*One-off factory prototype *Built as a fully functional vehicle *For display purposes only.
'The first sight of the successor to the Virage family came in January 1998 when Aston Martin unveiled a metallic green concept called Project Vantage at the New York International Auto Show.' - Andrew Noakes, 'Aston Martin - Model by Model'.
Offered here is the very car that heralded Aston Martin's new direction for the 21st Century: Project Vantage. Propelling AML back onto the supercar stage, it was built as a one-off prototype, with 'no plans for production'. Reaction from the press and potential customers was enthusiastic, convincing Aston Martin that such a car represented the way forward.
Like many other previous Aston Martin prototypes, Project Vantage was fully engineered and quite capable of being run on the road or racetrack. Styled by Ian Callum, Project Vantage was strongly influenced by the DB7 (also his work) and Zagato's DB4 GT. The car featured a new 6.0-litre V12 engine with a claimed output of 450bhp, while the semi-automatic transmission's gear change was by means of a Formula 1-type paddle system - a first for Aston Martin.
Project Vantage's only public appearance in the UK was during 1998 at the AMOC race meeting at Donington Park in October. Since the autumn of 2003, Project Vantage has been displayed in the AM Works Service Reception in the company of a V12 Vanquish, the production model that it sired. Since then it has been seen in public only once: at the 2014 UK Vanquish day at AM Works, Newport Pagnell.
Although built as a fully functional vehicle, Project Vantage cannot be registered for road use and is thus offered for display or track day use only. A possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the serious collector to acquire this historically significant Aston Martin prototype.