1996 Aston Martin Vantage Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2535BR70132

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Lot 206
1996 Aston Martin Vantage Coupé

Sold for £ 166,666 (US$ 189,203) inc. premium
1996 Aston Martin Vantage Coupé
Registration no. P171 KWC
Chassis no. SCFDAM2535BR70132
*One of the fastest and most powerful supercars of its day
*Automatic transmission
*Four previous owners
*All original books and tools

Footnotes

  • 'What the Vantage is, and what the Virage, Volante and Zagato are not, is 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...' - Autocar & Motor.

    'Brutal' was a word used more than once to described 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 appeared superficially similar few panels were shared, while beneath the skin the Vantage chassis boasted the kind of extensive re-engineering required to cope with the massive increase in performance. The latter came courtesy of a blown version of Aston'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 Vantage engine is monstrously torquey, producing 550lb/ft at 4,000rpm, a figure that made even the mighty the Chrysler Viper V10's 450lb/ft seem puny by way of comparison.

    On test with Autocar magazine, a development Vantage raced to 60mph in a Ferrari 512TR-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 Vantage was reported as having already recorded 191mph while on test in France. Its price at launch was as eye-watering as the performance figures: a cool £177,600. By the time production ceased in 1999, it is believed just 240 standard V550 Vantages had been built for all markets.

    This stunning Vantage is presented in 'as built' specification and has the optional four-speed automatic transmission, believed to have been fitted by Aston Martin from new, as well as an up-rated audio system (installed after delivery). The car has had four previous owners, the last owners purchasing the car in 2007. In recent years the car has benefited from considerable expenditure at Aston Martin Works totalling over £20,000. Finished in Mendip Blue with dark blue-piped Parchment leather interior, it is presented in full working order, MoT'd, ready to use and cosmetically superb thanks to a refreshment of the coachwork. Recently inspected by Aston Martin Heritage agents Nicholas Mee & Company, the Vantage was confirmed to be in generally excellent condition throughout. The car comes complete with its original books and tool kit together with a large history file including, current and expired MoT certificates, service & maintenance invoices from HWM Aston Martin and Aston Martin Works Service as well as Vehicle security details and cherished registration number correspond from DVLA.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the owner's manual is missing. Please note that the chassis number of this car is incorrect in the printed and online catalogue and should read SCFDAM2S3SBR70132.
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1996 Aston Martin Vantage Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2535BR70132
1996 Aston Martin Vantage Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2535BR70132
1996 Aston Martin Vantage Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2535BR70132
1996 Aston Martin Vantage Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2535BR70132
1996 Aston Martin Vantage Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2535BR70132
1996 Aston Martin Vantage Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2535BR70132
1996 Aston Martin Vantage Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2535BR70132
1996 Aston Martin Vantage Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2535BR70132
1996 Aston Martin Vantage Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2535BR70132
1996 Aston Martin Vantage Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2535BR70132
1996 Aston Martin Vantage Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2535BR70132
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