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Aston Martin Valkyrie Nears Production According to Instagram Post

Aston Martin Valkyrie Nears Production According to Instagram Post

Aston Martin Uses Instagram to Tease Valkyrie

Aston Martin Valkyrie - Concept in Fall of 2018 - Overhead - Manufacturer Instagram Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Valkyrie – Concept in Fall of 2018 – Overhead – Manufacturer Instagram Picture – EuroDrift

Recently, Aston Martin shared a post on Instagram displaying the Valkyrie nearing production status. This post is basically a teaser to what is to come in the near future. While it is nearing production, the expectation is late 2019 or early 2020. Currently, Aston plans to build 175 road legal Valkyries, plus 25 track-only versions. Back in July of 2017, Miles Nurnberger made a statement about the Valkyrie:

“… 95% of the way there.” – Miles Nurnberger

It has been quite some time since this statement, but it may be a sign that the Aston Martin Valkyrie is finally ready to consider motion forward. Though, do note, quite a few things are changing for the production version.

Changes to the Valkyrie During Concept Stage

Aston Martin Valkyrie - Concept in Fall of 2018 - Interior - Manufacturer Instagram Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Valkyrie – Concept in Fall of 2018 – Interior – Manufacturer Instagram Picture – EuroDrift

The Aston Martin Valkyrie Instagram post shows a bit of changes since the previous concept. First, there are alloy wheels shown on the car, whereas the previous concept has carbon fiber. But, the car is being offered with that exact optional aerodynamic carbon fiber wheel cover set. Secondly, the exterior has revised side skirts as well as a lighting elements in the vent behind the front wheels. Thirdly, the blue to black paint job is beautiful, but it is most likely in use to cover some of the design. This means there may be more changes to the car that can be seen easily from the photos. Finally, the interior flaunts a few extra buttons and more seat padding. Carbon fiber still governs the interior though.

Who Wouldn’t Want to Own a Valkyrie?

Jump Inside the Aston Martin Valkyrie! | FIRST LOOK – Shmee150 – YouTube

Truthfully, who wouldn’t want to own an Aston Martin Valkyrie? Well… someone. But, most of us car lovers would love to own it. With it’s hybrid drivetrain, this car sports 1,126 estimated horsepower. This is a combo of electric and gasoline elements producing power. The motor itself is a Cosworth 6.5-liter V12 engine. That in itself could make this a hypercar, but electrical motors can take it even further. The Valkyrie will set Aston Martin history as the first hypercar by the company. In conclusion, Aston Martin is really stepping up in the sports car and hypercar realms of the auto industry.

Aston Martin DBS 59: Celebrating 1959 Le Mans Victory in DBR1

Aston Martin DBS 59: Celebrating 1959 Le Mans Victory in DBR1

Celebrating a Victory from the Past

Aston Martin DBS 59 - White Model Number - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin DBS 59 – White Model Number – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

With the Aston Martin DBS 59, the company celebrates a 1959 Le Mans 1-2 victory in the DBR1. Basically, it is a DBS Superleggera, with changes to the exterior. Pricing isn’t clearly known, but there will only be 24 units from production. Hopefully, the correlation between 24 Hours of Le Mans and 24 units of production makes sense. If not, now it should. Each model will receive a small white number next to the side strakes to show which model number.

Differences from the DBS Superleggera

Aston Martin DBS 59 - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin DBS 59 – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

With the Aston Martin DBS 59 being a Superleggera under the hood, this car sports the same 715 horsepower engine. And, yes, it still reaches over 200 mph. But, the exterior sports major differences. Firstly, the car is painted with a British racing green tone. To complement this, there is gloss carbon fiber on the hood louvers, rear valence, roof, roof strakes, and spoiler. To offset this, bronze accents can be seen on the badging, brake calipers, front grille, and wheels. This combination truly symbolizes British racing. What is not to love about that?

Aston Martin DBS 59 - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin DBS 59 – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The interior of the Aston Martin DBS 59 is also stunning, just as the exterior. First, there is a tri-tone combo of colors. The seats comprise of brown and black leather. A British racing green trim can be seen to complement this color tone combination. The interior fabric is meant to connect with the past DBR1 model. Furthermore, even crazier, is the fact that the rear compartment holds quite a few specialty items. These include special DBS 59 crash helmets, period-correct blue race overalls, racing gloves, a bespoke two-piece luggage set, and a car cover specific to the model number. So, this ends up being quite the collector piece. Owning the car itself is one thing, but owning all of this other collectible ‘jawns’ is pretty cool.

Aston Martin DBS 59 - Rear Badging - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin DBS 59 – Rear Badging – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Another Stunning Vehicle by Aston Martin

AutoComplete: Aston Martin celebrates Le Mans win with DBS 59 – Roadshow – YouTube

As Aston Martin expands its lineup, it continues to stun fans worldwide. The Aston Martin DBS 59 is another amazing vehicle by the manufacturer. With its unique style, this is basically a collector’s edition of the DBS Superleggera. The Superleggera itself is amazing, but this takes it a whole other step further. Some people may even consider selling their Superleggera to upgrade. But, getting one of the 24 units will not be easy. In conclusion, the DBS 59 is another amazing feat of engineering by Aston Martin.

Aston Martin DBS 59 - Front Corner in Showroom - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin DBS 59 – Front Corner in Showroom – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Aston Martin Now Offering IPO at $24!

Aston Martin Now Offering IPO at $24!

Americans Miss Out on the Aston Martin IPO

Yes! The iconic sports car manufacturer, Aston Martin, plans to go public, and for $24 you can own a piece of their company. Well, unless you live in America, that is.

Aston Martin produces one of the world’s most well-known luxury brands. Thanks to James Bond, we will ever view them as luxurious and elegant. Plus, the whole spy thing makes us think of the Aston as high-tech.

(In case you didn’t know:  they’ve even made a limited number of the DB5 models with all of those spy gadgets included.)

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 - Scene from Goldfinger Movie - Front - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift
Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 – Scene from Goldfinger Movie – Front – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The news is that the British carmaker plans to begin trading on the London Stock Exchange in October. This would make them the first British automaker to go public.

Unfortunately, American investors will NOT be able to participate in the IPO. The company has chosen not to list its shares in the United States.

Who Owns Aston Martin?

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - Front in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift
2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – Front in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The principal owners of the company are various private-equity firms in Italy, Kuwait, and Germany. It is some of these firms that are selling off their stakes in the company to the public. Daimler, the German group, is not selling.

Aston Martin is not issuing new stock, nor is it attempting to raise additional capital.

Aston Martin says that 25% of the company shares will go to the public. Estimates put this figure at 56,305,622 to 57,380,3000 shares. Also, based on a statement by company executives last week, the cost to purchase a stake in the company should be around $24.

Business as Usual

AutoComplete: Aston Martin starts the paperwork for an IPO – Roadshow – YouTube

Penny Hughes will chair the post-IPO Board of Directors. Penny has served on a number of boards and works as an executive at Coca-Cola. Aston Martin will continue its direction under the leadership of CEO, Andy Palmer. He will also serve as a board member.

Note: The featured image of the NASDAQ display is by bfishadow of Flickr.

Aston Martin to Build 25 James Bond DB5 Models

Aston Martin to Build 25 James Bond DB5 Models

“The name is Bond, James Bond”

Recently, Aston Martin announced a decision to build 25 James Bond DB5 models. Previously, a few years ago, Aston built a limited amount of DB4 GT models. Now, after its success, Aston aims to redo the legendary DB5. In the James Bond film Goldfinger, the Aston Martin DB5 makes it debut to fame. On a further note, EON Productions will be involved in the new builds of the car, which is the company that produces the Bond films. This is an exciting time for auto enthusiasts and collectors. Owning one of these models may not withhold the treasure of one from the past, but a new one will still be stunning, and well worth it.

Basis for the Goldfinger DB5

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 - Ferrari Pursuit Action Scene - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 – Ferrari Pursuit Action Scene – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The 25 James Bond DB5 models by Aston Martin will have a basis on the original car. This car was built by Aston Martin Works years ago. But, there will be alterations to improve quality and reliability. These cars are meant to be authentic reproductions of the Goldfinger version of the car. So, this means the exterior will be Silver Birch paint. Furthermore, the car will have additional functioning gadgets such as revolving license plates. These are gadgets seen in the James Bond film, making this car even more unique.

Statement by Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 - Sean Connery Posing - Side - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 – Sean Connery Posing – Side – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

”The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond is something of which we are very proud, and it is remarkable that the DB5 remains the definitive James Bond car after so many years… To own an Aston Martin has long been an aspiration for James Bond fans, but to own a Silver Birch DB5, complete with gadgets and built to the highest standards in the very same factory as the original James Bond cars? Well, that is surely the ultimate collectors’ fantasy. The skilled craftspeople at Aston Martin Works and the expert special effects team from the James Bond films are about to make this fantasy real for 25 very lucky customers.” – Statement by Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer

Obviously, there is a major connection between 007 and Aston Martin. This venture started years back and continues even today in newer films. Recently, another 007 film was announced to be in the works, bringing back the current actor Daniel Craig. Previously, when the Silver Birch DB5 made its debut, Sean Connery was 007. At the time, he did a fantastic job and fulfilling the role. This movie made a major link between James Bond and Aston Martin. A DB5 with 007 gadgets built in the same factory is absolutely a collector’s dream. With a limited run of 25 units, this car will be a tough purchase to find, for almost everyone.

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 - Sean Connery with View - Side - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 – Sean Connery with View – Side – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The MSRP is $3.5 Million USD

GOLDFINGER – Bond Car Chase Through Furka Pass in Switzerland – virtualee2000 – YouTube

In conclusion, the Aston Martin James Bond DB5 models will be quite a spectacle. With a MSRP of $3.5 million USD, this car targets only the wealthy. Only 25 customers will be lucky enough to get their hands on this specific build. But, even furthermore, this car will not be street legal. So, basically, it becomes a display piece for the living room. But, who wouldn’t want a James Bond DB5 as the centerpiece inside their house? Aston expects to deliver these vehicles to customers starting in 2020.

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 - Posing in London - Rear - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 – Posing in London – Rear – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

A Limited Production of 20 Units

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Front Corner with View - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Front Corner with View – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

During the 1960 London Motor Show, Aston Martin introduced the DB4 GT Zagato. The 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is a grand tourer (GT) coupe. Basically, the car begins as a DB4 GT. But, it receives alterations by the Zagato Factory in Italy, making it ever so greater. Thanks to Ercole Spada, this car became slightly smaller and more lightweight. From 1960 to 1963, Aston worked with Zagato to produce 20 total cars. Also, noteworthy, this car is to not be confused with its successor, the Aston Martin V8 Zagato.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

3.7-Liter DOHC Straight-6 Engine

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Engine Bay - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Engine Bay – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato sports a 3.7-liter aluminum twin-spark DOHC straight-6 motor. This engine produces 314 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. Supporting the motor is a David Brown all-synchromesh 4-speed manual transmission. With a compression ratio of 9.7:1, this car can reach 60 mph in only 6.1 seconds. From 0 to 100 mph, the Zagato takes only 14.1 seconds. On the high end, this car can reach around 154 mph. For the time, this car was able to compete in Grand Prix and Le Mans racing events. Thankfully, due to the Zagato Factory, this car shed over 100 pounds from the base DB4 GT.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Interior - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Interior – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

A Review of Parts & Specifications

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Front Fender - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Front Fender – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

As an older car, the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato has some top-notch specs from back in the day. Firstly, there is a rack and pinion steering layout, which can be seen in modern race cars as well. Next, there are wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers, and an anti-roll bar in the front. As per the rear, there is a live axle on coil springs. Furthermore, the brakes are Girling discs all around with no servo and separate master cylinders. On the carburetor side, there are three Weber 45 DCOE4 carbs. Finally, the car finishes off with Borrani 16×5” wire spoked alloy rims with Avon Turbospeed Mark II tires.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Rear Overhead - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Rear Overhead – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

A Brief DB4 GT Zagato Racing History

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - 1 VEV - Front Bumper - Silverstone 2009 - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – 1 VEV – Front Bumper – Silverstone 2009 – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

At Goodwood in 1961 during Eastertime, the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato raced in its first outing. Surprisingly, the car was able to accomplish 3rd place while being driven by Stirling Moss. Next, the car made its own history by winning first place in the July 1961 British Grand Prix Support race. The model sporting “2 VEV” obtained the DB4 GT Zagato’s first victory under John Ogier’s Essex Racing Stable. Unfortunately, this car was crashed at Spa in 1962, requiring it to be rebuilt. This led to alterations which were later removed after another road accident. Finally, the DB4 GT Zagato Chassis 0200 participated in the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately, again, this car blew a piston after 9.5 hours of race time.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - 2 VEV - Rear - Silverstone 2009 - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – 2 VEV – Rear – Silverstone 2009 – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

A Tip of the Hat to the DB4 GT Zagato

The Aston Martin DB4 GT Lightweight Is Much Stronger Than English Breakfast Tea – Petrolicious – YouTube

Overall, the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is quite a spectacular vehicle. Initially, the MSRP of this car was $7,080 USD. At the time, this was enough money to buy a livable home. Not surprisingly, this car recently sold by RM Sotheby’s New York for $14,300,000. That is quite an increase in value for the car. Regardless, this car is worthy of its highly collectible status, especially due to 19 remaining. In conclusion, it is only right to tip a hat to the DB4 GT Zagato due to its unique history.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: The Ultimate Machine

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: The Ultimate Machine

Aston Martin’s Ultimate Machine

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - Front - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is Aston’s ultimate production vehicle. With a MSRP of $308,000 USD, this is one pricey Aston Martin. From front to rear, this vehicle arrives with a fine British design. Between a V12 engine and sporty light-weight materials, this car is quick across the board. If the crème of the crop is a preference, this car is for you. Furthermore, this DBS has a heavy basis in the DB11 AMR.

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - Front in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – Front in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Twin-Turbo DOHC 5.2-Liter V12 Engine

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - V12 Engine - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – V12 Engine – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Under the hood, the 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera sports a twin-turbo DOHC 5.2-liter V12. This motor produces a whopping 715 horsepower and 663 lb.-ft. of torque. This is the same engine as the Aston Martin DB11 AMR, but with an extra 4.4 psi. This extra psi allows for gains of 85 horsepower and a 147 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, this motor works in combo with an 8-speed auto transmission. Obviously, there are paddle shifters.
From 0 to 60 mph, the DBS Superleggera takes only 3.2 seconds. Furthermore, reaching 100 mph takes only 7.3 seconds. On a quarter mile, the DBS Superleggera completes it in 11 seconds. Phew… this is a quick Aston Martin. On the top end, the car can reach 211 mph. These stats place this car close to the realm of hypercars.

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Additional Features Over Base Model

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera arrives with a beastly V12, but also much more. Firstly, this car starts with a beautiful hexagonal grille on the front. Next, the body adorns carbon fiber racing material. Thirdly, there are leather upholstered high-performance seats. All of this works together to create a stunning sports car. Obviously, other features are optional on this car.

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The DBS Superleggera Shouldn’t Disappoint

New Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 2019 review – see why it IS worth £225,000! – carwow – YouTube

In conclusion, the 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is the ultimate machine. With the roaring V12 and the stylish racing body, this car is a treat to drive on the track. If $300,000 is in the ballpark, this car is definitely a great choice. The 8-speed transmission may seem too much, but the performance numbers show otherwise. There was a time when 7-speed transmission were “out there”, but now they’re the norm. Overall, the DBS Superleggera is another fine Aston Martin design.

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - Rear in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – Rear in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2020 Aston Martin DBX: Another British Luxury SUV

2020 Aston Martin DBX: Another British Luxury SUV

Get Ready for the Aston Martin SUV

For the 2020 model year, Aston Martin plans to bring a 4-door crossover SUV to the market, the DBX. The 2020 Aston Martin DBX will be Aston’s attempt to join the luxury SUV market. Recently, many luxury brands have built their own style of SUVs. This includes manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Lamborghini, and even Rolls-Royce. With this vehicle, Aston hopes to increase its sales above 4,000 globally per year. But, this will heavily depend on the market reaction upon an official debut. By impressing everyone, Aston may be able to stand out in the luxury SUV market.

Features & Specifications

Initially, the Aston Martin DBX was on display as a 2-door concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. From exterior to interior, this car should please most auto enthusiasts. Firstly, there will be a reworked component set of the DB11 coupe, mostly of aluminum. Secondly, the production version in 2020 should feature a Mercedes V8 engine. But, Aston does intend to release a fully electric SUV within a few years later. Thirdly, as per production, this vehicle is on track to be built in Wales. Unfortunately, for 2-door SUV enthusiasts, Aston doesn’t plan to build an AMC Spirit.

“To Be, Or Not To Be? That is the Question.”

FIRST LOOK: Aston Martin DBX Concept – Geneva 2015 – Shmee150 – YouTube

This famous quote by William Shakespeare in Hamlet, Act III, Scene I relates to this vehicle. But, with every new luxury SUV, this question falls present. Aston Martin does not want to embarrass itself with another failure such as the Lagonda SUV (not saloon). The Aston Martin Lagonda SUV was on display at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. As per the 2020 Aston Martin DBX, this vehicle will have decent competition. These vehicles include the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and the Tesla Model X. As per price point, the DBX is expected to cost around $225,000. This is decently more than the Model X but definitely cheaper than a Cullinan. In conclusion, time will only tell if the DBX will be successful… or not.

Aston Martin DBX 2-Door Concept - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Aston Martin DBX 2-Door Concept – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Note: The pictures for this article are of the 2-door concept DBX. The release DBX will be a 4-door variant. Aston Martin has not released official pictures yet for the rendition.

Prince Charles’ 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante Sold at Auction

Prince Charles’ 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante Sold at Auction

The Prince of Wales

Prince Charles - Prince of Wales - Attending Church at Sandringham - Christmas Day 2017 - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Prince Charles – Prince of Wales – Attending Church at Sandringham – Christmas Day 2017 – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Prince Charles, also known as the Prince of Wales, is a member of the British royal family. He is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II, making him heir to the throne. Prince Charles started his dukedom as Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay in 1952. Born November 14, 1948, the Prince of Wales is currently only 69 years old. Regardless, he is the oldest and longest serving heir known in British history.

1969 Aston Martin DB6 MkII

1969 Aston Martin DB6 MkII - Front During Royal Wedding of Prince William - Duke of Cambridge - Royal Wedding Photography - EuroDrift

1969 Aston Martin DB6 MkII – Front During Royal Wedding of Prince William – Duke of Cambridge – Royal Wedding Photography – EuroDrift

Not for sale, but worth discussing, is Prince Charles’ 1969 Aston Martin DB6 MkII. The Queen gave Prince Charles the DB6 MkII for his 21st birthday. Not surprisingly, Prince Charles will not depart with his treasured DB6. In 2008, the vehicle was modified to run on biofuel distilled from excess wine produced near Highgrove Estate. The Prince has also installed this technology on an Audi, multiple Jaguars, and a Range Rover. Regardless, this car is stunning, so it is obvious why this vehicle is not for sale. Lastly, this DB6 MkII can be seen above at the royal wedding of the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.

1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante

1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante - Front - Bonhams Auction - EuroDrift

1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante – Front – Bonhams Auction – EuroDrift

In 2012, Prince Charles put his 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante up for auction at the Bonhams auction. On the exterior, this Virage has a hunter green paintjob. Furthermore, under the hood, the vehicle sports a 6.3-lite V8. This engine produces 456 bhp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. From 0 to 60 mph, this car takes only 5.5 seconds. In addition, this car has an electric hood with a glass screen. Finally, at only 34,000 miles in immaculate condition means this is quite the collector car.

A Successful Auction for the Prince

Aston Martin V8 Volante ‘Prince of Wales’ – Nicholas Mee & Co Ltd – YouTube

At auction, Prince Charles’ 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante sold for £119,100 (GDP), or $155,332.96 (USD). This amount is much more than the initial estimation value of £60,000-£70,000. The Virage Volante made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1991 and was lent to the prince until 2007. So, technically, this car was never truly owned by the Prince of Wales. After the Virage was given back, it was shown at Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon, England. Either way, this car isn’t as nice as the 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero at Prince Harry’s wedding.

Red Bull Formula One: Aston Martin Caravan Race

Red Bull Formula One: Aston Martin Caravan Race

An Aston Towing a Caravan? Yes.

In a Top Gear style stunt, Red Bull Formula One drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen pull the ultimate race. Each driving an Aston Martin Vanquish variant, the two F1 drivers pull caravans around the ring. This Aston Martin caravan race takes place at the F1 Austrian Grand Prix track. At 1,760 lbs., the caravans didn’t stop the Aston Martins from a track day. Fortunately, the cars and drivers survived… unfortunately, the caravans did not.

Aston Martin & Red Bull Racing

Aston Martin Caravan Race - Towing Caravans - Red Bull Photograph - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Caravan Race – Towing Caravans – Red Bull Photograph – EuroDrift

The Aston Martin caravan race may make one ponder, what is the connection between Aston and Red Bull? Well, first off, Aston Martin is a Red Bull sponsor. This leads to a tendency of working together. Secondly, Red Bull’s involvement in the F1 racing scene has led to an interest in hypercars. Not surprisingly, Aston Martin is working with Red Bull on the stunning Valkyrie. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a beastly machine that will shake up the hypercar realm. Unfortunately, for Aston, Red Bull vehicles are built with Renault engines.

Daniel Ricciardo & Max Verstappen

Aston Martin Caravan Race - Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen - Red Bull Photograph - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Caravan Race – Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen – Red Bull Photograph – EuroDrift

The drivers for the Aston Martin caravan race were Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Ricciardo made his F1 debut in 2011 with Toro Rosso, Red Bull’s entry driver team. With 4 victories and 3rd place last year, this driver can race. During the caravan race, Ricciardo drives an Aston Martin Vanquish Volante with 576 horsepower. Now, everyone knows the Vanquish Volante is ready for the caravan road trip.

On the other hand, Max Verstappen made his start in F1 racing in 2015. Surprisingly, Verstappen was only 17 years old! This makes him the youngest F1 driver in history. This stunt wasn’t completely new as Verstappen. He once took the Red Bull F1 car up an Austrian Alps ski slope… yes, really. Lastly, Verstappen drove an Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante with 603 horsepower in the race.

Ready to See the Race? Hell Yes!

A Caravan Race with an F1 twist! Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen take to the Red Bull Ring – Aston Martin Red Bull Racing – YouTube

The Red Bull Racing Aston Martin caravan race is quite the spectacle. Who would’ve thought Aston Martin’s can tug a caravan along the track? Well, if you don’t know, now you know. If you did know, then… good for you. Unfortunately, in recent years, Red Bull is struggling with the hybrid powertrain rules from 2014. Regardless, Red Bull can still put on quite the show, on and off the F1 track. In conclusion, the Aston Martin Vanquish is a powerhouse waiting to show the world what it is capable of… or not?

Aston Martin Caravan Race - View of Caravans, Drivers, & Vehicles - Red Bull Photograph - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Caravan Race – View of Caravans, Drivers, & Vehicles – Red Bull Photograph – EuroDrift

The Aston Martin Lagonda: An Unconventional Saloon

The Aston Martin Lagonda: An Unconventional Saloon

The Unconventional Aston Martin Saloon

Aston Martin Lagonda - Interior - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Lagonda – Interior – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

From 1976 to 1990, Aston Martin offered a 4-door luxury grand tourer saloon called the Lagonda. The design of the Aston Martin Lagonda is by William Towns. With this unconventional design, Aston Martin was able to resuscitate itself in a degrading market situation. The overall design for the Lagonda follows the “folded paper” visual strategy. Starting in 1974, there are 4 series of releases for the Lagonda. Generally, the years for the series are as follows:

  • 1974-1975: Series 1
  • 1976-1985: Series 2
  • 1986-1987: Series 3
  • 1987-1990: Series 4

Each series offers different features, whether minor face-lifts, or entire overhauls in design.

Aston Martin Lagonda: Series 1 (1974-1975)

Aston Martin Lagonda - Rear - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Lagonda – Rear – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

In 1974 and 1975, the Aston Martin Lagonda was available as a series 1 model. The series 1 Lagonda was announced at the 1974 London Motor Show. The series 1 sports a 5.3-liter DOHC V8 engine with 280 horsepower and 301 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine allows for a top speed of around 149 mph. Additionally, from 0 to 60 mph, the series 1 Lagonda takes only 6.2 seconds. Furthermore, and most noteworthy, two units were upgraded to a 7.0-liter Aston Martin V8. Most important, this larger engine can reach between 440 and 480 horsepower.

Aston Martin Lagonda: Series 2 (1976-1985)

1984 Aston Martin Lagonda - Front - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1984 Aston Martin Lagonda – Front – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

From 1976 to 1985, the series 2 Aston Martin Lagonda was available on the market. This version features the same 5.3-liter DOHC V8 with 280 horsepower and 302 lb.-ft. of torque. A major alteration, that is a bit disappointing, is the downgrade of the acceleration and top speed. In the series 2, 0 to 60 mph takes 8.8 seconds, 2.6 seconds slower than the series 1. On top of this, the top speed is lower at 143 mph.

On the technology side, the series 2 Lagonda initially had a digital LED dashboard and touch pad controls. These features were abandoned in 1980. On the exterior, the series 2 also has minor alterations to the front bumper and air dam. Furthermore, the MSRP of the Lagonda in 1980 was the equivalent of $68,883.23. This may seem cheap, but due to inflation, this is equivalent to a current buying power of $220,952.26. Thanks inflation, you’re the shi… best!

Aston Martin Lagonda: Series 3 (1986-1987)

1986 Aston Martin Lagonda - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1986 Aston Martin Lagonda – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

From 1986 to 1987, the series 3 Aston Martin Lagonda was in fashion. At this time, the units were limited to only 75. Differences for the series 3 are as follows: fuel injected engines and vacuum fluorescent display system. These features were a modernization of those technologies at the time. Otherwise, the series 3 didn’t differ too much from its predecessor.

Aston Martin Lagonda: Series 4 (1987-1990)

1989 Aston Martin Lagonda - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1989 Aston Martin Lagonda – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The series 4 Aston Martin Lagonda was brought into awareness at the 1987 Geneva Motor Show. This series features a significant facelift including rounded edges. Not surprisingly, this series was limited to only 105 units. One major visual alteration is the elimination of the pop-up headlights. On the series 4 Lagonda, there are new triple headlights. Furthermore, Aston Martin removed the side surge line and installed 16” wheels. The series 4 is also the last Lagonda series to hit the market. Unfortunately, in January of 1990, Aston Martin closed production on this unconventional saloon.

The End of the Unconventional Aston Martin Era

Classics Revealed: The 1984 Aston Martin Lagonda rides again – The Fast Lane Car – YouTube

Through its years of production, the Aston Martin Lagonda was as popular as it was unusual. To be honest, who would’ve thought that the Lagonda would save the manufacturer. But, in a positive direction, the Lagonda relieved Aston’s financial dilemma bringing funding to the company. In current years, the Lagonda still survives, but records show at least 20% are no longer in existence. Overall, the Lagonda took the world by surprise and kept Aston in the auto world.

1987 Aston Martin Lagonda Shooting Brake - Rear - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1987 Aston Martin Lagonda Shooting Brake – Rear – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

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