Lot details Registration No: T.B.A. Chassis No: SCFDAM2S3RBR70061 Mot Expiry: Feb 2007
Last of the 'old school' Aston Martins, the Vantage was unveiled at the 1992 Birmingham Motor Show. Utilising the same basic platform architecture, doors and roof as the 'base' model Virage, it was visually distinguished by a wider track, flared wheelarches and jutting front air dam. Punctuated by six headlights and four 'grapefruit' taillights, its revised sheetmetal was the work of John Hepperman and Ken Greenley. Among the most powerful front-engined GT cars ever to torture tarmac, the Vantage extracted some 550bhp and 549lbft of torque from its 5340cc DOHC 32-valve V8 engine via the addition of twin belt-driven Eaton superchargers (complete with air-to-air intercoolers). Fitted with independent double-wishbone front suspension, a Watts linkage located de Dion back axle, six-speed ZF manual transmission and high geared power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering (2.87 turns lock-to-lock) as standard, it also benefited from ABS-backed vented disc brakes. Reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds, 0-100mph in 10.1 seconds and 186mph, the 2+2 super coupe was rechristened the V8 Vantage during 1996. Only in production between 1993 and 1999, just 239 'standard' Vantage / V8 Vantage cars are thought to have been made.
Finished in metallic green with tan Connolly hide upholstery (piped in green), this particular example is described by the vendor as being in "excellent" condition with regard to its 5340cc engine, manual gearbox, electrical equipment, interior trim, chassis, bodywork, paintwork and wheels / tyres. Said to have had three former keepers and covered a mere 42,000 miles from new, chassis 70061 was apparently treated to "Stage 1 of the V600 upgrade in August 2005". Riding on six-spoke alloys, this imposing super coupe is offered for sale with "full up to date Aston Martin history", MOT certificate valid until February 20th 2007 and road tax until June 30th 2007.