Vintage automobiles exist under the existential threat that they might be legislated out of usability, given increasingly strict measures aimed at reducing tailpipe emissions.    

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In order to ensure these old-school creations can still roll down the road in the future, Aston Martin has devised one seriously clever system.    

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Aston Martin on Wednesday announced that it's devised a reversible EV solution for its heritage vehicles.    

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As proof of concept, the automaker has installed this system in a 1970 DB6 Mk. II Volante.    

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Components in this new system have reportedly been derived from Aston's efforts on its upcoming Rapide E electric sedan.    

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The DB6's new powertrain exists entirely within the area occupied by the original engine and gearbox.     

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Its construction was done so that the EV powertrain can be installed -- and, if necessary, removed later -- without any major modifications to the body.     

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Aston Martin hasn't made any specifications available just yet, but more information should come out in the near future.     

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Given the success of the proof-of-concept build, the automaker should begin offering retrofits for customer cars in 2019.     

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Keep scrolling to check out even more pictures of Aston Martin's first heritage EV.

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