB11. The Leven Car Company has already received “more than 30 orders” for the new £155,000 model.