One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259

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Lot 215
2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé
Registration no. M13 EJW Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259

Sold for £ 449,500 (US$ 607,372) inc. premium
One owner, 3,000 miles from new
2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé
Registration no. M13 EJW
Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
*2,637 miles from new
*Number '9' of 40 Le Mans models built
*One of four built to 600bhp and six-speed manual gearbox specification
*Built to special order
*Includes original numbered and signed V8 Vantage Le Mans Booklet
*One owner from new

Footnotes

  • 'It's been just over ten years, yet still etched in my memory is the sound of the Vantage 600's rear Goodyears fizzing on wet roads in third or fourth gear. It never failed to get my full attention, and I was grateful for the supercharged V8's progressive delivery, the poise of the chassis and, in time, the gentleness and predictability with which those plump rear tyres succumbed to 600bhp and 600lb/ft.' — John Barker, Evo magazine, June 2009.

    'Brutal' was a word used more than once to describe the fastest Aston Martin ever on its introduction in 1993, but as the Vantage had no less than 550bhp available to propel its two tons, the choice can only be judged fair comment. After almost 20 years in production, Aston's V8 had been updated for the 1990s as the Virage. A consummate fast tourer, the Virage left room at the top of the range for an out-and-out sports car, hence the Vantage. Although the two models appear superficially similar few panels are shared, while beneath the skin the Vantage chassis boasts the kind of extensive re-engineering required to cope with the massive increase in performance. The latter comes courtesy of a blown version of Tad Marek's 5,340cc V8, twin mechanically driven Eaton superchargers being preferred to turbo-charging 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 made 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' enhancement that brought with it an additional 50 horsepower together with upgrades to the wheels, suspension and brakes. Announced at the British Motor Show at the NEC, Birmingham in 1998, the V600 package added £43,000 to the price of the standard Vantage.

    On test with Autocar magazine, a development Vantage raced to 60mph in a destroying 4.6 seconds, reaching the 'ton' just 5.5 seconds later. The standing kilometre was achieved in 23.1 seconds with the speedometer registering close to 150mph, and although a true top speed figure proved unobtainable, the car was reported as having already recorded 191mph while on test in France.
    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, and the Le Mans version could be ordered with either the stock 550bhp or enhanced 600bhp engines. 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 reversing lights. The Le Mans received unique five-spoke magnesium alloy wheels. While beneath the skin its chassis boasted the kind of extensive upgrading, in the form of the 'Driving Dynamics' package, required to cope with the massive increase in performance that the Vantage gained over its Virage progenitor.

    On the road, its potential performance was equally staggering: 0-100km/h (62mph) being achievable in 3.9 seconds while a top speed in excess of 320km/h (200mph) was possible. The Le Mans interior too was specially reconfigured in the sporting idiom, boasting perforated competition-style pedals, an oversize tachometer, aluminum gear lever knob, 'button' starter and brushed metal paneling instead of the wood veneers, while the Wilton carpeting featured embossed 'Aston Martin' emblems. Of the 40 Le Mans made, 15 were right-hand drive, 22 were left-hand drive and three were converted from right- to left-hand drive. The 600bhp engine was fitted to 30 examples.

    This limited edition, right-hand drive Vantage Le Mans – number '9' of the 40 made – was delivered new to the current owner equipped with many extras including the factory's V600 package and the close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox, making this car one of only four built to that specification. Importantly, its green exterior colour (RM 5235A) is unique to this car, having been specially formulated to the vendor's specification. The specification also includes full leather seats, burr elm wood veneer (in place of the alloy finish) and a burr elm gear lever knob. Terry Durston was requested to build the engine.

    Always maintained by Aston Martin Works, '9' will have been serviced by them immediately prior to sale; it has covered only 2,637 miles from new and is presented in commensurately excellent condition. The car also comes with its tool kit, all the original instruction books, the original invoice, and documents from the factory including the numbered V8 Vantage Le Mans booklet signed by Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby.

    One of the last, hand built Newport Pagnell cars, this V600 is unique among the 40 Le Mans models built. It remains one of the most powerful cars Aston Martin has ever produced and is highly collectible.
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One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
One owner, 3,000 miles from new,2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S6XBR70259
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