When it comes to unique cars, the Bertone Jet 2+2 takes the cake with ease

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.

The only one of its kind

Car for Sale: One-Off 2014 Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2 Exterior
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Try to ignore the fact that the Aston Martin Rapide had the gear selector deconstructed and spread on the center console, with a big round button for P, R, N, and D. Or that fact that the front and rear windows overlapped when closed to seal off the cabin from the rain. A particular Mr. Barry Weir wanted more from the Rapide, and since Aston Martin wasn’t selling a shooting brake version at the time, the only way for such a car to exist was as a one-off.

Easier said than done. Mr. Weir designed the car - on the back of a briefcase, nonetheless – and the rear section alone took three and a half months to be perfected.
Car for Sale: One-Off 2014 Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2 Interior
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On top of that, Aston Martin’s chief designer Marek Reichman initially rejected the final design because the folks over at Bertone wouldn’t use the upgraded Rapide front grille on the one-off car.

In the end, it all came together and the Jet 2+2’s body was hand-assembled just in time to debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, where it made a lot of jaws drop. Since it hadn’t been teased or hyped whatsoever, the car was a genuine surprise and got a lot of natural attention. Maybe the fact that the original Rapide was inspired by the DB9, a gorgeous car from every angle, contributed to its sleek appearance suited to the shooting brake treatment.

Car for Sale: One-Off 2014 Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2 Drivetrain
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Other than the modified body, the Bertone Jet 2+2 featured the standard Rapide powertrain, aka a 5.9-liter V-12 with 470 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 443 pound-feet of torque at 5000 rpm. In the regular, 4299-pound Rapide, the mill, helped by a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters, could boast 0-60 mph sprints of 5.1 seconds en route to a top speed of 188 mph.

2014 Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2 specifications
Engine 5.9-liter V-12
Horsepower 470 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 443 LB-FT @ 5,000 RPM
0 to 60 mph 5.1 seconds
Top Speed 188 mph
Car for Sale: One-Off 2014 Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2 Exterior
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The car in question is on sale via Classic Mobilia and it reportedly has just 10,000 miles on the odometer. That and its one-off status might demand a hefty price, easily into six-figure territory. Unfortunately, the ad doesn’t mention such details.

Source: Classic Mobilia

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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