The American importer of Aston Martin motorcars has opened an in-house coachwork facility at its headquarters here, complete with traditional ''panelbeaters'' trained at the Aston Martin factory in England, about 100 miles from London.
The shop is equipped to undertake work ranging from simple collision damage to complete fabrication of new bodies from historic photographs or customers' pencil sketches.
As an example, the Aston Martin DB-3, which placed second at the 1953 Sebring 12-hour race, is now being rebodied.
Other cars are being substantially rebuilt because of severe rust.
Morris L. Hallowell, president of the importing firm, says, ''It is really marvelous to watch an automobile take shape under the skilled hands of a master craftsman without the aid of a single power tool.''
A vintage Rolls-Royce also is being ''reassembled,'' piece by piece, panel by panel. Why spend the tens of thousands of dollars required to redo the old Rolls?
''It was a wedding gift,'' the owner says.