1999 Aston Martin Vantage / Le MansSOLD
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1999 Aston Martin V600 Vantage Le Mans (car no. 16 of 40)

Chassis no. SCFDAM2SOXBL70256

Engine no. 590/R/70256/M LM

-The ultimate evolution of the original Aston Martin V8 bloodline

-One of just 40 Le Mans built, and just four originally to 600bhp, 6 speed manual spec

-Two owners and 28,500km from new

-The most sought after Aston Martin of the modern era

“Aston Martin is commissioning a series of 40 special, named and numbered editions of the V8 Vantage in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Aston Martin’s victories at Le Mans and in the World Sportscar Championship.”

“Available with a choice of either a 550 or 600 horsepower twin supercharged 5.3 litre Aston Martin V8 engine- almost three times the power output of the six cylinder Le Mans winning DBR1- the Le Mans Vantage has the potential to exceed 200mph and reach 100mph in less than 10 seconds.” Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd press release.

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 1959 Le Mans 24-Hours, when Roy Salvadori and Carrol Shelby took the chequered flag in ‘DBR1/2’.

The basis of the fastest and most expensive 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 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 gained over its Virage progenitor.

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 550 lb/ft al 4,000rpm, a figure that makes even the mighty Chrysler Viper V10’s 450 lb/ft seem puny by way of comparison.

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 that mere transport.” On the road its potential performance was equally staggering: 0-100km/h (62mph) being achievable in 3.9 seconds and a top speed in excess of 320km/h (200mph) possible.

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 paneling instead of the traditional wood veneers, while the Wilton carpeting featured embossed ‘Aston Martin’ emblems.

For the Aston Martin connoisseur, probably no road car built by the Works can match this for rarity, power and old school charisma. Its price tag at launch approached a quarter of a million pounds. The specification of the 40 cars varied from customer to customer, but most would agree that this particular example is the ultimate: just four (yes, four) cars had the 600bhp version of the supercharged engine (550bhp was standard) and the six speed manual gearbox (automatic and five speed were also offered). Of the 40 Le Mans made, 15 were right-hand drive, 22 were left-hand drive and three were converted from RHD to LHD.

Chassis ‘70256’ is of course one of the 40. It was purchased from its original owner in 2001, when the mileage stood at 13,000km, and today the car has covered 28,500km. Maintenance has been entrusted to Auto Performance in Paris, who supplied the car originally, including a recent service (April 2011). Handsomely finished in Aston Martin Racing Green with matching green leather dashboard top roll and beige suede/ tobacco leather seating piped green, the car is believed accident free, has its original owners manuals and is French (EU) registered. This is an exciting ‘find’ from private ownership and a very rare motor car.

Reference Number 127528

as of 5/25/2011

Car 1999 Aston Martin Vantage / Le Mans
Small Series  16 of 40 
Exterior / Interior Color      Green /      Tan 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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