Car for Sale: One-Off 2014 Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2
Don’t get us wrong. The Aston Martin Rapide is a special car itself. It was the first four-door Aston Martin to make it into production and a declaration of beauty as far as its design went. One particular customer, however, wanted all that and more luggage room – after all, the Rapide only offered 317 liters of trunk volume, which is hatchback territory – and that’s how the one-off Rapide Bertone Jet 2+2 was born.
A Deep Look Into Aston Martin’s Mid-Engined History
Aston Martin is known as a maker of exquisite and refined grand tourers, long-legged cars that offer enough panache to satisfy Ian Fleming’s James Bond on many an occasion. You could say Aston Martin knows every trick there is to know when it comes to building a front-engined GT car and that’s why they’re now looking to build more and more cars with the engine behind the seats. But the Valkyrie, the new Vanquish, and the AM-RB 003 aren’t the first of their kind in Aston Martin’s history.
When you think of any DB model from Aston Martin, you imagine an elegant two-door tourer ready for long journeys with a sumptuous and well-appointed interior and a feisty engine in front of the windshield. The company’s one and only Le Mans winner, the DBR1, was also front-engined as was the futuristic brick-like Lagonda luxury sedan from the ’70s. But, then, in the ’80s, when Aston Martin returned to sports car racing, it did so with a mid-engined car. This effectively heralded a new breed of Aston Martins, one that has stayed away from the public highways up until now but one that’s interesting to look into nonetheless.
Could This Aston Martin Vantage Shooting Brake Solve the Company’s Financial Problems?
Aston Martin has a weird history with shooting brakes or estates, if you wish. The company never went for an out-and-out wagon, but instead was satisfied with low-volume cars. Think of the one-off Rapide-based Bertone Jet 2+2 Shooting Brake or the more recent Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake, both reserved to One Percenters.
Then, what’s with this rendering of a practical Vantage?
Classic Car for Sale: Rare 1986 Aston Martin DB6 Volante
The Aston Martin DB6 doesn’t get the love it deserves. In some ways, that’s because it succeeded the Aston Martin DB5, considered as the most iconic Aston Martin model ever made. When you’re a model that’s following a model as legendary as the DB5, expectations can be unreasonably high.
The DB6 was a great Aston Martin; it just wasn’t the DB5. Still, the DB6’s collectible status has increased over the years, in part because of how rare they are. Only 1,788 units were built over a five-year stretch, and of those 1,788 units, one unit is now available through British classic car restorer Bell Sport & Classic.
This particular model is a DB6 Volante, the drop-top version of the standard DB6. It’s more than 12 times rarer — only 140 units were ever made — than the standard coupe DB6, and while it has undergone several restorations in its lifetime, it remains in top-quality condition. Bell Sport & Classic didn’t reveal a price tag for this DB6 Volante, but prepare to spend six figures for a chance to bring home one of the rarest Aston Martin models in history.
2021 Aston Martin Vantage 007 Edition
That Aston Martin is in a bit of a financial pickle these days is no secret. Still, the company found the time to give a new twist to its long-time collaboration with the James Bond franchise, which will celebrate its 25th 007 movie once No Time To Die airs.
The said twist includes a special edition Aston Martin Vantage and a DBS Superleggera, but it’s the former that we’ll examine closely in the lines below.
Prediction: Aston Martin Cars Will Get More Expensive Post Pandemic
At this point, even those living under the most obscure rock know that almost every automotive company – aside from Tesla it seems – took a major hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aston Martin was on the bad side of that too, with sales down some 64-percent in the first half of 2020 and a total revenue of just £146 million. The company’s plan to bounce back includes “rebalancing supply to demand” and reducing production of key sports car lines to focus more on the DBX SUV. Part of this profitability increase means cutting 500 jobs, but I also see a hidden message that says “give us more money.” Let me explain.
Someone Mixed the Aston Martin DB11 With a Fiat 124 Spider and It Actually Looks Good
The Aston Martin DB11 is an amazing car. And for what it is, despite the lower niche it sits in, the Fiat 124 Spider – and Mazda MX-5 Miata for the matter – is just as awesome in its own way. The former is a thoroughbred sports car that, in its base form, pumps out 503 horsepower from a turbocharged V-8. The latter, on the other hand, is good for a measly-in-comparison 164 horsepower from a much smaller 1.4-liter four-banger. What if things were different, though? What if the Aston Martin DB11 actually carried around a significant portion of Fiat 124 DNA? It sounds outlandish, but one rendering artist set out to find out, and the truth is, it actually looks pretty awesome – let’s just hope that a 1.4-liter engine is nowhere to be found.
Ian Callum’s Vanquish 25 Is Definitely More Than Your Run-of-the-Mill Aston Martin Vanquish
One of the most iconic car designers of the modern world, Ian Callum, has worked with big automakers such as Ford, Aston Martin, and Jaguar. He penned quite a few legendary cars, including the Ford Escort Cosworth, Aston Martin DB7, DB9, and Vanquish, and the Jaguar XK, XJ, F-Type, and F-Pace. Callum redesigned from Jaguar in 2019 to create his own company, Callum Designs, and his most recent project is a redesign of the first-generation Aston Martin Vanquish. A car that he designed back in the early 2000s, the first-gen Vanquish was reimagined with "over 350 engineering, material and design changes that transform the much-loved car into a more practical and relevant GT."
Here’s What It’s Like to Drive 007’s Aston Martin DB5 From No Time to Die!
The Aston Martin DB5 is one of the most iconic cars in the world thanks to its elegant and sporty design, as well as being one of the most powerful grand tourers of its time. But the DB5 also became famous because it was featured in various installments of the James Bond franchise. It debuted in Goldfinger in 1964, but it was also featured in Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006), and Skyfall (2012). The DB5 is scheduled to return to the James Bond franchise in No Time to Die, the 25th installment that’s set to debut in November 2020. As a result, the folks over at Carfection took the car for a spin and had a chat with 007 stunt driver Mark Higgins.
Aston Martin and Mercedes to Part Ways Over the Death of AMG’s V-8
For those of you living under a rock for the last decade, Aston Martin has long borrowed Mercedes-AMG’s V-8 for its sports cars. That very engine powers the Vantage, DB11, and even the new DBX, but that’s also a big problem because Mercedes-AMG is working on slowly phasing out its V-8 engine. That leaves Aston Martin to either suck it up and transition to four-cylinders – something that won’t happen for a long time to come, if ever – or come up with its own new powertrain. Well, as you probably already guessed, Aston is taking the better route and is now preparing to develop an electrified V-6 engine for use in most of its future cars.
Forget About No Time To Die, Check Out These Rad James Bond Cars Instead
Although James Bond movies typically go together like winter and January, the upcoming No Time To Die installment has made a lot of gearheads happy. You could attribute that to the power of social media and car brands wanting as much exposure as possible, but it’s surely nice that so much car content has been generated by the latest 007 movie.
Daniel Craig’s last ride as James Bond will see some Land Rover Defenders bouncing off rough terrain, crashing, and then bouncing some more. It also motivated Top Gear to go out and drive some of the best Bond cars to feature on the big screen.
2020 Aston Martin DBS ‘59’ and Vantage ‘59’
Aston Martin is rolling out a pair of special edition models to celebrate the automaker’s historic one-two finish at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. Appropriately dubbed the “59 Edition” models, 24 units of the DBS Superleggera and 59 units of the Vantage AMR have been given the special edition treatment.
Both models take their exclusive styling cues from the race-winning DBR1 racer, which roared to victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1959, beating powerhouse teams from Ferrari and Porsche on its way to victory.
The super rare Astons were commissioned by the automaker’s dealership in Gloucestershire, England. The cost of owning the DBS Superleggera 59 comes up to £325,000 — that converts to around $420,000 — while the Vantage AMR 59 is priced at $209,995. Sadly, all 24 units of the DBS Superleggera 59 are already accounted for, though there might still be available units of the Vantage AMR 59.
2020 Aston Martin Vantage Volante
The 2020 Aston Martin Vantage Volante is the convertible version of the Vantage, the company’s most affordable sports car. Unveiled a couple of years after the coupe, the 2020 Vantage Volante features the quickest folding roof on the market, which takes only 13.5 seconds to pack and unpack. The 2020 Vantage Volante is heavily based on the Vantage coupe so it comes with the same underpinnings under the shell. Powered by a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine borrowed from AMG, the 2020 Vantage Volante hits the road with 503 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of twist on tap. The British drop-top competes with high-performance convertibles like the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and the Porsche 911 Cabriolet.
2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster Debuts World’s Quickest-Folding Soft Top
Largely based on the Vantage coupé, the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster - that’s right, it’s not called the Volante anymore as you and I expected, but simply Roadster - receives the same 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 sourced from AMG but instead of a fixed roof, it packs the quickest fabric top ever made.
As every other Aston Martin out there, the Vantage Roadster doesn’t come cheap. You’ll have to scoop up at least $161,000 if you live in the US of A, €157,000 in Germany, and about £127,000 in the U.K. That’s $11,000, €3,000, and £6,000, respectively, on top of the coupé model’s starting sticker.