One owner from new,1999 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM251XBL70247 Engine no. 590/R/70247/MLM
Lot 130
One owner from new, 1999 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé
Registration no. V8 PNV Chassis no. SCFDAM251XBL70247 Engine no. 590/R/70247/MLM
Sold for £122,500 (US$ 163,547) inc. premium

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One owner from new,1999 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM251XBL70247 Engine no. 590/R/70247/MLM One owner from new,1999 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM251XBL70247 Engine no. 590/R/70247/MLM One owner from new,1999 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM251XBL70247 Engine no. 590/R/70247/MLM One owner from new,1999 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM251XBL70247 Engine no. 590/R/70247/MLM One owner from new,1999 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM251XBL70247 Engine no. 590/R/70247/MLM One owner from new,1999 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM251XBL70247 Engine no. 590/R/70247/MLM
One owner from new
1999 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé
Registration no. V8 PNV
Chassis no. SCFDAM251XBL70247
Engine no. 590/R/70247/MLM
In March 1999, Aston Martin announced that 40 special versions of the Vantage - the Vantage Le Mans - would be built to celebrate the factory’s famous victory at the Le Mans 24-Hour Race in 1959, when Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby took the chequered flag first in ‘DBR1/2’.
The basis of what was at that time the fastest Aston Martin ever was the standard Vantage. Although at a glance outwardly similar to the latter, the Le Mans could be distinguished by its front wing side vents - recalling those of the DBR1 racer - ducted bonnet, ‘nostril’ front grille and improved high-downforce air dam, while at the rear the spoiler was revised to incorporate the high-intensity and reversing lights. The Le Mans received unique five-spoke magnesium alloy wheels, while beneath the skin its chassis boasted the kind of extensive re-engineering required to cope with the massive increase in performance that the Vantage had gained over its Virage progenitor. The Le Mans interior too was specially reconfigured in the sporting idiom, boasting perforated, competition-style pedals, an oversize tachometer, aluminium gearlever knob, ‘button’ starter and brushed metal panelling instead of the traditional wood veneers, while the Wilton carpeting featured embossed ‘Aston Martin’ emblems.
For the Vantage, Aston Martin engineers developed a blown version of the proven 5,340cc V8 engine, twin mechanically driven Eaton superchargers being preferred to turbo-chargers on the grounds of superior throttle response. Quite apart from its stupendous maximum output of 550bhp, remarkable enough in itself, the engine is monstrously torquey, producing 550lb/ft at 4,000rpm, a figure that makes even the mighty Chrysler Viper V10’s 450lb/ft seem puny by way of comparison. And for those who found 550bhp insufficient, there was the Works Service-developed ‘V600’ package that brought with it an additional 50 horsepower.
Autocar summed up the Vantage as, “a real Aston Martin; a big, very beautiful, very fast, albeit expensive GT with so much appeal and purpose behind it that it is more an experience than it is mere transport.” On the road its potential performance was equally impressive: 0-100km/h (62mph) being achievable in 3.9 seconds and a top speed in excess of 320km/h (200mph) possible.
This limited edition Vantage Le Mans was sold new to the current owner and has been maintained exclusively by Aston Martin Works Service throughout its life. A left-hand drive model to V600 engine specification and equipped with the five-speed ‘short shift’ transmission, it has covered circa 17,000 miles from new. Options fitted include traction control, super sports exhaust system, self-dipping rear-view mirror, Powerfold door mirrors, front and rear proximity sensors, Alpine stereo system, satellite navigation, DVD player, front/rear colour cameras, 24-hour monitor tracker and K40 radar detector. Finished in green with fawn Connolly hide upholstery, the car is offered with current MoT and Swansea V5 registration document.

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  • This vehicle is currently being re-registered due to the owner retaining his cherished number. A new registration document will be forwarded to the new owner.
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