This is almost the most exclusive ashtray yet featured. It’s the very small and rather agricultural ashtray of the Aston Martin DB Mk 3 (1958).
This ashtray is centrally located which is good. The height above the gear-lever and relative to the driver’s hip is not so good. It’s not a very deep ashtray. If you think of Fitts´s Law you see that you have a small target and the car is moving too and therefore one’s hand and the target will be jostling. I imagine these cars were littered with debris from failed attempts to dispose of ash. Any decent half-corona is going to make a real mess of this.
To open the ashtray you push on one side of the Aston Martin emblem and the half-cylinder revolves. To close you push on the side of the ashtray. There are grooves to aid this action. A cursory examination indicated the ashtray is cast from metal and is not a pressing. Disappointing, overall. The casting is fine – it’s the overall effect of the arrangement that leaves one short-changed.
The car is on view at the Sommer´s Car Museum in Copenhagen. I will be writing more about this in the near future. That I have not done so far is because I know there is a lot to write.