Aston Martin AM37 powerboat auctioned in the Netherlands

In 2016, British car manufacturer Aston Martin surprised the world with a new product, a motorboat. It was a strong example of industry blurring slash branding, but the result was impressive: the Dutch, Amstelveen yacht designer Mulder Design was awarded the honorable assignment five years ago to capture Aston Martin’s philosophy in a flashy speedboat.

In 2017, the two-seater, built by the Dutch Quintessence Yachts, was presented because a car manufacturer does not necessarily know ships, the two-seater: fast, impressive and made of the most beautiful materials, and with a cabin for two and a soft top.

The yacht was delivered to an American who undoubtedly enjoyed it very much, but did repaint the ‘Mako Blue’ hull in the color ‘Stone White’. It seems (fortunately) to be the only adjustment; in the back are still two Mercury engines that deliver 520 horsepower each.

De AM37 heeft een sterke, stijve en duurzame romp van lichtgewicht, hightech composieten en structurele carboncomponenten zoals ook worden toegepast in de luchtvaart en het oceaanracerij. Een getrapte dubbele romp verkleint het natte oppervlak waardoor de weerstand 10% lager is en de boot een topsnelheid heeft van wel 45 knopen.

An Aston Martin that can sail. It almost reminds me of a James Bond movie. Were it not that Bond went out sailing with a Lotus. That Lotus is now owned by Tesla founder Elon Musk, but the sailing Aston could be yours.

In 2020, the colossus is back in the Netherlands and even for sale again. It will be offered for safekeeping (on December 23) by De Valk Yacht Brokers and BVA Auctions. The starting bid starts at €100,000 (excl. VAT). The quick decision maker can also purchase the yacht directly for the amount of €995,000 (excl. VAT). Not bad for a used second hand with 1,000 hp.

When you didn´t have the winning bid, but you would still like to have one, it still can be ordered new. Completely build to your own taste.

Come into the beautiful worlds of Aston MartinMulder Design, and Quintessence Yachts.

Bowmore® and Aston Martin unveil first collaboration

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Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Aston Martin have unveiled their first collaborative creation; Black Bowmore DB5 1964. A striking concept which brings together an iconic whisky and a legendary car in a bottle of equal parts, featuring exceptional single malt and a genuine Aston Martin DB5 piston.

With only 25 bottles for sale, this exceptionally rare Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is a celebration of time; a definitive moment in history for both Bowmore and Aston Martin. It is also a celebration of shared values and passions; showcasing great innovation and invention. A beautifully inspiring masterpiece; this unique, handcrafted vessel houses an equally exceptional single malt, Black Bowmore. Inspired by the past, but truly breath-taking in today’s world.  The significance of 1964 is paramount. This represents a truly defining era of evolution for both Bowmore and Aston Martin.

For Bowmore, 1964 is arguably one of the most significant points in the distillery’s 240-year history. The arrival of a new boiler saw the distillery enter the modern age of distilling as coal fires made way for steam in heating the stills. It was the first distillation from this new boiler that produced the spirit which was to become the iconic Black Bowmore; a sublimely rich and decadent single malt, reflected in awe-inspiring deep darkness.

First distilled on 5 November 1964, over the years Black Bowmore has become one of the rarest and most sought-after single malt whiskies ever created. This latest release represents only the sixth bottling of this exquisite single malt. Since 1993, only around six thousand bottles of Black Bowmore have been made available, thus adding to the desirability of this iconic whisky.

1964 represents a significant date in the modern history of the distillery. Not only a key moment in how we distilled our spirit, but perhaps even more significant as this very spirit went onto create Black Bowmore. These defining moments are fundamental to the history of Bowmore. This collaboration with Aston Martin has allowed us to once again showcase this iconic single malt in the most incredible way.

David Turner, Distillery Manager at Bowmore

For Aston Martin, this was the era of their most iconic car. Launched in 1963 to considerable acclaim, the Aston Martin DB5 is now widely regarded as ‘the most famous car in the world’, not least by virtue of its links to the world’s most celebrated secret agent in 1964. On its debut the DB5 represented a subtle but important evolution over its immediate predecessor, the DB4 Series 5, not least by virtue of an increase in engine capacity to 4.0-litres. This of course made the DB5 that much more of a sporting saloon which, combined with its exceptional styling, helped it to become one of the most desirable and admired sports cars of its generation.

Sir David Brown, the then owner of Aston Martin Lagonda and the man who gave his initials to the ‘DB’ lineage, said of the car: “I believe it is the essential character of the DB5, and its ability to perform perfectly in all conditions, that makes this car so intensely satisfying to own”. It is this relentless pursuit of power with purpose that still helps to define the appeal of Aston Martin today.

In keeping with a commitment to true craftsmanship, the Black Bowmore DB5 bottle itself is handcrafted by Glasstorm, a bespoke contemporary glass studio, based in North East Scotland. With over 50 years of glass design, sculpting and creative expertise, each bottle took up to one week to be complete, reflecting the continued thread of attention to detail and skill which defines this collaboration.

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is presented in a handmade presentation box; itself a work of art. Inspired by the distillery’s coastal home, the deep blue colour and wave embossing evoke a true sense of place. Created from the finest string-grain calfskin, featuring a custom solid brass latch and hinges, plated with nickel, reflective of the DB5.

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The partners are set to unveil a series of collaborative projects and products over the coming months and years, ranging from exceptional experiences to design-led product initiatives with the goal of offering fans of the brands, across a broad spectrum, the opportunities to connect with the partnership.

As world class luxury brands Bowmore and Aston Martin urge consumers never to drink and drive. Drink Smart® messaging will be integrated into all brand activations around the partnership; while the dedicated Drink Smart® platform ensures communication with legal-purchase age adults about making informed, responsible choices.

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 will be available from late Autumn 2020 with an RSP of GBP£50,000. Come into the beautiful worlds of Aston Martin and Bowmore.

 

 

 

 

Dynamic testing of AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior is underway

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Aston Martin teamed up last year with fellow historic British brand Brough Superior to launch a motorcycle. The AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior took to the track at Pau-Arnos in France recently to begin its comprehensive testing programme. Designed and engineered for the race track, the AMB 001 is strictly limited to just 100 examples and is on schedule for first deliveries at the end of this year. Adorned in the traditional Aston Martin Camo livery, the AMB 001 test mule completed its first test at Pau-Arnos.

Everybody involved has managed to make tremendous progress with the development of AMB 001, despite the challenges we have all been facing. This special motorcycle is, like our road cars, the result of beautiful design melding with modern technology to produce a bike that any collector will be proud of. We are delighted to see how much progress has been made, both on and off track and look forward to the moment when production starts for this stunning machine.

Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer

Prototype testing is one of the most vital parts of the development process with a test motorcycle allowing the team to validate the chassis geometry, the ergonomics and dynamic behaviour. In the same way that Aston Martin’s vehicle dynamics engineers can ‘read’ a car, Brough Superior’s test rider feeds back on all areas of performance, from the overall dynamic feel of the bike to details regarding cornering, braking, acceleration and the like.

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Commenting on the ongoing success of the development programme, Brough Superior CEO Thierry Henriette said: “One of the key design features of the AMB 001 is an aluminium fin that runs along the full length of a carbon fibre tank, passing under the saddle and out onto the rear. The body holding the fin and supporting the saddle is one of the areas where we called on the unique knowledge of Mecano ID, who joined the project to apply specialist aerospace-quality carbon fibre skills to the exclusive AMB 001″.

While the focus of the track testing is directed at the chassis, engine bench testing takes place in parallel to streamline the development process. The AMB 001 boasts a turbo-charged engine with an output of 180 hp, which is unique in the motorcycle industry for a serial production bike. The turbo package includes an intercooler; this imposing radiator with its striking oversized/wide intake manifold, gives the V-twin a supercar engine appearance.

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The AMB 001 is due to start production at Brough Superior’s plant in Toulouse, France, this fall. Just 100 examples will be built and the price tag for one is 108,000 euros ($121,675). Interestingly, there could be more two-wheeled vehicles in Aston Martin’s future. At the AMB 001’s reveal last year, Aston Martin said it was just the first chapter in the newly established partnership with Brough Superior.

Come into the beautiful worlds of Aston Martin and Brough Superior.

 

 

 

 

Aston Martin offers up a peek into the progress of its DB5 Goldfinger Continuation series

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The Aston Martin DB5 is a British luxury Grand Tourer (GT) that was made by Aston Martin and designed by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring in Milan. Carrozzeria Touring became well known for both the beauty of its designs and patented Superleggera (tube-frame) construction methods.

Released in 1963, it was an evolution of the final series of DB4. Although the design and construction techniques were Italian, the DB4 was the first Aston to be built at the company’s Newport Pagnell works in Buckinghamshire, England. And so was the DB5.

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By many people dubbed as ‘the most famous car in the world’ and renowned as being among the most desirable and sought-after classic Aston Martin models, the DB5 has become a byword for timeless style and sports car desirability.

Fewer than 900 saloon examples were built by the brand between 1963 and 1965, with by far the most famous of the original owners being the world’s best-known secret agent – James Bond – who first drove the car that is today inextricably linked with him in the 1964 film, ‘Goldfinger’.

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Now, 55 years after the last DB5 rolled off the production line at Aston Martin’s then global manufacturing base in Newport Pagnell, work is once again under way there on a strictly limited number of just 25 new DB5 models. Created in association with the producers of the James Bond films, EON Productions, and featuring a broad suite of working gadgets first seen on screen in the 1964 film, the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars are history in the making.

The latest in Aston Martin’s phenomenally successful Continuation car programme, which began in 2017 with the DB4 GT Continuation, the new DB5 models represent among the most valuable new cars yet brought to market by the British luxury brand. Each DB5 Goldfinger continuation car is priced at £2.75 million plus taxes, and the meticulous construction process takes around 4,500 hours per car.

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Each of the 25 new cars is being built to the highest possible quality using a blend of Sir David Brown-era old world craftsmanship, with the sympathetic application of modern engineering advancements and performance enhancements, alongside the integration of cutting-edge working gadgets developed with Chris Corbould OBE, the Oscar-winning special effects supervisor who has worked on more than a dozen Bond films.

The list of Bond-inspired gadgets includes features all too familiar to viewers of the classic 1964 big screen hit, such as revolving number plates at the front and rear (triple plates), simulated twin front machine guns, a simulated tyre slasher, a bullet resistant rear shield, a removable passenger seat roof panel, a telephone in the driver’s door, a gear knob actuator button and a remote control for gadget activation.

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All the new cars are meticulously detailed authentic reproductions of the DB5 seen on screen, with some sympathetic modifications and enhancements to ensure the highest levels of build quality and reliability. All the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars are being built to one exterior colour specification – Silver Birch paint – just like the original.

The cars feature original DB5 styled aluminium exterior body panels wrapped elegantly around an authentic DB5 mild steel chassis structure (Supperleggera). Under the bonnet, there’s a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine with a six-plug head, three SU carburettors and oil cooler, that’s capable of generating in the order of 290 bhp. This is mated to a five-speed ZF manual transmission in the rear-wheel drive DB5, which also features a mechanical limited slip differential.

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Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works where the original DB5 was built and the new cars are also being created, said: “We are making, perhaps, some of the most desirable ‘toys’ ever built for 25 very lucky buyers worldwide. Creating the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars and working with EON Productions and special effects supervisor, Chris Corbould, is something truly unique and a real career highlight for everyone involved here at Aston Martin Works.”

First deliveries of the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation to customers will commence in the second half of 2020. Come in the beautiful world of Aston Martin.

 

 

 

Aston Martin Reveals First Body of the Revived DB4 GT Zagato

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Britisch carmaker Aston Martin announced its plans to bring back the iconic DB4 GT Zagato last fall as part of a continuation series to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Italian carrozzeria Zagato. The project began at the manufacturer’s Heritage Division at its Newport Pagnell facility and now the first body has been revealed.

The Heritage Division, is the largest, best equipped and most knowledgeable Aston Martin restoration centre in the world, the invaluable and highly specialist skills nurtured at Aston Martin Works are perfectly suited to the brand’s celebrated Continuation projects.

Built to race against the might of Ferrari in the 1960’s, the DB4 GT Zagato was a thoroughbred machine. Evolved for the rigours of motor racing and blessed with a rare and incontestable beauty, just 19 were built. Drawing on the unrivalled knowledge and expertise of the team at Aston Martin Works the 2019 DB4 GT Zagato Continuations are to be meticulously crafted, staying true to those original Zagato-bodied DB4 GTs produced by Aston Martin and Zagato in the 1960’s.

We are bringing all of our hand-craftsmanship and expertise to bear in building these nineteen Continuation cars, sympathetically incorporating the very latest engineering advancements and performance enhancements, but remaining true to the purity and authenticity of the original design.

Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works

Each of the 19 DB4 GT Zagato Continuation cars is being built at Aston Martin Works to the highest possible quality using a blend of Sir David Brown-era old world craftsmanship, with the sympathetic application of modern engineering advancements and performance enhancements.

Beneath the Continuation cars’ bonnet will sit a version of the celebrated Tadek Marek-designed straight-six cylinder engine with two spark plugs per cylinder, transmitting its circa 380 bhp to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential, for an authentic and unforgettable driving experience.

This latest continuation car follows the success of the 25 DB4 GT Continuation models that sold to enthusiast collectors in 2017, and precedes what will perhaps be the most ambitious continuation to date: the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Edition cars that will come to market in 2020.

The Aston Martin DBZ Century Collection will be priced at £6m plus taxes. First deliveries to customers will commence in the third quarter of this year with the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and in fourth quarter 2020 for the DBS GT Zagato.

Come into the beautiful world of Aston Martin.

 

 

 

 

Very rare preproduction Aston Martin DB4 hits the market

London based Hexagon Classics are delighted to offer none other than the R.S Williams’ own Aston Martin DB4, which as one can imagine, has not wanted for anything. This was just the third right-hand drive DB4 ever produced on the line at Newport Pagnell.

This Aston Martin DB4 Series 1 must be one of the most unique Aston Martins on offer today. It also provides wonderful value especially when compared to the prices regularly achieved by DB4 GT models. This model later served as the initial inspiration for the DB5, which many should recognize as James Bond’s car Goldfinger.  

The lightweight Superleggera (tube-frame) body was designed by Carrozzeria Touring in Milan, and its Continental looks caused a sensation on its unveiling at the 1958 London Motor Show. Although the design and construction techniques were Italian, the DB4 was the first Aston Martin to be built at the company’s Newport Pagnell works in Buckinghamshire, England.

The exquisite aluminium bodywork was styled by the Italian Carrozzeria bur utilizing under licence their famed Superleggera lightweight structure. The first 50 cars had no over-riders, and frameless side windows. The DB4 has long been regarded by enthusiasts as the purists’ example, with its wonderful proportions and nimble handling.

Aston Martin registered the car as their London demonstration model, and then supplied it to its first owner Dolcis Ltd, Great Dover Street London, W1.  R.S Williams opted to upgrade the DB4 interior to the DB6 specification, converted the car to run on Vantage triple Weber set-up, and added the flared front and rear wheel arches to accommodate the larger offset wire wheels.

This vehicle successfully competed in hill climb events, and its successes were legendary. It is the epitome of fast road specification. After eventually selling the DB4, Richard Williams continued to look after the car for its new owners,

Hexagon Classics have recently undertaken a full recommissioning of the DB4 by Aston Martin marque specialists’ Pugsley & Lewis and Prestige Restorations, at a cost of more than £222,000 (approximately $300,000 USD). The details of which included having its engine rebuilt to 4.2 litre specification, and unleaded fuel conversion.

Naturally, this rare and highly sought after DB4 is complete with a comprehensive history file, ownership records, factory build sheet, historic MOT’s and V5s, including the original buff log book copy and a BMIHT record. Its provenance and near concours condition make this one of the finest examples of its kind.

The DB4 Series 1 also retains its original registration number of WLC 433. This important car which has now returned to its former glory, is available to be enjoyed straight away.

This rare Blu Scozia can be yours if you can foot the bill. It’s available to view now at their London showrooms. Come into the beautiful world of Hexagon Classics.

Aston Martin opens first ‘Global Experience Center’ in London

Aston Martin opens its first Brand Experience Boutique at No.8 Dover Street in London. The luxury British car brand opens its first boutique in hopes of bringing the Aston Martin ‘Art of Living’ concept to the elite clientele.

The shop is opposite the Arts Club, in the heart of Mayfair London. Dover Street in London is known for its many luxury boutiques in which a wide range of world-renowned luxury brands is available. In addition to clothing and beautiful accessories, the very stylish boutique will occasionally display the most sought-after Aston Martin cars, but is mainly intended to show visitors a mix of luxury and art.

The Aston Martin boutique therefore collaborates with national and international luxury brands such as Hacket London, Marma London, Quintessence Yachts (remember the Aston Martin AM37?), Emilia Burano, Silver Cross and FPM.

The shop front presents is decorated with a glossy black finish, creating a convenient contract with the light texture of the wood which formed the opening to street. The entry is strongly recessed from the side walk line, while a very large window is secured by a thick European Oak frame. The extra wide opening is meant for offering a bold glimpse to the interiors as well as the adeguate opening to allow the Aston Martin cars to access the shop.

The timber bespoke floor has designed and handmade with perfect geometric patterns as the ratio of the Fibonacci Spiral (geometric representation of a mathematical formula), while the ceiling has a sequence of recessed star lights which follow the exact perimeter of the floor pattern.

The Global Experience Center is designed to offer many different services such as exhibitions, design masterclasses, dinners and other events to make the experience bigger than just the world of cars. The visitor can even assemble his own Aston Martin car or AM37 speedboat.

Come into the beautiful world of Aston Martin.

Aston Martin DB Junior for Kids

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If you are one of the caring parents that want to teach your child to drive from an early age, you are now in luck. Nicolas Mee & Co, an Aston Martin Heritage Dealer from West London has thought about this and came up with the perfect idea. The man has managed to build a fully functioning, scaled-down, petrol-engined classic car perfect for children aged 10 or more.

The model is called DB Junior and it has as inspiration the well known Aston Martin DB Touring Superleggera models build in the 1960s. Just to make a better idea on what it happening, the small model features composite coachwork and a sturdy box-section chassis, leather or vinyl seats, a wood-rimmed steering wheel and hydraulic disc brakes. It is a bit difficult to see or imagine the size of the new car however we will be able to help in this matter.

According the maker, it is about half the size of a normal car and measures 2.500 mm in length and 1.030 mm in width. Under the hood it hides a 1.110 cc, four-stroke petrol engine with an electric start. To transfer the output to the road, the engineers have offered a 3-speed semi-automatic transmission. It can reach a top speed of 46 mph, which, if the parent wishes, can be restricted downwards. To make sure that the ride end well, the man has reassured to offer Brembo disc brakes. On the inside, the little driver can use different indicators, lights and the horn. In terms of exterior colors, the model can be found a several colors.

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In terms of price, you will have to get ready to pay, as the base price for the new DB Junior was established to starts at GBP19.900. For the ones that already have a full-size one, the small convertible will not be a problem.

Come into the beautiful world of Nicholas Mee & Co.

 

 

 

Haute automobile Aston Martin V12 Vantage Zagato

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Iconic British carmaker Aston Martin will unveil a new stunning V12 Vantage Zagato endurance racer on the shores of Lake Como, Italy at the Villa d’Este Concours on May 21, 2011.

Reviving a collaboration which has produced some of the most beautiful and sought-after cars in the world, the partnership takes inspiration from the past, to create a modern descendent of classics such as the DB4GT Zagato, V8 Vantage Zagato and DB7 Zagato based on Aston Martin’s ultimate performance interpretation of the Vantage range: the V12 Vantage.

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The Zagato design language is a perfect complement to our design and engineering expertise. After 50 years of the two companies being associated with each other the partnership has produced some of the world’s most iconic cars. Of course, fifty years ago Italian design house ago Italin design houses were widely seen as leading the way with new designs but now and supported by our independency, Aston Martin has its own in-house design ability so this new venture with Zagato is more collaborative than it perheps would have been in the past.

The task for us has been to create a concept that is a natural successor to those iconic cars that have gone before. Matching the technology of the age with the traditional skills vital to deliver such a bespoke and exclusive sports car will lead to a strictly limited run of road going V12 Vantage Zagato’s.

Dr Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin

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Work began in 2010 with initial meetings between Aston Martin and Zagato where sketches incorporating the design DNA of both companies were discussed and a decision was made to proceed with the project.

Director of Design, Marek Reichman added: “The Design team at Gaydon spent time refining the concept using a mixture of the latest computer based modelling techniques along with crafting traditional clay models to give a real world idea of proportion, stance and detail. The V12 Vantage Zagato is an elegant yet brutal design which reflects the great balance between race performance and pure Aston Martin style. The original DB4GT Zagato was a true icon, powerful and graceful; the new design is a true representation of the spirit of DB4GT Zagato. The muscular organic forms define the thoroughbred nature of the car’s racing credentials”.

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Working alongside the initial design team was a dedicated group of Aston Martin engineers led by Chris Porritt – previously responsible for the engineering of the One-77. With the skills and knowledge gained from such specialised projects this team has worked to bring the unique design of the V12 Vantage Zagato to reality in a very short period of time.

Featuring a new handcrafted aluminium body, the V12 Vantage Zagato delivers a beautiful and muscular design not possible using pre-formed panel techniques. Using the influences and skill of nearly 100 years of heritage in the craft, every aluminium panel was formed using an English wheel and traditionally crafted body bucks. Each front wing alone comprises seven separate pieces of aluminium, combined and then hand finished to give one flowing form. Another iconic Zagato design cue is the double bubble roof created in this case from five separate pieces illustrating further the intensity of craftsmanship involved in the construction of the V12 Vantage Zagato.

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Designed for the focused driver, the V12 Vantage Zagato has been honed with pure driving enjoyment in mind. The V12 Vantage Zagato combines Aston Martin’s most dynamic bonded aluminium platform with the power of the 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque.

The V12 Vantage which forms the basis of the V12 Vantage Zagato has been proven on the race track as early as 2009 with a class win in its debut race at the 24 hour race at Nürburgring whilst being close to production standard with only essential safety modifications, reduced weight and re-tuned suspension but no additional aerodynamic enhancements. In 2011 the car has gone on to form the basis of the new Aston Martin GT3 race car unveiled last month.

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The first DB4GT Zagato shown to the public in late 1960 spent much of its life as a racing car after launch. Later perhaps the two most famous DB4GT Zagatos, registered ‘1 VEV’ and ‘2 VEV’ were raced with success by such names as Jim Clark and Roy Salvadori. The fascinating story of these cars and the nature of high performance and low weight which drove the Zagato projects gave the inspiration for the first two V12 Zagatos to be created as endurance race cars.

The racing debut of the V12 Zagato will be at the four hour VLN race at Nürburgring on 28th May with a view to two cars racing at the 24 hour race on 25/26 June. The cars will be driven by a team with great experience of Aston Martin race cars, led for the sixth year by Chief Executive Dr. Ulrich Bez.

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Both cars follow Aston Martin’s philosophy of racing in close-to-production form but with full FIA safety compliance. V12 Vantage Zagato specification includes a bonded aluminium platform modified with a bespoke steel roll cage, front and rear double wishbone suspension with fully adjustable Multimatic DSSV Dampers and a 120ltr endurance racing fuel tank.

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage Zagato will be shown for the first time at the Villa d’Este Concours on Saturday 21st May 2011. Come into the beautiful worlds of Aston Martin en Zagato.

 

 

 

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster Undraped

British carmaker Aston Martin publicly pulled the veil of secrecy off its new V8 Vantage Roadster for the entire humankind. The beautiful Aston’s looks are made even better when its triple-layer top is neatly stowed under its hard tonneau. The V8 Vantage Roadster is a pure sports car, a car that heightens the senses and provides a dynamically thrilling driving experience.

The V8 Vantage Roadster is a pure sports car, a car that heightens the senses and provides a dynamically thrilling driving experience.

Dr. Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

It adds to the unbeatable thrill of open-air motoring and by combining engineering excellence, technological innovation and physical perfection will ensure every journey is one to remember. The 380 horsepower car will reach 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. Its roof deploys or retracts in just 18 seconds, and at speeds of up to 30 mph.

A soft top to was chosen instead of a folding metal hard top as part of Aston Martin’s minimalist design directive of having everything you need for a beautiful, exhilarating sports car and nothing more. And when the roof’s closed, there’s no need to worry about the car’s looks. The AM designers and engineers have worked it so that the soft top’s roofline apes that of the Vantage coupe. When it’s dropped, a pair of leather ‘speed humps’ that match the car’s interior color add visual interest to the rear deck. Depending on how the light hits it, the lustrous finish varies in color.

Aston Martin will unveil one of the most eagerly anticipated convertibles of the year when the V8 Vantage Roadster is revealed at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday 29th November. Want to add this beauty to your fleet? Then be prepared to pay a sizeable premium over the coupe’s $110,000. Come into the beautiful world of Aston Martin.