1999 Aston Martin Vantage 600 Le Mans Coupe SOLD
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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 similar to the standard Vantage, 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. The Le Mans interior was specially reconfigured in the sporting idiom, boasting perforated, competition-style pedals, an oversize tachometer, aluminum 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 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. 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. For those who found 550bhp insufficient, there was the Works Service-developed ‘V600’ package that brought with it an additional 50 horsepower. Thus the Vantage Le Mans V600 as offered here.

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 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 V600 was sold new to the first owner and was maintained exclusively by Aston Martin Factory Works Service until its importation to the United States by Autosport Designs, Inc. just a couple of years ago. A rare left-hand drive model upgrade to V600 engine specification by Works Service and equipped with the five-speed ‘short shift’ transmission, it has covered 16,000 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 color cameras, 24-hour monitor tracker and K40 radar detector.

This V600 Le Mans has been well maintained as well as housed by Autosport Designs, Inc. since its importation by its 2nd owner. It is only for sale due to a newly acquired significant vintage racing Aston.

This is a rare opportunity to acquire what is certainly the last of the great hand built models from Newport Pagnell and without a doubt the most powerful limited edition Aston Martin road car manufactured to date.

Please note this is one of only two of this model imported to the United States, both imported through Autosport Designs, Inc. It is offered for immediate sale and legal in the United States, a process that is both extremely expensive ($50-$70,000.00) and time consuming (1 year or more) to do for the next person interested in importing one of these models. So…This one is here and available now!

Reference Number 4160

as of 9/24/2006

Overview
Car 1999 Aston Martin Vantage 600 Le Mans Coupe
Small Series  8 of 40 
Exterior / Interior Color Aston Martin Racing Green / Fawn 
Mileage 16,000 miles 
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