Aston Martin Selling Ready-Made Collection Of Vantage Race Cars

The Aston Martin brand can carry many different meanings to those in the automotive space. To some, they picture the Aston Martin DB5 from the Bond films, while to others they are a powerhouse in the world of endurance racing. Catering to the latter – and their recent world championship in the WEC LMGTE Pro category – the British automaker is looking back at where the success came from.

The Legacy Collection includes a trio of GT cars from the brand’s recent endurance racing success: a Vantage GT4 car, V12 Vantage GT3, and the V8 Vantage GTE. All three are built from a brand new chassis and come ready to race with the ubiquitous sterling green livery and yellow accents.

Vantage Legacy Collection
Vantage Legacy Collection

Starting off, you may ask why a GT4 car would be in a collection of racing greats. It turns out that the Vantage GT4 was the first racing car created around the VH-era architecture, making its debut in 2009. Aston Martin Racing built 107 examples up until the new evolution took over in 2018. The car in the collection is the 108th and last to roll out of the workshop.

Keen readers may be more fond of the V12 Vantage GT3 which made its debut in 2012. Apart from being one of the last V12 GT cars, it brought AMR great success, winning the British GT championship in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2018. As many manufacturers succumbed to turbocharging, Aston Martin was steadfast in keeping the V12 alive up until its swan-song performance in the 2019 installment of the Bathurst 12 Hours – phased out by the current turbocharged V8 Vantage, 46 examples were built up until 2017.

“For a collector, this trio of Aston Martin Racing Vantages represents the ultimate tribute to a halcyon period for the brand in international sportscar racing,” said President of Aston Martin Racing, David King. “While Aston Martin has since gone on to record world championship titles with the current generation turbocharged V8 Vantage, the foundations laid by the huge success of the original car won it admirers around the globe and led to it becoming a firm favorite with racing fans.”

While only six V8 Vantage GTE cars were built, they were incredibly successful – during its brief stint, it was the winningest car in the FIA World Endurance Championship with seven titles and two LeMans victories to its name. Wearing chassis number 007, the GTE in the collection is the seventh and final car to be made. 

Celebrating one of the most successful periods in the British automaker’s racing history, this collection of AMR race cars is a sight to behold. Pricing remains to be seen, but we’d wager these beauties will set you back a pretty penny.

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Trio of original Vantage race cars offered as a special edition collection
Includes the final V8 Vantage GTE from the family line that recorded two Le Mans class victories and seven WEC titles
Multiple championship-winning Vantage GT3 and GT4 models complete set
Monday 23 November 2020, Gaydon. Aston Martin Racing has created the Vantage Legacy Collection to commemorate one of the most successful periods in the luxury British sportscar brand’s racing history, as well as one of the company’s most successful racing cars – the Aston Martin Vantage.  
 
This period, between 2009 and 2018, brought Aston Martin two 24 Hours of Le Mans class victories (in 2014 and 2017) and seven FIA World Endurance Championship titles, as well as numerous international sports car championship titles in British GT, GT World Challenge (Europe) and the European Le Mans Series.
 
The trio of Legacy Vantages, based on V8 Vantage road car launched in 2005, have been created in Aston Martin Racing’s workshops and is being offered for sale as a collection. It includes a V8 Vantage GTE, a V12 Vantage GT3 and Vantage GT4. All three are brand new chassis, ready to race, and have been identically liveried in sterling green with the distinctive and classic Aston Martin yellow trim lines around the radiator and cant rail. 
 
The Vantage GT4 was the first racing car created around the VH-era architecture. It made its debut in 2009 and, by the end of 2018, Aston Martin Racing had built 107 cars, winning races and international championships across the world. Many of these cars are still competing today. The car in the collection is the 108th and final car to be made.
 
The V12 Vantage GT3 followed the GT4 three years later, making its debut in 2012. It soon became the dominant car in the British GT championship, winning outright titles in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018, proving its competitiveness right up until it was replaced by the new Vantage in 2019. Over seven years, up until the end of 2017, 46 cars were built.
 
The V8 Vantage GTE made its debut with the Aston Martin Racing works team in 2012 at Sebring. It spearheaded Aston Martin’s works return to production-based racing following three years of competing in the LMP1 class. The V8 Vantage GTE took its first win at the final round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Shanghai in October that debut year. 
 
Only six V8 Vantage GTEs were originally built, with the car racing for the last time in the GTE Am class at Le Mans in 2018.  During this time, it became the most successful car in the FIA World Endurance Championship, winning seven titles and two Le Mans class victories, including a famous final-lap triumph in 2017. The GTE in this collection is the seventh and final car to be made, chassis number 007.
 
President of Aston Martin Racing, David King said: “For a collector, this trio of Aston Martin Racing Vantages represents the ultimate tribute to a halcyon period for the brand in international sportscar racing. While Aston Martin has since gone on to record world championship titles with the current generation turbo-charged V8 Vantage, the foundations laid by the huge success of the original car won it admirers the around the globe and led to it becoming a firm favourite with racing fans. The Legacy collection is a beautiful sign-off for this wonderful car.”
 
 
 
CAR SPECIFICATIONS
 
VANTAGE GT4
 
Engine & TransmissionAston Martin Racing 4.7-litre V8 engine
Weight-reduced rear silencer or straight-through tailpipes
FIA-approved bag type 115-litre centrally mounted fuel tank with twin fill
Six-speed Sportshift (ASM) transmission
Twin-plate cera-metallic clutch with lightweight flywheel
 
ChassisFIA approved full rollcage in 15CDV6 high-strength steel
Integral air jacks
Polycarbonate side and rear windows
Side sills with exposed carbon fibre rib
Quick-release bonnet and tailgate
Carbon fibre side strakes
Reduced weight wiring harness
Lightweight battery
 
SuspensionDouble wishbone suspension adjustable for toe, caster and camber
2-way adjustable Koni dampers
Stiffened front and rear anti-roll bars
Spherical bearing suspension
 
InteriorRecaro competition seat embroidered with Aston Martin Racing logo
Recaro HANS compatible seat (optional)
Sabelt six-point safety harness
FIA compliant Lifeline plumbed-in extinguisher system
Lightweight door casings
Weight-reduced facia, trimmed in Alcantara
Quick-release steering wheel
 
AerodynamicsAdjustable carbon-fibre rear wing
Increased protrusion front splitter
Carbon-fibre front dive planes
 
BrakesFour-piston monoblock calipers fitted with
high-performance Pagid RS 29 race pads
Uprated two-piece front brake discs
Twin front brake cooling ducts
Endurance brake package
Bosch race-developed ABS and traction control system
 
WheelsMagnesium 5-stud wheels
Front – 10” x 18”
Rear – 11” x 18”
 
V12 VANTAGE GT3
 
ChassisLightweight aluminium chassis
Steel rollcage to FIA safety standards
High speed pneumatic jack system
Low engine position
 
EngineLightweight 6-litre V12
Dry sump oil system
Engine repositioned to optimise weight distribution and centre of gravity
Power 600 bhp
Torque 700 Nm
 
TransmissionXtrac six-speed semi-automatic paddle shift transmission
Racing clutch
Limited slip ramp/plate differential
Easily accessible drop gears
Carbon fibre prop-shaft
 
Cockpit8862 safety seat
Six-point safety harness
Racing seat nets
Lightweight battery
Carbon fibre dash
Fire extinguisher8862 safety seat system
Driver display and shift lights
 
BodyFront splitter
Adjustable full width carbon fibre rear wing
Aerodynamically optimised bumpers, side sills and rear fenders
Removable carbon-fibre body panels
Aluminium roof
 
Fuel system125-litre fuel cell to FIA safety standards
Twin quick-release couplings
 
SuspensionDouble wishbone suspension with uniball bearings
Four-way adjustable Bilstein dampers
Optimised geometry for lower ride height
 
BrakesSix-pot front calipers
Ventilated front & rear brake disc
Four-pot rear caliper
Manually adjustable front/rear brake bias
 
WheelsFront 12.5” x 18”
Rear 13” x 18”
 
WeightDry weight 1250 kg
 
V8 VANTAGE GTE
 
ChassisLightweight aluminium chassis
Steel roll cage to FIA safety standards
High speed pneumatic air jack system
 
EngineLightweight V8
Dry sump oil system
Engine repositioned to optimise
weight distribution
Power > 500 bhp*
Torque > 500 Nm*
 
Transmission6-speed semi-automatic paddle shift gear change
ZF Sachs Racing clutch
Limited slip combination VC and ramp/plate differential
Carbon fibre propshaft
 
BodyFull aerodynamic update to 2016 LMGTE regulations
Lightweight carbon fibre bodywork
Aluminium roof with driver safety access hatch
CFD optimised aerodynamics with splitter and diffuser
Adjustable carbon fibre rear wing
 
Fuel systemDesigned to FIA safety standards
Twin quick release couplings
 
BrakesFront: six pot Brembo calipers
Rear: four pot Brembo calipers
Vented discs
Pagid RS pads
Bespoke lightweight pedal box
Goodridge hydraulic brake lines
 
Wheels & TyresTWS Mg front 12.5” x 18”
TWS Mg rear 13.0” x 18”
Dunlop 305-680R18
Dunlop 312-705R18
 
Weight & DimensionsLength 4550 mm
Width 1963 mm
Height 1185 mm
Wheelbase 2600 mm
Dry weight 1240 kg*
*Dependent on Balance of Performance BoP
 
 – ENDS –

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Mercedes-AMG C63 On Stilts Might Be An Aston Martin DBX Mule

A Mercedes-AMG C63 with a lift kit and massive fender flares was caught in the wild by an Instagram user based in Russia. Car manufacturers go to great lengths to disguise what cars they are road testing, which leads us to believe that this mule isn’t for a Mercedes product at all.

Based on a few key facts we can conclude that this test mule was actually built to test components of the Aston Martin DBX SUV. According to Carscoops, this Instagram photo was taken at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, which is quite close to the Aston Martin DBX factory in St. Athan, Wales. Carscoops also mentions that the wheels being used on the lifted C63 test mule come from the current Aston Martin DBX, which is another indicator that this test mule is for the DBX SUV.

Since the C63 body used for the test mule comes from a pre-facelift car, this DBX test mule may have been used to develop the original DBX and is still in use today to secretly refine the current SUV. The current Aston Martin DBX SUV is the first SUV offering from Aston Martin and features a Mercedes-AMG sourced twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine.

When the Aston Martin DBX debuted in early 2020 it brought Aston Martin into the growing SUV market and allowed Aston Martin to grow its market share and customer base. Aston Martin took a great deal of time to develop the DBX to ensure it gave customers a true Aston Martin driving experience, so it’s no surprise that clever test mules like this C63 exist.

Unique test mules like this lifted C63 are a very unique way to try and retain ambiguity while testing new products out in the open. Hopefully, we can learn more about this specific mule now that it’s becoming the most famous lifted Mercedes-AMG C63 on the internet.

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Aston Martin Owner Crashes Car, Sues Dealer For Inflating Repair Bill, Loses Badly

I’ve never crashed an Aston Martin into a rock, but I assume it’s a terrible experience. Don’t believe me? Well, maybe the legal saga of this particular Aston Martin owner will convince you otherwise. So, what happened when a Canadian Aston Martin owner crashed their car into a missive rock and didn’t like the repair bills? A legal battle with a clear loser.

The Aston Martin DB9 is one of the most iconic coupes of the modern age and a beautiful example of Aston Martin in its prime. The DB9 is beloved by many for its exterior looks, powerful engines, and role as James Bond’s vehicle of choice.

Aston Martin DB9s may have sharply declined in value on the used market but that doesn’t make them any more affordable to maintain especially after a crash. Sure, you can afford to buy a used Aston Martin but can you afford to own one? That’s a question that this Aston Martin owner should have asked before diving into the bankrupting world of owning limited production sportscars.

Upon receiving the repair bill for the damages due to the rock incident the Aston Martin DB9 owner decided to take the shop to court and claimed her bill was inflated. This led to a loss of time and an even bigger bill as the Aston Martin owner lost their legal battle with the shop.

So, should you sue your mechanic because you can’t afford to fix your car? Probably not because in this particular case the owner had to not only pay legal fees, storage cost to the mechanic, and prejudgment interest.  The initial bill was for about $85,000 but with the additional legal costs it is now inflated to $328,930.50.

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Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato Spied On Video Lapping The Nurburgring

The Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato continues to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and the reason is potentially exciting, assuming you have quite a bit of money on hand. This video shows the low-slung coupe leaving Aston Martin’s development center at the famous track, hitting the circuit, and then returning.

Aston Martin originally intended to build just 19 units of the DBS GT Zagato, and they were supposed to be available for folks also getting the DB4 GT Zagato continuation car at a combined cost of £6 million ($7.8 million currently). However, our spies speculate that the brand might be lapping the cars around the ‘Ring in preparation for expanding production. There are likely some tweaks under the skin to differentiate the two versions that necessitate this testing.

DBS GT Zagato features a gorgeous, undulating shape. One of the most interesting design touches is at the rear where there is no window. Instead, double-bubble roof flows downward to the rear deck, and the designers hide the CHMSL in a tiny niche above the trunk.

The vehicle in this video features mismatched wheels. The ones in front feature five split pairs of spokes. In the back, the design has a more complex look with Y-shaped spokes and a dark finish. There are also sensors on the roof for collecting data.

While not visible in this video, the photos above show that the DBS GT Zagato has an interior as wild as the exterior. The company uses 3D-printed metal to create complex mesh surfaces to create elements that look like nothing else.

Like the DBS Superleggera, the GT Zagato uses a 5.2-liter V12 twin-turbo engine. However, the limited-run model boasts 760 horsepower (567 kilowatts), rather than the series production vehicle’s 715 hp (533 kW).

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Aston Martin Designs Five Luxury New York City Homes, DBX Included

Automakers have paired, partnered, and collaborated with countless industries for special, unique, and one-off products. Aston Martin is no stranger to this, though its latest endeavor is a first for the company. The luxury brand has partnered with renowned architect Sir David Adjaye to bring Aston’s bespoke design inside five luxury New York homes and customize the DBX SUV that’s included with each one of them.

The five homes, located on the 59th and 60th floors at 130 William in New York City, feature a large living and dining area that opens to the outside loggia. The kitchen features blackened oak Italian cabinetry fitted with Gaggenau appliances. Marble is everywhere throughout the kitchen, though it makes appearances elsewhere in the homes. The main bedroom features a cashmere headboard, furniture from Formitalia, and an expansive walk-in closet.

Homes with two or three bedrooms can customize one into a racing simulator room, office, or library. Aston has collaborated with Curv Racing Simulators for the setup.  The company will treat those wanting a library or office with “classic contemporary designs and bespoke elements.” Unique features include a classic Eames chair, black wood shelves, and marble walls. Marble also makes its way to the bathroom, where it’s used for the soaking tub and the double vanity sinks. There’s also a walk-in shower and private water closet.

Each home comes with a custom DBX SUV, as well. This is the first time Aston has collaborated with an architect for the look of one of its vehicles, which has paired marble stone inlays with satin walnut wood. The DBX also features solid walnut trim, Parliament Green leatherwork, bronze details, real stone, and black anodized aluminum. Of the five homes, two are penthouses at $10.5 million and $11.5 million. The other three homes cost from $3.98 million to $10 million.

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Aston Martin Boss Announces EV With Mercedes Tech Coming By 2026

Remember the Cygnet? The glorified Toyota iQ introduced to help Aston Martin meet the European Union’s stringent emissions regulations was rumored to get an electric version in 2013, but it never happened.

Fast forward to 2018, the Lagonda All-Terrain signaled the revival of the luxury sub-brand with an emphasis on EVs and was followed a year later by the Lagonda Vision. The two concepts will remain merely showcars for the time being as the Lagonda’s relaunch won’t happen before the middle of the decade.

Aston Martin’s EV agenda also included the Rapide E at one point, a zero-emissions version of the gorgeous sedan. It was virtually ready to go into limited production, but the sleek EV was canceled at the last moment. If you’re still hoping for a completely silent car from Gaydon, you’d better arm yourself with a lot of patience because it won’t be out until 2025 or 2026.

That is the timeline provided by CEO Tobias Moers, the man who used to call the shots at Mercedes-AMG before moving to Aston Martin. Speaking of which, the 54-year-old German executive says the company’s very first electric vehicle will use technology developed by the three-pointed star. The decision doesn’t come as a big surprise considering Mercedes will soon own a fifth of Aston Martin as part of a deeper alliance between the two brands. In exchange, the British brand will gain access to more Mercedes technology beyond the AMG V8 engine and some other bits as per the original tie-up from 2013.

Interestingly, Moers also hinted the Valhalla could make the switch to a Mercedes-AMG powertrain as well. That comes somewhat of a surprise since Aston Martin has already teased the supercar’s new twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 hybrid, signaling the “TM01” powertrain’s advanced development stage. A final decision has not been taken yet, though.

“We are still working on that [hybrid drivetrain], but we now have alternatives. It’s too early to say.”

The Valhalla will be followed by a new Vanquish, which it too will be a mid-engined supercar with a hybrid powertrain. Automotive News Europe speculates Aston Martin could borrow Mercedes’ all-new electric platform scheduled to premiere next year with the EQS to launch an electric sedan with similar proportions.

Moers promised new models using more Mercedes tech will begin to arrive by late 2022 / early 2023. A “product firework” is scheduled for 2023 when we might get to see the DB11 replacement. By 2024, every fourth or fifth car will be electrified, Moers promised. That will include a plug-in hybrid variant of the DBX SUV programmed for a 2023 launch.

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Mercedes Offers Aston Martin New Tech In Exchange For Company Stake

Mercedes-Benz AG and Aston Martin Lagonda to expand and enhance their existing technology partnership.
Strategic Cooperation Agreement signed that will provide Aston Martin with access to new Mercedes-Benz technologies and components.
Access to these new technologies and components will be provided in exchange for new shares in Aston Martin; the supply of these new technologies and components will be on agreed commercial terms.
New shares will be issued in several stages over the next 3 years, taking Mercedes-Benz AG’s shareholding in Aston Martin up to a maximum of no more than 20.0%.
 

Stuttgart (Germany) – Mercedes-Benz AG and Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc (“Aston Martin”) have announced a new strategic technology agreement and an enhanced partnership. The new agreement will see Mercedes-Benz AG grant access to a range of advanced Mercedes-Benz technologies, including next generation hybrid and electric powertrains, as well as other vehicle components and systems.

Access to these technologies will be granted in exchange for new shares in Aston Martin, issued in several stages over the next 3 years, up to a total value of GBP 286 million. Mercedes-Benz AG’s current shareholding stands at 2.6% of Aston Martin’s common equity. The new shares to be issued will take Mercedes-Benz AG’s holding up to a maximum of no more than 20.0%. Mercedes-Benz AG has no intention to increase its holding in Aston Martin beyond this level.

Wolf-Dieter Kurz, Head of Product Strategy at Mercedes-Benz Cars, commented: “We already have a successful technology partnership in place with Aston Martin that has benefited both companies. With this new expanded partnership we will be able to provide Aston Martin with access to new cutting-edge technologies and components, including next generation hybrid and electric drive systems. The supply arrangements for these new technologies will be on agreed commercial terms. We look forward to continuing to work together with Aston Martin and we wish the company every success in its next stage of growth.”

Background

In 2013, Mercedes-Benz AG and Aston Martin entered into a strategic cooperation for the supply of AMG V8 engines and the supply of components for the E/E (electrical) architecture. In return, Mercedes-Benz AG received an equity participation of 5% in Aston Martin. Following Aston Martin’s IPO in 2018 and various further financing rounds, Mercedes-Benz AG now owns a 2.6% stake.

Key terms of the new agreement

During 2020, negotiations regarding the expansion of the existing cooperation were initiated. In a first step, Aston Martin requested access to certain engines and powertrains as well as powertrain software, E/E architecture and various other components. Mercedes-Benz AG has agreed to provide such technology access to Aston Martin in exchange for additional new shares in Aston Martin, which will be allotted to Mercedes-Benz AG by means of a Contribution in Kind (“CiK”). The arrangement will not involve any cash consideration from Mercedes-Benz AG. The supply of the systems and components will be on arm’s length terms

A total CiK value of GBP 286 million will be required to achieve the maximum agreed shareholding of 20.0% in Aston Martin. Mercedes-Benz AG has no intention to increase its holding beyond this level. The new shares shall be issued to Mercedes-Benz AG in several tranches by 2023, tied to the release of various technology packages.

The main terms and conditions for the first technology package and share tranche have already been agreed. The value for the Tranche 1 technology is GBP 140 million. The shares to be issued to Mercedes-Benz AG in return for Tranche 1 technology will increase Mercedes-Benz AG’s shareholding to 11.8%. For further tranches, the parties need to agree upon the scope of the technology to be made available to Aston Martin, the respective value (“entry fees”) and the piece prices of components and systems.

The planned continuation and enhancement of the cooperation with Aston Martin will result in further sales of components and systems for Mercedes-Benz AG, as well as the potential upside of any increase in the value of the enlarged shareholding in Aston Martin.

Additional information will be available at: https://media.mercedes-benz.com/mbsu

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This 2,800-Horsepower Aston Martin Drag Car Is Somehow Street Legal

Before the Aston Martin Valkyrie, the British marque has become known to make grand tourers that are meant to be luxurious, comfortable, and ready to be driven fast for long trips. But before its status quo, Aston Martin actually made crazy cars in the ’90s, but nothing is as crazy as this 2,800-horsepower (2,088-kilowatt) Vantage.

The best part? It’s street-legal, and the 30-minute video on top of this page gives us a preview of what it’s like to be driven both on the road and on the drag strip.

This bonkers drag car started its life as a genuine aluminum Virage from the 1990s. The owner transformed it into an Aston Martin Vantage from the same era. The conversion was pretty much spot on, and you can browse through the photo album above for comparison with an original Vantage.

But beyond the accurate conversion, what makes this car special is its massive engine output that’s almost triple of the Valkyrie’s. It’s crazy, and yes it’s fitted with a parachute for good measure since it would be hard to stop a raging coupe even with the biggest normal brakes.

The video atop this page is quite long, but you’ll enjoy the journey of the current owner towards achieving this street-legal speed demon. More importantly, the car has an interesting back story, which started out as an official Aston Martin drag car to showcase the marque’s then-latest and most powerful V8.

The project was put to a halt due to a romance cut short, but the spirit to build the ultimate Aston drag car lived on. We’ll leave the rest to the video, including the details of the build, so make sure to check that one out.

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Now’s Your Chance To Own An Ultra-Rare Aston Martin Cygnet

Owning a limited-production Aston Martin is a dream many auto enthusiasts have, yet very few will actually achieve. Aston Martins tend to be very expensive and impractical for a normal person making this an expensive luxury purchase enjoyed by the few. Luckily there is one Aston Martin then still gives customers the bespoke build quality, manual transmission, and limited production that customers desire, welcome to the Aston Martin Cygnet.

In the early 2010s, the European Union started to impose new fuel economy regulations on auto manufactures requiring their entire product line up to meet certain fuel economy and emissions regulations. This was fine for larger manufacturers who were already working to produce fuel-efficient vehicles but for boutique supercar manufacturers like Aston Martin, this posed a massive threat. To reach compliance and avoid fines, Aston Martin teamed up with Toyota to rebadge their iQ microcar in the newly minted Aston Martin Cygnet.

Aston Martin initially planned to sell 4,000 units a year, but after two years of production from 2011 to 2013 Aston Martin only sold 300 units globally. At the time the Cygnet was a very uncool car and the butt of many automotive jokes.

Today the Cygnet is a desirable piece of automotive history and an affordable way to own an Aston Martin with such a low production volume. Some have even said the Cygnet is a future classic and I have to agree as it has all the correct ingredients. Low production, strong branding, and instant recognition. Today you can purchase a low mileage used example from Aston Martin, and enjoy one of their rarest cars of the modern era and also one of the easiest to park.  

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Shmee Drives James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 And Checks Out The Gadgets

James Bond is clearly no stranger to wearing many hats; he’s a womanizer and a super-spy, but most of all, an aficionado of the automobile. There have been a countless number of Bond vehicles packed to the gills with life-saving gadgets, but it all started with the Aston Martin DB5.

While the iconic Aston has received a lot more than 15 minutes of fame becoming one of the icons of automotive cinema, like many classic cars, it has skyrocketed in value. Thankfully, the British automaker is utilizing its factory in Newport Pagnell, England, – the same location used for the continuation of the DB4 GT and DB4 GT Zagato – to build 25 DB5’s that look like the original, but are brand spanking new.

Only 25 will be built in honor of the number of Bond films that have been released. We had no idea there were so many movies in the series, but we’d wager that prospective customers were happy to get so many examples.

As intended, to the casual observer these vehicles look just like any other DB5 on the road. With its striking aesthetic, it will grab the attention of keen petrolheads, but they’ll have no idea that there’s more than meets the eye. In being a faithful replica of the original, the vehicle has every gadget you’d expect.

Shifting the ignition key counter-clockwise engages accessory mode, which activates all of the gadgets on offer. While the front of the vehicles is home to just a ram bar, pretend machine guns, and a switchable license plate, the rear is a different story. Out back lies the oil slick (filled with water), smoke screen nozzles, and bulletproof shield.

Unfortunately for obvious safety reasons, the ejector seat won’t actually put the passenger into near-earth orbit, but it does release the pins holding the roof on so you are able to remove it. Semantics aside, it’s clear that 25 people are about to receive one hell of a car.

Source: motor1.com