2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269

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Lot 236
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé

Sold for £ 309,500 (US$ 418,202) inc. premium
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé
Registration no. W7 FTA
Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
*Number '29' of 40 Le Mans models
*Single family ownership
*Original registration mark
*Circa 4,000 miles 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 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 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 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 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. 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 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 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. 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 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, aluminium gear lever knob, 'button' starter, and brushed metal panelling instead of the traditional wood veneers, while the Wilton carpeting featured embossed 'Aston Martin' emblems.

    Finished in Aston Martin Racing Green with Saddle Tan trim, this limited edition Vantage Le Mans - number '29' of the 40 made - was delivered new to the current owner's husband equipped with the close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox and the Super Sports exhaust. Aston Martin Works has confirmed that it is one of only four Le Mans models that have not had the V600 conversion.

    Ownership transferred from husband to wife in March 2013. Supplied by the factory, a printout summary of the car's service history is on file, the last service having been carried out by HWM, Walton-on-Thames in 2007 at 2,148 miles. Additional documentation consists of a V5C Registration Certificate and current MoT.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this car has benefitted from a recent, full service by Trinity Engineering totalling £8,400, invoice on file.
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2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans Coupé  Chassis no. SCFDAM2S9YBR70269
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