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Aston Martin: More Than a Feeling

“There’s an abundance of leather on almost every surface and the seats are extremely comfortable.”

Aston Martin has taken it upon themselves to create the most beautiful car in the world. It’s in the plans laid out by CEO Andy Palmer, and their latest model featuring the initials of founder, David Brown, certainly points them in the right direction. However, unlike Astons of old, the new DB11 puts aerodynamics and performance first. After a recent investment from Daimler AG, great things are expected for the infamous British brand.

Aston Martin: More Than a Feeling

The design is sleek, having air intakes and lines blended into the bodywork ingeniously to add to the beauty of the aesthetics. Nothing feels chopped up on the outside of this Aston. The lines are all there for the purpose of reducing as much drag as possible, while keeping the grand tourer planted firmly on the ground. An “Aeroblade” removes the need for a rear spoiler, by using the air flowing over the rear to create a virtual one. There is, however, a pop-up spoiler for additional support and if you get down on your hands and knees, you’ll also see the undercarriage is completely smooth. This is not just a pretty body, it was designed to make you go faster.

The clamshell bonnet is so large that they almost couldn’t find a piece of aluminum big enough to fit the vehicle. It is currently the largest fitted to a production sports car and is based on the two-thirds one-third proportions ratio. And not having those opening lines across the front of the bonnet means the car is not only more aerodynamic, it is also aesthetically more pleasing. This golden ratio extends to the entirety of the car, from the amount of body to glass, to the previously mentioned lines running down the side of the body.

With any big new Aston, what you really want to know is what’s under that bonnet. Well the first version of the DB11 harbours a 5.2 litre twin-turbo V12 monster with a roaring soundtrack and the signature of its engineer engraved on a plaque right on top. When you see this, you know you’re about to start a special bond with what’s underneath. It has 600 bhp and enough torques to shred the 295 rear tyres under full acceleration. You’ll hit 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and peak at 322 km/h as you blast off into the horizon. Or if you live in the city — as most Aston drivers do — you’ll probably just blast to 90 km/h and into the next queue at the traffic lights. Fortunately, an 8-speed ZF transmission and cylinder deactivation will lower your fuel bill and impact on the environment.

The inside is very much as you’d expect. As you open those gorgeous swan doors and lower yourself into the cockpit, there’s an abundance of leather on almost every surface and the seats are extremely comfortable. It is a grand touring car so there is the typical backseat for your children, and friends you’re not too keen on. The dials are made from high quality materials and the LCD instrument gauge is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor in terms of legibility. The entertainment system is from Mercedes, which is a lot more advanced and easier to use than the previous one as well.

You’ll feel like you are in a one-of-a-kind, hand-built luxury car, a feeling that many brands these days tend to fail in delivering. The noise through the exhaust is superb, but when you want to cruise comfortably and listen to your favourite beats, the Bang & Olufsen stereo will blow you away. With 1,000 watts and speakers that rise out of the dash at the push of a button, not much comes close to this Danish system for the true audiophile.

The DB11 is one of the best all-round grand tourers money can buy. There’s also a high chance it will be the next Bond car and that alone would make it worth purchasing. However, it doesn’t really need to rely on the famous spy to be desirable.  It brings looks, heritage, performance and quality to the luxury coupe sector and is a clear progression from the DB9 it replaces. Aston Martin’s recent collaboration with new shareholder Daimler is proving to be a match made in heaven.

For more information, visit www.astonmartin.com.sg  or www.wearnesauto.com.

Words Robbie Wilson

Aston Martin DB4 for Sale

Aston Martin DB4 – Quintessentially British

The Pre-Production Aston Martin DB4 for Sale

Just over a week ago, Paul McCartney’s Aston Martin DB5 was auctioned for $1.8 million followed by the 1960s DB5, once owned by Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, was listed for sale on a classic car website. For classic car collectors, the pre-production of the 1959 DB4 is now up for sale through the London-based classic car experts Hexagon Classics, which is said to be even more exclusive and rare.

Thanks to the key people who were involved in the development of the DB4 in 1956, the four-seater coupe was designed with aluminum panels fixed to a tubular frame by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, that bills itself as the “Superleggera”.

Come to the pre-production of the 1959 DB4, the Blu Scozia by Hexagon Classics was the only third right hand drive version that rolled out of the Newport Pagnell factory and had gone through 37 years of upgrades by Aston Martin aficionado Richard Williams, according to AFP Relaxer.

DB4 in 1959

What made this particular DB4 so special is “the fact that it was registered originally by Aston Martin as its London demonstrator model before production began, and continued until 1963,” said the source.

This model has been updated with a five-speed gearbox, and the wheel arches have been modified to accommodate a larger set of offset wire wheels. This example was raced in the legendary hill climb events, and after an extensive restoration, the DB4 could cost as much as £222,000, making the pre-production model one of the finest and a rare find anywhere in the world.

For more details on the pre-production of the 1959 DB4, please visit Hexagon Classics.

Cruise to Higher Altitudes with Aston Martin’s Vanquish S Ultimate

Three bespoke touches are developed for the 175-vehicle run to offer customers maximum choices

British coveted sportscar maker, Aston Martin, famed for creating the future of grand tourers and race cars, will be proudly unleashing a very ultimate edition of its current flagship super GT model in limited runs – the Vanquish S – in three design themes.

The new grand tourer model takes performance reference from the previous Vanquish S Coupe and Volante and add accents to the new Vanquish S’ uniqueness by marrying across three styles: of heritage, technology and artisanship, to give birth to a new star that will excite the senses, and each to his own, definitely worth the wait.

“As the much-loved and highly-acclaimed Vanquish S nears the end of production, we wanted to celebrate its success with a limited run of very special cars. The Ultimate edition perfectly captures the spirit of Vanquish.” – Aston Martin VP, Christian Marti

The new design of Vanquish S will see subtle changes to the sculpted body and interior aesthetic, including the fitted of carbon fibre side strakes to rectify the airflow around the wheels, and new rose-gold ‘Ultimate’ vehicle decal will style part of the exterior.

What will retain will be the same transmission, carbon chassis fiber and braking set up and the 6-litre, 595bhp, V12 engine that powers the previous Aston’s Vanquish S Coupe and Volante.

New quilting design for the leather seats

Three unique design themes have been carefully selected to ensure each exterior colour works brilliantly to complement the interior scheme.

Inside the grand tourer, Aston’s high-level of craftsmanship starts with the single Ultimate Black tone effect to contrast with copper bronze detailing around the front air intake and rear diffuser. The same effect is applied to the interior, featuring the seats enveloped in obsidian black leather and outlined by chestnut tan with carbon fibre twill facia and accent stitching.

The second takes inspiration from the look and materials used in technical sportswear. Combining Xenon Grey paint with contrasting Cobalt Blue, the exterior blends tastefully with Ultimate’s carbon fibre and black trim. The copper bronze detailing remains while the interior exudes electron Yellow accents and spectral blue stitching juxtapose against the leather upholstery in phantom grey. And Chestnut tan puts a modern twist to stand out against the black leather accents with detailing.

The third is the strongest in terms of the colour palette, featuring grey paint finish accented with cobalt blue detailing, plus bright yellow brake callipers. Inside, the seats are wrapped in grey leather and highlighted with yellow and blue detailing.

The unique detailing run through to the window trims and 5-spoke wheels, plus extensive use of carbon fibre for the bonnet louvres, front grille and side strakes

Aston Martin owner can also tailor the car experience with bespoke touches to make it uniquely theirs at the company’s Q division.

Available in three striking paint schemes, you will have to act fast if you want to get your hand on the new Vanquish S Ultimate since only 175 editions will be produced. Orders are now being taken with first deliveries scheduled for early 2018.

For more information on the the new Vanquish S Ultimate, please visit http://www.wearnesauto.com/.


Photo courtesy of Aston Martin

A “Must-See” Luxury Residence: Automaker Aston Martin goes from Convertibles to Condominiums

Photo courtesy of Aston Martin

A rendering of Aston Martin and G and G Business Developments’ luxury residences in Miami

The 66-story luxury condominium in Miami, Florida which is slated to complete in 2021 is British Luxury sportscar company Aston Martin’s first venture into the property line in collaboration with G and G Business Developments. The new residential tower will also mark Aston’s first foray into architecture design and construction.

The future residence tower will sit on 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way enclave, designed by Revuelta Architecture and Bodas Miani Anger to highlight the scarcity of the waterfront land available for development in downtown Miami.

Soon to be one of the most “extremely well received” property, said German Coto, CEO of G and G Business Developments, “I am confident we will deliver on our promise to create the ultimate residential tower and I’m looking forward to admiring the view from the top of this special building when it is complete.”

Miami’s Beachfront Luxury Homes

Once Aston Martin Residences Miami is ready for occupancy, the luxury residence comprising of 391 standard units will boast aerial views overseeing Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic. But the seven penthouses and one duplex penthouse will be beautifully framed with each having their own private pool and secluded terrace.

And Aston Martin says it is doing more than just personifying its corporate branding as what their Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman explains. The iconic real-estate is another extension to the marque’s portfolio inclusive of cars, luxury yachts and a submarine as well as other interior and exterior design projects driven by the Aston’s department Q bespoke service.

The Q Bespoke Service department at Aston’s exists to provide consultation and craft homes and furnishings that brings alive the latest designs from the pieces to the living spaces as seen from the automotive showroom.

The design team at Aston will oversee the entire design process from the building’s interior to the reception desk constructed with carbon fibre material (notable for its durability, light-weight and is corrosion resistance) and doors; inspired by Aston Martin custom-built handles and the ample use of special leather hides usually reserved for the hand-build GT cars.

“Aston Martin is on a growth trajectory globally and across the United States. Our partnership with G&G Business Developments to create Aston Martin Residences Miami, forms an important part of that growth story and of our desire to bring our brand to new audiences across the world.” – Simon Sproule, Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

The one-bedroom apartment is tentatively valued at $600,000 and the penthouses are expected to start from $50 million onwards.

Fast & Topless: The All-New DB11 Volante

The Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Renowned automobile maker, Aston Martin, is set to impress even the hardened die-hard top coupe drivers with the unleash of the all-new bespoke DB11 Volante Convertible in 2018, which has been quite an anticipated wait, dedicated to outdoor car enthusiasts.

The DB11 Volante open-top Aston Martin takes design reference from its predecessor [the DB9 Volante], with the new version coupe featuring an open car top and the four cylinders in the engine that formed part of the main profiles of the DB9 car model will be removed.

To strike a perfect balance between engineering and tasteful design, DB11 Volante highlights a new body style constructed from a lightweight bonded structure that is 26kg lighter and five per cent stiffer than the DB9 Volante.

Cabin view of the Aston Martin DB11 Volante

As seen in the interior, are very smart touches of craftsmanship highlighting the wooden veneer that embellishes the seat backs, and revealing to the outside world that subtle touch of class, each time the fabric drop top lowers down.

In addition, the DB11 Volante’s blend of strong lines and alluring exterior complementing an uninterrupted view will provide both the driver and passenger a greater sensory cruising experience on-the-road.

For many generations, Aston Martin’s range of cars has left a long-lasting impression on many of Aston Martin’s customers through its unique offerings that exude a unique character of one such luxury supercar, exemplified by the state-of-the-art innovation and stunning athletic appearance.

Fuelled by the brand’s ethos to “retain the structural and dynamic integrity” and while working around the challenges by “maximising the advantages” said Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, Aston’s DB11 open-top coupe is powered by a 510hp V8 engine rather than a velvety smooth V12, with four litre twin-turbocharged petrol engine.

The new DB11 is capable of delivering that “power plus three very different driving mode setups and an eight-speed paddle-operated automatic transmission, not to mention the limited slip differential with torque vectoring,” according to Aston Martin.

What’s eye-catching about the DB11 is the ISOFIX seat attachment points and the hood. The roof drop takes just 14 seconds to lower and about 16 seconds to raise even when driving at speeds of up to 31mph, with a 31mph headwind.

To encapsulate the brand’s engineering spirit at its best, Aston puts its DB11 to the toughest test – the steering wheel is heated and the fabric roof made up of eight insulating layers has been tested to destruction; first in weather chambers and then in Death Valley and around the Arctic Circle.

“The new DB11 Volante captures those qualities perfectly and promises the kind of pleasure and enjoyment that can only come from driving an open-top Aston Martin.” – Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO

With all the elements in place and the unrivalled performance car engine taking centrestage, the new Volante convertible car is set to join the ranks of the open-top sports GT car market to prowl the streets and live up to its reputation of one true luxury supercar.

Prospective car buyers, who are looking to secure the new Volante, the prices start at £159,900 in the UK, €199,000 in Europe and $216,495 in the US, and will schedule for delivery in early 2018.

The 4 Most Desirable (and Expensive) Cars to Drive in Singapore: Bentley Bentayga, Aston Martin Vanquish S, Lamborghini Aventador S, Bugatti Chiron

In 2014, a high net worth Singaporean with the initials PL debuted his US$3 million bespoke Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘1 of 1’ special edition at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance show in California. Though he wished to remain unanonymous, it became readily apparent to all and wealthy who the Bugatti Veyron belonged to since the statistics of high net worth men in Singapore with PL initials (easily identified since the letters were laser cut into the grille of his new Grand Sport Vitesse) could only be the famed Peter Lim, Singaporean business magnate and investor.

The 4 Most Desired (and Expensive) Cars to Drive in Singapore

With COE prices what they are in Singapore, the $3 million price tag shouldn’t faze anyone but what is especially mindblowing, even by standards of conspicuous consumption is that his special edition Bugatti Veyron is left-hand drive and thus illegal to be on Singaporean roads. That said, here are 4 of the most desirable and expensive cars you could drive in Singapore. First up:

Bentley Bentayga – US$278,380 or SG$920,000 (not incl. COE)

Hand-built, all-terrain and to borrow Gandalf’s description for Shadowfax, “the Lord of Horses”, Bentley’s Bentayga SUV is the “Lord of luxury SUVs” in a Singaporean landscape of Land Rovers and Porsche Cayennes. The distinctive muscular powerline of the Bentley Bentayga’s advanced aluminium exterior is defined by the sharply-defined crease that draws your eye from the front wheel along the front of the car and the B-shaped wing vents.

Bentayga’s distinctive design cues don’t stop at the exterior. The interior is beautifully handcrafted, too. Bentley employs exquisite wood veneers to create a seamless ‘ring of wood’ around the driver and passengers while light floods into the cabin via panoramic sunroof. Solid metal detailing with precision-knurled finish and the hand-stitched leather interior features serve to augment the ultimate expression of opulence – an analogue clock by way of Breitling, which can even be further customised with a white or black mother-of-pearl face and even diamonds inset in eight index positions.

Performance wise – the 2017 Bentley Bentayga is the fastest, most exhilarating production SUV in the world, with a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h) with its powertrain producing an impressive 900 Nm (664 lb ft) of torque.


Aston Martin Vanquish S – US$312,950 or SG$420300 (not incl. COE)

The Aston Martin Vanquish S embodies the essence of Aston Martin while redefining the core aesthetic and technical elements which make the British automobile such an icon of sportive capability, craftsmanship and power – everything a suave MI6 operative needs.

Building on the heritage of Aston Martin’s flagship Grand Tourer, the Vanquish S delivers improved engine power via an uprated 8-speed Touchtronic III Transmission 6.0 V12 engine producing 603 PS, enhanced dynamics throughquad-exhaust tailpipes, and revised inlet manifolds for increased engine airflow and all new styling to create a Grand Tourer of unprecedented grace, performance and superlative driving experience.

Form follows function as the design choices for the Aston Martin Vanquish S build on its powerful technical characteristics with functional aesthetics – a suit of carbon-fibre – creating a Grand Tourer of unprecedented lightness: Its new aerodynamic focused design features carbon fibre 2×2 twill front splitter and rear diffuser, improving high speed stability and accentuating exterior styling. Inside the cabin, Vanquish S delights with interior features such as Filograph quilt design options, Bang & Olufsen audio and the AMi III Infotainment system with all new satellite navigation.

Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster – on application

Building upon a legacy of Lamborghini’s historic S models like Miura, Islero, Countach, and Urraco, the Raging Bull returns with its most exciting version yet – the Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster. Highly desirable, make no mistake, with new V12 engine with a whopping 740 HP, it’s no Aventador S coupe with its roof removed, the Aventador S Roadster is an entirely different beast thanks to the new LDVA (Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva) and all new aerodynamics designed specifically for open-air driving like the electrically-operated rear window that maximizes air flow during normal operation but lets you hear the throaty Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster’s new V12 engine when down. Performance-wise, the Roadster outputs 740 horsepower like the coupe, delivering its century sprint in 3 seconds with a top speed of 349 kmh.

The new Aventador S Roadster delivers the utmost driving experience thanks to its innovative Lamborghini Active Vehicle Dynamics (LDVA) control unit, a system of active technologies that can manage each of the dynamic axles of the vehicle. LDVA system combines all the information coming from the car’s sensors and establishes in real time the best setting for each driving condition – what results is a steering system that involves all four wheels using Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) and Lamborghini Rear-wheel Steering (LRS) while the vertical vehicle dynamics is handled by the Lamborghini Magneto-rheological suspension (LMS) and the active rear aerodynamics.

Above the hood, lies a combination of deep and bold lines, dressing the Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster for topless aerodynamics, inspired by nature and aeronautics, with exhaust terminals that transform the rear end into that of a space shuttle and a front end that recalls the strength and elegance of nature’s apex predator. Inside, the interior of the Aventador S Roadster includes the finest materials and superior bespoke possibilities like the new S-trim configuration and use of exclusive innovative material such as Carbon Skin® to be the covering for some of the interior details. It’s little wonder that this Aventador Roadster is among Singapore’s most desired cars to have.

Bugatti Chiron – US$2,998,000 or SG$4,027,200

A successor to the Veyron, the Bugatti Chiron is the most powerful road car ever produced, with newly developed W16 engine producing an insane 1,500 hp, 25 percent increase in performance compared to its predecessor,from its 8 litres of displacement.The engine reaches its maximum torque of 1,600 Nm thanks to the 4 double-powered in-house Bugatti turbocharger which guarantee maximum torque at 2,000 rpm where the torque is maintained at this level all the way up to 6,000 rpm. The result is unbelievable acceleration which only comes to an end in the twilight zone somewhere beyond the 400 km/h mark, helped along by the seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, multi-plate clutch four-wheel drive system, and carbon fiber monocoque.

The jaw-dropping performance of the Bugatti Chiron is matched only by the opulence of its exterior and interior – stylistically, it carries the demanding design characteristics worthy of the world’s most exclusive production super sports car, inspired through Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, the new design language is characterised by extremely generous surfaces, which are demarcated by pronounced lines in the case of the Chiron. The interior is extremely luxurious, with hi-res digital displays, lush leather upholstery and a world-class audio system. Production is limited to 500 cars, and nearly a third of them have already been spoken for. Each and every Chiron is a one of a kind – as individual as its owners as the level of bespoke custom options that can be achieved is subject to very few limitations.


Luxury Car Launch: Aston Martin electric car RapidE will enter production in 2019


Aston Martin's first all electric RapidE spearheads the English brand's low and zero-emission strategy

Aston Martin’s first all electric RapidE spearheads the English brand’s low and zero-emission strategy

Yesterday, June 27, Aston Martin confirmed the production of the brand’s first completely electric car. The Aston Martin RapidE is set to enter production in 2019 for a limited production run of 155 cars. Based on the upcoming Rapide AMR concept, Aston Martin’s first all electric RapidE spearheads the English brand’s low and zero-emission strategy first launched by Aston Martin’s CEO Dr. Andy Palmer.

The Aston Martin RapidE is set to enter production in 2019 for a limited production run of 155 cars

The Aston Martin RapidE is set to enter production in 2019 for a limited production run of 155 cars


Luxury Car Launch: Aston Martin electric car RapidE will enter production in 2019

Outlined after Palmer’s first 150 days as CEO of Aston Martin, the company’s Second Century Plan was a comprehensive strategy for the ongoing growth and development of the 102-year old British sport car maker, laying mid-term actions in the area of new product development that will drive the growth, a strategy which involved the low and zero-emission car strategy

“RapidE represents a sustainable future in which Aston Martin’s values of seductive style and supreme performance don’t merely co-exist alongside a new zero-emission powertrain, but are enhanced by it, RapidE will showcase Aston Martin’s vision, desire and capability to successfully embrace radical change, delivering a new breed of car that stays true to our ethos and delights our customers.” – Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s president and CEO

Enter Williams Advanced Engineering. If they sound familiar, it’s because Williams Advanced Engineering is the the tech division of the Williams Formula 1 team, supply electric car batteries to Formula E, a contract which they eventually lost when McLaren won the bid last year. The outlook was less than positive until Williams Advanced Engineering received US$125 million capital to build native battery manufacturing facilities in the United Kingdom. This puts Williams Advanced Engineering in good stead to continue on the original RapidE concept.

Williams Advanced Engineering worked on the original RapidE concept

Williams Advanced Engineering worked on the original RapidE concept

Now Williams Advanced Engineering will support Aston Martin in producing all electric RapidE by focusing on the complex electronics and mechanical integration. Aston Martin’s new electric RapidE is based on the upcoming Rapide AMR concept. Using the structure of the Rapide AMR, that is to say, the four-door sports car looks and dynamics of the Rapide but eschewing the 6.0 V12 engine replaced by an undisclosed EV powertrain.

It goes without saying that the EV powertrain will imbue Aston Martin’s new all electric RapidE with instantaneous delivery characteristics of an electric car we are all familiar with – The Tesla. Following the same vein of other modern Aston Martins, the RapidE will utilise a bonded aluminium chassis; the VH architecture allows for light yet robust chassis construction which complements the performance characteristics required of a high end Aston Martin especially when the British carmaker has to manage not just total weight but weight distribution accounting for a large EV battery, volume of the luxurious interiors and trunk capacity, in a market already filled with competing EV sports sedans who have at least a 5 year head start.


When the concept RapidE was first unveiled in 2015, Aston Martin’s first electric car was expected to be an all-wheel-drive with a range of over 200 miles and 800+ hp. Official details and technical specs for the Aston Martin RapidE are not yet available and if 2015 information still holds true, than the company’s first electric sports car is expected to retail for $200,000 to $250,000. The RapidE will be a Limited build run of 155 cars with production set for 2019

Aston Martin's new electric RapidE is based on the upcoming Rapide AMR concept.

Aston Martin’s new electric RapidE is based on the upcoming Rapide AMR concept.


Aston Martin x Hogan: Luxury limited edition sneakers debut at London Men’s Fashion Week

Sneaker heads, this one’s for you! Men’s Fashion Week in London has shown us a number of collaborations between designers and brands, with this one being one of the most anticipated. Combining the ultimate street style cult favourite — the sneaker — with the sleek curves of a luxury car, the ‘Aston Martin x Hogan’ limited edition sneaker is stepping out this fall for Autumn Winter 2017/18.

Luxury sports car manufacturer Aston Martin is lauded for their contemporary and sophisticated aesthetic. Melding with Hogan’s quality craftsmanship, this pair of sneakers is one you’d need on your feet. Modelled after the iconic ‘Olympia’ sneaker by Hogan, these sneakers are made of full leather accompanied with nylon mesh to give it a sportier look. Details on the shoes are from Aston Martin’s artisan leather craft, reflecting the elegance of an Aston Martin sports car.

The tongue is decorated in Aston Martin’s classic kestrel tan leather with a pinched seam detailing, featuring a print of the iconic Aston Martin wings. Offered in four seasonal colours, the versatility of these sneakers gives you the free reign to dress them up, or down.

“Collaborating with brands that share our views on quality, style and elegance is important to us,” said Marek Reichman, EVP & Chief Creative Officer at Aston Martin. “Working with creative teams outside of the automotive industry helps to broaden our designers’ minds, and this is always a positive experience for both myself and my team at Gaydon. We take inspiration from all walks of life and our work with Hogan will help to shape and inspire many aspects of our future creations”.

“Hogan’s attention to detail and passion for beautiful products, and Aston Martin’s beautiful craftsmanship made this project a natural fit,” said Sergio Azzolari, General Manager from Hogan. “It was a pleasure for us to collaborate on a shoe that reflects the attention to detailing in Aston Martin sports cars.”

Each of these sneakers are crafted with the same exquisite craftsmanship seen in the British marque’s sports cars and the Italian master’s casual luxury shoes. Only 3,000 pairs of these lux kicks will be produced, so get them while they’re hot! The ‘Aston Martin x Hogan’ exclusive collection will be available at Hogan flagship stores worldwide, at Hogan and at the Aston Martin Dover Street brand centre from the end of June.

For more information, do visit Hogan and Aston Martin.







City Concours, London: Royal Honourable Artillery HQ hosts classic cars from Jaguar to Bentley and more

Despite being one of the wealthiest, collectible car-courting cities in the world, London has never played host to a genuine, concours-level classic car event. However, that is all about to change when the inaugural City Concours gets underway next week. It will be held on the grounds of the Royal Honourable Artillery HQ in the heart of London‘s financial square mile and, when it officially opens on Thursday, June 8, promises a display featuring 160 of the world’s rarest and most collectible cars from the early 1900s, up to the present day.

Among the cars selected, visitors will see Jaguar D-Type RSF 303, which clinched a podium place at Le Mans in 1957, a 1927 Bentley 3L Speed Wayman and a 1962 Maserati Vignale Spyder 3500.

But they will line up alongside modern classics like the Zagato Ferrari 550 GTZ Barchetta (just three built), a Singer reimagined Porsche 911, a Touring Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spyder and the current holy trinity of hybrid hypercars — a McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and a Porsche 818 Spyder.

Of course, no classic car show with a focus on supercars and genuine automotive exotica would be complete without a Bugatti Veyron or a Pagani, both of which will also be present.

“What will really set the City Concours apart from any other car event is the calibre of the cars we’re displaying,” said Andrew Evans, City Concours Director, “The chances of seeing one of these cars on the road are extremely low, but we’ll have all of them plus around a hundred more all gathered in the oasis of green that is London’s Honourable Artillery Company.”

But the other thing that will set this show apart from many others is the number of classics and automotive rarities on show that will be available to purchase. Those cars up for grabs will include a pristine Aston Martin DB2/4 MkII, a Mercedes 300SL, a Ferrari 599 SA Aperta and James Bond’s car of choice, an Aston Martin DB5

But why stop at just the car? Masons & Sons, home to Anthony Sinclair, the tailor that created Sean Connery’s singular look during his Bond years, will also be in attendance, as will a number of the country’s leading art dealers and some of the world’s most revered watchmakers.

Luxury car launches: Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Great Britain Edition only in China

For a car with Great Britain in its name, it sure is ironic that the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Great Britain Edition will only be available in China. While there is no end of environmentally conscious concepts and full production cars making their debut at this year’s Auto Shanghai, Aston Martin was on hand to remind the crowds that the present state of the automobile industry is pretty exciting, too.

Aston Martin’s stand this year is the performance of the fossil-fuel-powered cars on display. While its new hardcore race-focused ARM range of cars is already familiar to anyone who attended the Geneva Motor Show in March, the company did have something special just for Shanghai.

Built by the company’s ‘Q’ bespoke services division, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Great Britain Edition looks suitably stunning. But underneath the unique paint finish, custom embroidery and handmade badges, the Great Britain Edition is mechanically identical to a standard V8 Vantage, right down to its 4.7-liter, 436hp, naturally aspirated V8.

However, that small detail will be of little consequence to its potential owners. As well as being the world’s biggest market for electric cars, China will soon also be able to claim to be the biggest consumer of exotic and luxury cars. And in the highest echelons of the automotive market, exclusivity will always be a marque’s trump card.

Production of the V8 Vantage S Great Britain Edition is capped at five hand-built examples and will be exclusive to China. It will cost RMB 2,088,000 ($303,000), but for that substantial outlay buyers will get a car finished in Stratus White with blue-tinted wing mirrors and rear light inserts. Exterior Aston Martin badges boast a Union Flag pattern, while a final exterior reference to the British flag can be found on the brakes, which boast red calipers.

Inside, metal rotary switches are finished in anodized blue, the seats feature the wave quilting pattern usually reserved for its Zagato co-designed cars, there’s Aurora Blue leather and Union Jack embroidered details.

“The Q by Aston Martin service has grown substantially since it was first established in 2012. We have the opportunity to work with our customers, taking personalization to a different level,” said Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman. “Our commitment to Chinese customers is absolute, as demonstrated with the announcement that we are creating products designed specifically with the Chinese customer in mind.”

For more information, visit Aston Martin.

Luxury car launches: Aston Martin AM-RB 001 to debut at the Canadian International Autoshow

The long awaited Aston Martin AM-RB 001 has finally made its way to the stage at the Canadian International Autoshow. The company unveiled the concept version of this new model at its UK headquarters in July, but this has been the first time that anyone other than potential owners will have seen it in the flesh. “The AM-RB 001 is destined to become the defining hypercar of this decade and a hugely desirable investment for collectors and enthusiasts,” said Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer.

Developed in partnership with Red Bull Racing and its superstar Formula 1 designer, Adrian Newey, the AM-RB001 boasts a mid-mounted naturally aspirated V12 engine and a one-to-one power to weight ratio. It also uses cutting-edge racing developed aerodynamic trickery so that it behaves like an F1 car in the bends and at the limits of grip. However, because all of these systems have been largely integrated to the car’s underside, there are no huge spoilers, splitters or side skirts negatively impacting on the car’s visual aesthetic.

Even with such an impressive team working on the AM-RB001, there is no guarantee that it will be a decade defining hypercar. Especially as Mercedes-AMG is plotting a similar vehicle of its own that will be unveiled at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show in September. However, in terms of its appeal to the car collecting community, the Aston boss is completely correct.

Even though this car won’t be going into production until 2018 and when it does it will come with a £2 million price tag, every one of the 150 planned examples (25 of which will be track-only models) are already sold out. What’s more, if a potential owner changes his or her mind, Aston won’t be worried, as there’s a long list of people waiting to step in and take a car if an order is cancelled.

The 2017 Canadian International Autoshow will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and opens its doors to the public on February 17.

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Classic Cars Continuation: Aston Martin announced 25 new DB4GT to be produced in 2017

If you are into classic cars, there is no way you don’t know Aston Martin DB4GT. The two-seater coupe, on track from 1959 to 1963, is famous both for its performance and its rarity: only 8 of the lightweight, track focused model have been produced, out of the total 75 editions. Aston Martin, reviving the legend, announced the creation of 25 new cars, based on the ultralight model, with VIN numbers continuing the series and securing their origins. Same template, same limitations (none of them will be accredited to be driven on road for their use is to be restricted to racing circuits) and same performances.

The DB4GT was indeed one of the fastest and more powerful cars back in the day, going from 0-60mph in 6.1 seconds, and to 0 again in 20 seconds. Based on the standard DB4, the GT was 91kg lighter, without rear seats and included a 13cm shorter wheelbase. Its 3.7 liter straight-six engine with twin-spark ignition, used technology from Aston’s 1959 Le Mans-wining DBR1, and could produce 302bhp (62bhp more than a standard DB4).

Some small but valuable changes will however be made: the engine getting a quick power boost, and the aluminum panels being cut using the latest digital technology – perfecting the already perfect car.

“For over 60 years Aston Martin Works has devoted unrivalled skill and experience to preserving Aston Martin’s heritage. Now we are creating something for the future,” said Paul Spires, Commercial Director, Aston Martin Works.

A bespoke racing series, set over 2 years, will be created for the few lucky owners, allowing them to compete on some of the world’s best circuits.

Paul Spires, Aston Martin Works’ Commercial Director, declared “[This project] offers 25 individuals the opportunity of commissioning a classic, built to modern-day standards and ready to be enjoyed in an international track driving program as bespoke and individual as the cars themselves”.  The new DB4GT production is indeed a great opportunity for all classic car addicts to get a piece of history and enter a new, really exclusive community.

Convinced and ready to buy your own? You might need to dig into your savings: the 25 models will be sold for $2million and expected to be delivered in late 2017.

Aston Martin Releases Limited Edition Badges

With a successful show at the 2016 World Endurance Championship (WEC), Aston Martin has marked the impressive achievement with 250 handmade jewel-like badges. The set of badges will contain nine Aston Martin emblems that were specifically designed to reflect the nine countries in which a race was held this year. For the race at Silverstone in the UK, the British sports car company has introduced red, white and blue detailing to the badges and red and green feathers for the round held in Mexico.

What makes the design so special is that it is an exact replica of the ones that have adorned Aston’s V8 Vantage GTE competition cars. Hand crafted from a copper base using enamelling techniques normally found with jewelry, each badge takes up to 20 hours to create. The badges are produced under the watchful eye of British jeweler, Vaughtons. To help fans understand and appreciate the process and effort that goes into crafting the badges, Aston Martin published a video of the badges being made.

Considering that these badges are in fact racing memorabilia, it comes with a hefty price tag of £3,750 (that’s €4316 or $4650). Of course, fans of the motoring company will see this as a good investment.

Should Aston Martin’s drivers win the upcoming November 19 competition in Bahrain, then the brand will be making a clean sweep of the GT titles. And, if that does happen, don’t be too surprised if the company decides to build a celebratory collector’s edition car to go with those badges.

To watch the process of crafting the badge, catch the video below:

200 mph Club: McLaren 570S, Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

The supercar market seems to be growing larger and larger every year, with new brands launching and well known marques drawing more horsepower out of ever evolving models. If you’ve got the money to spend on a supercar there’s only a few places you’d look. We’ve lined up the latest must-own supercars from two legendary British manufacturers. Combined, the McLaren and Aston Martin have more than 1,000 horsepower and cost several million dollars.

The selection of cars was specifically chosen to show how very different a driving experience one can have for a not so different price. The racey McLaren 570S features a mid-engine twin turbo V8, rear wheel drive and F1 pedigree. This is the car that’s meant to bring McLaren to the “masses”.

We also have the classy Aston Martin V12 Vantage S. About to go out of production in its current state, this may be one of the last times we’ll have the opportunity to hear that monstrous V12 in this sleek two-seater. It’s modern “tech de force” and old school muscle.


McLaren 570S

The 570S – the backbone in the McLaren line – was launched to much fanfare. As I open the butterfly doors and lower myself into the driver’s seat, I’m amazed at how much space is in the cockpit. The design is minimalist and everything is digital. You feel like you’re sitting in a car with a purpose, a 562 horsepower purpose and at only 3,200 pounds, she’s light too. Like all other McLarens, the 570S is running their now familiar 3.8L V8. The engine is turbo charged and there is some lag, but the way in which it makes you feel when the turbo is at full blow is incredible. The “little” McLaren by far feels the fastest car here.

One thing I do notice when I sit down, is how I feel like I’m much closer to the road than in the Aston, although there is a lot of visibility. The large front windshield makes you feel like you’re in a bubble cockpit. As the engine burbles to life, I select first on the dual clutch gearbox and we pull away. The car is noticeably quiet – even with the sports exhaust fitted. To give you an idea, at full acceleration in videos we recorded, you can hear me clicking through the gears on the paddle shifters. It’s a unique sensation, although the car is a lot louder for people seeing it go past, than it is inside the cabin.

A noticeable trait of the smaller turbo charged engine, you’re not going to get the same aural excitement as in the naturally aspirated larger engines. I thought this would bother me, it didn’t… You feel like you’re in a street legal race car in this thing. The car has a semi hydraulic steering system, which means you get a lot of feel through the wheel. When you’re pushing the 570S hard – and believe me, you will be – you’re going to love the feedback the car is giving you.

This 570S is in McLarens Sports Series range – the lowest range in the manufacturer’s line-up – although it still feels like a supercar to me. It doesn’t have the 650S and P1’s fancy suspension, but it rides incredibly well nevertheless and moves like there’s no tomorrow. For the price, it’s an incredibly cool car, although if I were purchasing one, I like the way the 570 GT looks a little more and McLaren could still work on the way that exhaust note sounds. I can only go so fast most of the time, so I at least want the car to sound like I’m going fast. The aural excitement is one of the main reasons you’d buy a car like this.

The car has got a lot of grip and the confidence it inspires makes you want to push and push and push. Just knock it down a couple gears, step on the carbon ceramic breaks, turn in, then plant the accelerator on the way out. It’ll push you back in your seat and make you want more. Priced at almost SGD 900,000 (approx. USD 660,000), it’s quite a car!


Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

The baby daddy in the Aston Martin range. A beast in sheep’s clothing, with only extra vents and badging giving away what’s underneath. Designed by legendary car designer, Henrik Fisker, the Vantage is a familiar site in the Aston Martin line-up, having been around in its current guise since 2005. This is definitely it’s last hoorah before a new model is introduced.

Up front you’ll find a naturally aspirated 6.0L V12 producing 565 horsepower and a roar from behind that’ll wake the neighbours a mile away. Power is put to the ground through two very wide rear tyres and an automated manual transmission. It’s no longer Aston’s most powerful production model, but it’s still its fastest.

Getting into the Aston isn’t quite as fun as the McLaren, but it still features some very unique swan wing doors. They’re not just for show either. The doors actually open at the same angle of degrees as the wings on the Aston badge and allow for easier clearing of street curbs.

As I push the centre console starter button the V12 burbles to life. The interior is beautifully appointed in typical Aston Martin fashion, yet the car has this raw edge to it. What else would you expect from one of Britain’s coolest brands. I select first gear and pull away.

It’s not the smoothest of transmissions to use around town, but as I get out on the motorway the shifts come with a lot more ease. The harder you drive, the better this car becomes. Many journalists have described this car as analogue in a digital world. It has an old style single clutch transmission, hydraulic steering and lacks a fancy suspension set up or digital dash display. Yet, who really needs all of this stuff anyway. Driving a performance car should be about feel, the way it makes you feel when you’re at full pelt blasting down a back road and the feedback you’re getting through the wheel while doing so. For that, this car checks all the boxes. It’s alive in your hands and the sound it makes puts a big smile on your face.

In this day and age though for SGD 840,000 (approx. USD 615,000), the consumer wants a lot more and the tech is part and parcel of the package. In this aspect it falls short. However, with a new model coming out soon and if the DB11 is anything to go by, the new car will be packed with tech on the inside and look gorgeous on the outside. Bond, I hope you’re ready…

This article was first published in PALACE.

Aston Martin Sells for $1 million via ApplePay

Aston Martin Sells for $1 million via ApplePay

If you ever wondered what the most expensive purely electronic payment was, this ApplePay purchase of a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 might just have set that record. Yes, ApplePay, really. UK auction house Coys’ bid to move classic car sales into the digital age by embracing social networks has paid off, to the tune of $1 million.

That’s how much one classic car fan has paid, via social media platform Vero, to take ownership of a pristine 1964 Aston Martin DB5. What’s more, the final transaction for £825,000 ($1.01 million) was made using Apple Pay – in itself a potential world first.

Rather than simply organize a real-world classic car auction and hope to get people in the same room worked up into a bidding frenzy, Coys joined social media platform Vero and offered a selection of four iconic modern classics for sale: the aforementioned DB5, a Ferrari Dino, a Ferrari Daytona and a Bentley Continental S2.

People could bid on them or hit the ‘buy now’ button instead and pay a pre-agreed sum to guarantee ownership.

To help classic car fans decide if the investment was sound – after all one of the most important aspects of a real-world auction is the chance to examine lots closely and even take cars for a test drive if you’re registered to bid – the company also had a stand at this year’s Paris Motor Show where visitors could see each of the cars in the flesh. But even here, things were a little different as if they had the Vero app installed, they could buy any of the cars immediately.

“The proud new owner saw the DB5 at the Paris Motor Show,” said Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys. “He was overjoyed to see the car of his dreams and didn’t want to lose it… he was keen to quickly get in front of the queue, so a few days later he hit the ‘Buy Now’ button on Vero to guarantee the purchase, leaving two other collectors disappointed in his wake.”

And even at more than $1 million, the buyer could well have scooped a bargain. The DB5 is in the most desirable silver birch paint finish with a red leather interior. What’s more it has undergone a complete ground-up restoration and has been kept in dry storage for the past 20 years.

“Collectors worldwide fight fiercely amongst themselves to obtain the best machines,” explained Routledge. “The ‘Buy Now’ feature on Vero will give informed and savvy collectors a crucial head start in a highly competitive market place. [It] signals a new era for classic car sales.”

You’ve missed out on the Aston Martin DB5, that’s true but Coys currently has a £400,000 Ferrari Dino 246 once owned by Led Zeppelin’s manager, an £800,000 Ferrari Daytona and a £295,000 Bentley Continental S2 listed on its Vero profile. We have a feeling more high-profile sales will be taking place on Vero.


Henrik Fisker Announces Fisker Automotive Return

Henrik Fisker is reviving Fisker Automotive and plans to introduce an all-new premium electric car that is expected to be unveiled in mid-2017. With talks that it will set the new standard for range between charges, there are high expectations for the vehicle. Bear in mind that this is completely different to the Karma Revero, which we covered previously.

Said to have greater head room and leg room that other cars in production, the vehicle is also expected to be constructed using innovative materials and will incorporate revolutionary battery technology. Little else is known about the new design. “Fisker Inc. will spearhead a revolution in electric cars that will disrupt the electric vehicle market and change the world,” said Henrik Fisker, who will serve as Chairman and CEO of the reformed company.

Back in 2012, the company launched the world’s first electrically propelled luxury GT called the Fisker Karma. The vehicle used a petrol generator to recharge the battery and was a bold vision by the brand. And because it was designed and conceived by the man that had been responsible for sketching the BMW Z8 and the Aston Martin DB9, the car and the company generated huge excitement.

Unfortunately, a combination of poor sales, problems with suppliers and a natural disaster forced Fisker to walk away and the company went into bankruptcy. “Both the technology and the market are more mature now than when we first started out as pioneers in the electric vehicle industry, and our new vehicle will be the most innovative and cutting-edge electric car ever created,” said Fisker. “With our game-changing battery technology, now is the time to develop more affordable, mass market vehicles,” he added.

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

To mark coachbuilder Touring Superleggera’s 90th anniversary, the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile (the Italian National Motor Museum or ‘MAUTO’) in Turin is hosting a retrospective exhibition of the Milanese car design and coachbuilder’s work. When the show opened to the public over the weekend, the work shown was in the form of 11 of the company’s greatest automotive creations. These ranged from the 1930s to the present day alongside sketches, design blueprints, photos and video footage.

“There is no better venue to celebrate our first 90 years than MAUTO. Not only is it the most important national car museum in Italy, but Turin was the cradle and the industrial heart of the Italian car industry,” said Piero Mancardi, CEO of Touring Superleggera.

Mancardi has been overseeing the company’s fortunes since it turned its attentions from designing mass-production models – Touring’s last production car design commission was the quixotic Jensen Interceptor – to creating truly bespoke commissions for the most demanding of car collecting clients and creating cutting-edge concepts for the likes of Mini and Maserati.

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

The Jensen Interceptor R. © Jensen International Automotive

But times and technological processes have changed over the automobile’s first 130 years, with design and development moving in-house. What the exhibition, co-curated with MAUTO itself, aims to show, is how much influence a single coachbuilder has had on the appearance of cars over that 130 years, particularly those of Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati.

“MAUTO is pleased with having participated in the development of this exhibition which, following the museum’s guidelines and applying a tutorial approach, develops the theme of creativity and its evolution in car design,” said MAUTO’s director, Rodolfo Gaffino Rossi.

The very first Lamborghini, the 1963 350 GT was a Touring design, as was the Aston Martin DB5, the most iconic British car in history, thanks to James Bond. Between 1948 and 1953 the firm designed five Ferraris, and undertook most of the marque’s production including for the 166 MM Barchetta, the vehicle that in 1949 laid the foundation on which the Ferrari legend was built (pictured top).

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

The 1963 Lamborghini 350GT. © Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

And all of these iconic cars will be present as part of the exhibition, as will a 1956 Maserati 3500 GT, a 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport and a 1939 BMW 328 Berlinetta Aerodinamica Touring.

“We chose to showcase Touring Superleggera’s design progress through a series of cars which we feel best represent our capability in adapting to the evolution of the automobile industry in rolling chassis, materials and production techniques, often allowing us to dictate new styles and trends ahead of their times,” said Louis de Fabribeckers, Head of Design.

And that’s why the final elements of the show will consist of the company’s latest designs including the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring which has been turning heads and emptying wallets since making its debut at the 2013 Geneva motor show.

“Touring Superleggera: Ninety Years of Forward-Looking Elegance” runs until November 20 at MAUTO, Turin, Italy. More images of the iconic Touring Superleggera cars follow below:

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

The 1963 Aston Martin DB5. © Aston Martin Lagonda Limited

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

The 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport ‘Villa d’Este’ © Touring Superleggera

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

Alfa Romeo Disco Volante By Touring. © Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera srl

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

BMW 328 Berlinetta Aerodinamica Touring from 1939. © Touring Superleggera

Goodwood Revival Welcomes Aston Martin DBR1

Once upon a time, Aston Martin had a sterling reputation in the world of motor racing and it was all down to one car, the Aston Martin DBR1. This legendary car is set to hit the track once more as one of the many highlights at the Goodwood Revival later this week. In case you need a reminder, the DBR1 helped win the luxury automaker the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959. Thanks to that win nearly five decades ago, Aston Martin was able to lay out the engineering and stylistic blueprint for all Astons. Even the modern DB11 bears some resemblance to the DBR1.

Along with the DBR1, Aston Martin is also bringing the 1961 DB4 GT Zagato and two examples of the DB3S from 1953 and 1955. “Goodwood provides two very different but equally special events for Aston Martin: the Festival of Speed and the Revival,” said Aston Martin President and CEO Dr Andy Palmer. “It seems entirely fitting, therefore, that Aston Martin plays its part once again this year and gives the visiting crowds something truly memorable to admire and experience.” Of course, the crowds are also part of the spectacle as period clothing is de rigueur.

Located at the Goodwood House in West Sussex, England, the Goodwood Revival celebrates vintage motoring and historical racing. The event is one where no car built after 1966 is allowed on track and attendees are required to come in period clothing to gain access (hence our point above). Running from September 9 to 11, this is one event that true enthusiasts won’t want to miss.

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5 Luxury Concept Cars Dominate Pebble Beach

At Pebble Beach this year, there was an impressive display of classic and concept cars that would have kept motoring enthusiasts on the edge of their seats. The Concours d’Elegance was an opportunity to showcase luxury concept cars and limited edition automobiles to the public, and boy did automakers pull out all the stops. We take a look at five of the most impressive luxury concept cars that caught our attention.

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6Mercedes-Maybach 6

Clocking in at 6-meters, this all-electric concept car is an awe-inducing spectacle from Mercedes, representing where it thinks the storied Maybach name fits into the global automotive narrative. Fitted with an electric power train deliver 750 horsepower, the car is able to go from 1 to 100 km/h in under four seconds. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 comes on the heels of other concepts presented by the brand and is actually the first indication of what’s to come for Maybach, a marque we love to ogle. Obviously, it is set to pave the way for an upcoming model in the Maybach range.

Fisker Karma


Henrik Fisker’s Fisker Karma cars are no more but the spirit of this marque gets its second wind here. Now christened the Karma Revero, the reborn plug-in hybrid is the first of Karma Automotives, complete with a new management team that focuses on the rather zen philosophy of cause and effect. It has inherited the same good looks as its namesake, and the solar roof is retained, which Karma Automotive boldly claims will generate enough energy to power the car.

BMW 2002 HomageThe BMW 2002 Hommage

Celebrating 100 years is a big deal and BMW is partying in many different ways, not least of which is this homage to one of its most symbolic creations, the 2002 Turbo. First created in 1973, the BMW 2002 was the first-ever road-going sports car that was equipped with a turbo charger. While the initial concept was unveiled at Villa d’Este in Italy earlier this year, Pebble Beach saw the manufacturer present a new version in orange and black — the original colors of the competition car that raced in the 1970s.

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato VolanteAston Martin Vanquish Zagato

British carmaker Aston Martin and Italian coach builder Zagato have dropped the top to present the American public with a convertible version of their Vanquish Zagato coupe. You’ve no doubt seen this dream machine before and it is certainly going into production although it may never reach showrooms anywhere. The production run for the model, which is equipped with a 592 horsepower V12 engine, will be limited to 99 copies.

Lamborghini Centenario RoadsterThe Lamborghini Centenario Roadster

At this year’s Pebble Beach, the Italian brand has opted to present the roadster version of its Centenario coupe. Unveiled earlier this year in Geneva, Switzerland, the Lamborghini Centenario, which marks the centenary of the birth of the founder of the brand, Ferrucio Lamborghini, is the most powerful ever built, with 770 horsepower enabling it to hit 100 km/h in only 2.8 seconds. The production run for the convertible version will be limited to just 20. The regular Centenario is already sold out and we expect the same here.

Ferrari: Ultimate Collectible Cars?

Of the 10 most expensive cars ever to fall under the auctioneer’s hammer, nine are Ferraris. In fact, cars carrying the prancing horse badge make up 22 of the top 30. For comparison, the best Aston Martin can manage is a DB4 GT Zagato in 16th place, while there is not a single Lamborghini in the current top 100. But why does Ferrari create such a frenzy, leading us to return to the theme again and again (for those interested, we sum up the desirability of Ferraris in our auction reports of 2015 vs 2016 story)? “They are the longest standing and most consistent racing manufacturer,” says James Cottingham. “I’m not surprised at how important the Ferrari brand has become in the classic car market.”

Cottingham is acquisition consultant for DK Engineering, a British company that has been restoring, race preparing, buying, selling, storing and helping clients build Ferrari collections since 1977. Within the classic car market, aesthetics and awards are important, but a big driver is sporting prowess and in particular Formula One – a sport that Ferrari has dominated more than any other marque. “They’re always at the forefront of supercar and sportscar technology in every era,” explains Cottingham. “As a result, it has definitely become the brand to follow.”

Aston Martin 1960 DB4GT Zagato

Aston Martin 1960 DB4GT Zagato

But if racing pedigree equals desirability, what about Porsche? “Porsche has a huge following but they’ve been mass produced and this lack of rarity diminishes value,” says Cottingham. “However, what is interesting is how much the collectability of the Porsche brand has grown in recent years as a direct result of Porsche’s return to Le Mans. It has really added to the brand.”

In its 103-year history, Aston Martin has only ever produced 700,000 cars and it has won Le Mans so why aren’t people going as crazy for Bond’s carmaker of choice? Cottingham points to initial quality. “If you restore a 1960s Aston, very little of the original car is left when the restoration is over,” he explains.

While auction prices are starting to cool, interest in Ferraris isn’t. Classic car valuations and insurance company Hagerty has noticed that younger consumers are moving into the market. As a result, the value of Aston Martin DB9s and late 1970s Porsche 911s is on the up. But so are prices for Ferraris, most notably the Testarossa (up 98%) and the 308GTB and GTS (65%).

1964 Ferrari 275 GTBC Speciale

1964 Ferrari 275 GTBC Speciale

“These new owners of modern classics reflect similar habits and preferences as past generations of collector car owners — people that have an interest in collector car ownership tend to purchase cars that they grew up with. Consequently, cars from the ‘80s and 90s are now attracting interest,” explains Hagerty CEO McKeel Hagerty.